Owhango Adventures

$499 for a 3 Day Guided Canoe Adventure Through Whanganui National Park for 1 Person incl. All Meals, Equipment & Accommodation, or $949 for 2 People, or $1799 for 4 People from Owhango Adventures (Value Up To $3400)

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Drift down one of New Zealand's most breath-taking rivers with an experienced guide, and some top quality banter too of course!

Includes all meals, camping gear and a local guide who will give insight into the history of the awa (river) and ensure a safe, hassle free 3 days on the river.

Check-in at Owhango Adventures, Mid-Late afternoon.

1st night: stay at Owhango Adventures relaxing, packing gear, dinner supplied.

Whakahoro to John Coull Hut, 37.5km, 7-9 hours

2nd day: Breakfast, transport to river, safety briefing then start your paddling adventure.

Your journey begins at Whakahoro. The scenic middle reaches of the river, featuring numerous waterfalls after heavy rain. Past Mangapapa Campsite, you’ll take a long loop around the Kirikiriroa peninsula, pass the Tarepokiore (whirlpool) rapid and then the large overhang known as Tamatea’s Cave. Please do not enter the cave as it is wāhi tapu (a sacred place). Otaihanga Reach leads you to your overnight stop at John Coull Hut or Campsite.

John Coull Hut to Tīeke Kāinga, 29km, 7-9 hours

3rd day: Camping on riverside, breakfast, lunch dinner supplied.

On this section, you’ll follow the river as it meanders through bush-covered hills, passing the mouths of the Tangarakau and Whangamomona rivers where they join the Whanganui. Perched high above the river, Mangawaiiti is an attractive spot to camp or stop for lunch. Continue your trip downstream past the Mangapurua Landing, gateway to the Bridge to Nowhere, on your way to Tīeke Kāinga. Here you can examine the intricately-carved pou whenua (carved timber pole) and learn about the history of Tīeke and the tikanga (protocol) of the marae.

Tīeke Kāinga to Pipiriki, 21.5km, 4-6 hours
4th day: Off river around 1pm, back at Owhango adventures HQ by 3pm so you can head home.

You’ll pass through the scenic gorge of the Manganui o te Ao River where it enters the Whanganui after its journey from the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. The Ngaporo and Autapu rapids can provide plenty of excitement and perhaps a cool dip on a hot day. You’ll pass through more exotic trees and farmland before finally reaching the end of your journey at Pipiriki village.


Watch and listen for the native birdlife of the Whanganui National Park, including kererū, whio/blue duck, tūī and brown kiwi. There has been a noticeable increase in birdsong since Kia Wharite, a partnership to protect some of our most precious taonga, began in the Whanganui National Park in 2008 -

For more information on the walk and side tracks, please visit the DOC Whanganui Journey website.

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