Welcome to Canoe Safaris, your premier destination for guided canoe trips on the stunning Whanganui River in New Zealand. Our experienced guides will take you on a journey through the heart of the Central North Island, where you’ll experience the beauty and tranquillity of one of the most scenic rivers in the country.
Our guided canoe trips cater to all skill levels, from novice paddlers to experienced kayakers. You’ll have the opportunity to paddle through lush native bush, marvel at towering waterfalls, and spot a range of native birdlife.
Our trips also include stops at various historical sites, including the famous Bridge to Nowhere, a testament to New Zealand’s pioneering spirit.
At Canoe Safaris, we offer a range of multi-day trips, from one-day adventures to five-day expeditions.
Our one-day trip covers a 30km section of the river, with stops at historic sites and lunch on the riverbank.
Our two-day trip includes a stay at our riverside campsites or unique accommodation places, where you can relax and unwind after a day of paddling.
Our three-day trip takes you further down the river, with more time to explore the stunning scenery and enjoy the peace of the wilderness.
For those looking for a more immersive experience, our four and five-day trips are the ultimate Whanganui River adventure.
You’ll spend your days paddling through the remote wilderness, with plenty of time to explore side streams and hidden waterfalls.
In the evenings, you’ll relax in our comfortable campsites and enjoy delicious meals prepared by our guides.
At Canoe Safaris, we’re committed to providing guests with a safe and enjoyable experience.
Our guides are trained to the highest standards, and we use top-of-the-line equipment to ensure your comfort and safety on the river.
So why wait? Book your guided canoe trip with Canoe Safaris today and experience the natural wonders of the Whanganui River for yourself.
If you only have one day to spare or want a taste of the Whanganui River before committing to a more extended trip, our lavender farm voyage is the perfect option.
During your journey, you’ll paddle through a landscape steeped in early Aotearoa history, with remnants of rock weirs and other Riverboat artifacts visible along the way.
As you glide past ancient native bush, you’ll feel a connection to the land that has endured for centuries.
Our guides will share their knowledge of the area, pointing out key historical and cultural landmarks along the route.
At the end of the day, you’ll arrive at our lavender farm café, where you can relax and unwind while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Our lavender farm canoe trip is the perfect way to experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Whanganui River.
Book your trip today and discover the magic of this special place for yourself.
Looking for an exciting 2-day weekend adventure on the Whanganui River? Join us on our two-day guided canoe trip, where you’ll cover the stunning 87km section of the Whanganui National Park and experience the thrill of a jetboat ride down the last part of the river to Pipiriki.
On the first day, we’ll paddle through lush native bush and past towering waterfalls before arriving at our overnight stop, the John Coull Hut and Campsite. Enjoy a hearty meal and relax under the stars before turning in for the night.
On the second day, we’ll take a walk to the famous Bridge to Nowhere, a testament to New Zealand’s pioneering spirit. After exploring the site, we’ll embark on a thrilling jetboat ride to Pipiriki, taking in the stunning scenery along the way.
Our experienced guides will provide insight into the area’s rich history and culture, and ensure your safety and comfort throughout the trip. This 2-day guided canoe trip is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty and tranquility of the Whanganui River.
So why wait? Book your trip now and get ready for an unforgettable adventure on the Whanganui River.
Are you looking for an exciting weekend adventure on the Whanganui River? Our 2-day guided canoe trip is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty and history of the area.
This trip covers the upper section of the river, from the launch point down to Whakahoro. Choose between two options, covering either 37.5km or 57km, depending on the river levels and group fitness.
Along the way, you’ll encounter many of the area’s historic sites and rapids, including some of the most thrilling rapids on the river.
Our experienced guides will provide insight into the area’s rich history and culture and ensure your safety and comfort throughout the trip.
This 2-day canoe trip is ideal for those with just a weekend to spare or those who want to “test the water” before committing to a more extended trip.
Contact us today to learn more about our tailored approach to the trip and how we can create an unforgettable adventure for you.
So why wait? Book your trip now and get ready to experience the thrill and beauty of the upper Whanganui River.
Are you looking for a relaxing 3-day adventure on the Whanganui River? Join us on our 3-day guided canoe trip and experience the beauty and history of this iconic New Zealand river.
Our two six-person open canoes are based on the early Voyageur canoes from the fur trading days in Canada, offering a comfortable and unique experience on the river. Our priority is your comfort, and we’ve added little extras to make your trip unforgettable.
The trip covers 90km of the Whanganui River and includes:
Relax and cruise in style in our Big Canoes, with our experienced guides providing insight into the area’s rich history and culture.
This 3-day guided canoe trip is perfect if you only have three days but still want to relax and unwind. So why wait? Book your trip now and get ready to experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Whanganui River in style.
We want to make your 3-day guided canoe trip as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, so we offer the option to stay with us in our Ohakune Lodge the night before your trip.
We’ll take care of all transportation to the river and expertly guide you throughout the journey.
During your 3-day adventure, we’ll provide you with high-quality camping and safety equipment, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
And we’ll ensure you’re well-fed with delicious gourmet meals in the wilderness. Wake up to a cooked breakfast each morning before starting your day of adventure.
Staying with us at our Ohakune Lodge before your trip is a great way to relax and prepare for your upcoming journey.
