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Whanganui River Canoes

Whanganui River Canoes

is a growing, locally owned and operated business based in Raetihi at the Raetihi Holiday Park.

Ben and Rebecca will be your hosts, along with our children Jasmine, Blake and Hunter – our aim is to make your stay at our Holiday Park and your trip on the Whanganui River an amazing experience.

We are the only canoe hire operators on the Whanganui River that own a Holiday Park so be assured that you will have a comfortable night’s sleep in our range of accommodation options the night before your trip – your comfort is our priority. After meeting us at the Raetihi Holiday Park we will shuttle you and your group to whichever canoe destination you have chosen. You can be assured that your cars will be securely parked at our base (for free) while you are paddling on the Whanganui River. And enjoy a free warm shower, drink, and snack when you get back to our base after the trip.

Sustainable Tourism

Due to a slip  the State Highway 4 is closed. Alternative Routes are State Highway 1 which is an awesome option if travelling from the Palmerston North/Wellington Direction.

If travelling from Whanganui, or you want to have a scenic option, drive the Whanganui River Road, to Pipiriki, and then up to Raetihi. The Whanganui River Road has lots of spots to stop and explore. Ensure that you stay to the left, as the road can be quite narrow, and that you slow down for oncoming traffic, and as you travel through villages. 

Our trips include 3 to 5 day guided canoe experiences as well as freedom hire for you to explore the Whanganui River at your leisure. We can cater for any type of group, and are Safety Audited as required by the Adventure Activity Regulations. Choose Whanganui River Canoes for your next school camp, family reunion, guys or gal’s trip away or team building activity.

We purchase new equipment each year, and being one of the newest operators on the Whanganui River – having the best equipment and transport options is our priority. The Whanganui River meanders it’s way from the mountains of the Central North Island down to the west coast before finally emerging at Wanganui.

The river provides a safe but fun trip that is ideal for canoe travel and has “just enough” rapids to keep things interesting with incredible scenery along the way. There are huts and campsites conveniently placed on route. Your trip will finish in Pipiriki, and we are the closest operator to this spot.

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We look forward to providing you with an unforgettable experience as we share our world with you!

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