Plus, getting to know your fellow adventurers before setting off on your 3-day guided canoe trip is an excellent opportunity.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay at our Ohakune Lodge and prepare for an unforgettable 3-day adventure on the Whanganui River!
Looking for a more relaxed pace and extra time to explore the stunning Whanganui River?
Our 4-day guided tour is the perfect option for families with children, larger groups, or anyone who wants to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the river and its surroundings.
With an extra day to paddle and explore, you’ll have more time to take in the stunning canyons, tributaries, and swimming spots the river offers.
Our experienced guides will also use this extra time to focus on your canoeing skills so that you can feel confident and comfortable on the water.
We take care of everything on this trip, from booking the necessary DOC permits to providing spacious tents, comfortable mattresses, and high-quality safety equipment.
Our camp cooking is top-notch, too, with delicious cooked breakfasts and three-course gourmet dinners with New Zealand wine each night.
Relax and let us take care of the details while you enjoy the journey of a lifetime on the beautiful Whanganui River.
Experience the ultimate Whanganui River adventure with our 5-day guided tour.
This is the perfect trip for those looking to truly disconnect from technology and immerse themselves in the stunning wilderness of the Whanganui National Park.
Ideal for families with children or anyone seeking a longer, more in-depth journey.
We take care of everything, including gourmet-cooked breakfasts and 3-course dinners with New Zealand wine, spacious tents, comfortable 3-inch thick sleeping mats, and cooking gear.
All you need to bring is a sleeping bag and personal gear.
Explore canyons, waterfalls, and historically significant sites on this 120km Whanganui journey stretch.
With five days on the river, our experienced guides will teach you tips and techniques to navigate the river like a pro.
This is our most popular Whanganui River trip and the ultimate holiday for anyone seeking an actual wilderness experience.
Depending on the river levels, you can start at either Ohinepane or Whakahoro.
Avoid the busier campsites and enjoy the tranquillity of the river on this unforgettable adventure.Ohinepane
Looking for a thrilling canoe adventure? Look no further than the Rangitikei River! This incredible river is known for its small rapids, clear water, and stunning scenery.
This is the perfect option if you want something different from the Whanganui River tour. The Rangitikei River winds through the Kaimanawa and Ruahine ranges, creating steep gorges and breathtaking views.
The rapids are grade one and two, providing just the right amount of excitement for a fun-filled trip. In addition to the rapids, there are plenty of opportunities for trout fishing, swimming, and exploring.
You can enjoy grassy campsites on the river’s edge, hike to waterfalls, and see the incredible Rangitikei Boulders. Plus, we offer the chance to walk to the remains of the Mangaweka power scheme built in 1911 – a fascinating piece of history.
How about some wild camping?
As DOC doesn’t manage this river, we have more flexibility for campsites on our longer trips. Our experienced guides will ensure you have everything you need for an unforgettable trip.
Join us for a fun-filled day on the Rangitikei River surrounded by steep gorges.
This one-day canoe trip departs from our Ohakune base at 7am and includes lunch along the way.
Your experienced guide will ensure your safety while showing you the best spots to take in the stunning scenery and have some fun on the river.
Depending on river levels and time of year, we have a few options available, so get in touch to find out what works best for you!
On the first day of our two-day Rangitikei River trip, we’ll pass under several huge viaducts on the main trunk railway and see the famous bungy and rope swing at Gravity Canyon.
The upper gorge of the river has lots of small rapids, providing excitement and a challenge for more experienced paddlers.
The scenery is breathtaking and we’ll encounter rapids every 50m or so. As we continue downstream, the river gradually becomes easier.
This is an ideal trip for those who have previous paddling experience or have done the Whanganui River tour before. We’ve had many overseas guests who rate the Rangitikei River as one of the best they’ve ever paddled.
Day 1: We start our journey at Mokai, where we’ll introduce you to your experienced guide and fellow paddlers. The first day covers the deep papa gorges of the Rangitikei River, which offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in the region.
With rapids every 50m or so, you’ll be in for an exciting day on the water. We’ll also pass under several of the impressive viaducts on the main trunk railway and see the famous bungy and rope swing at Gravity Canyon.
Day 2: We continue our journey downstream, with the river becoming gradually easier as we go.
We’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop and explore the natural surroundings, including grassy riverbanks, stands of native bush, and short walks to waterfalls. There will also be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the clear water for swimming and trout fishing.
Day 3: On our final day, we’ll pass through the picturesque farmland surrounding Ohingaiti before reaching the end of our journey.
We’ll celebrate our adventure with a delicious lunch before saying our goodbyes and heading back to civilisation.
Starting at the end of the white water rafting section, this 4-day canoe trip on the Rangitikei River is an unforgettable adventure.
We’ll cover the deep papa gorges down the river to Ohingaiti, passing under several of the huge viaducts on the main trunk railway, as well as the old bungy and rope swing at Gravity Canyon.
The first day is packed with stunning scenery and exciting rapids, with plenty of challenges and fun to be had. As we make our way further down the river, the rapids become easier and the scenery no less spectacular.
Throughout the trip, we’ll enjoy grassy campsites on the river’s edge, clear water for swimming and trout fishing, short walks to waterfalls and the incredible “Rangitikei Boulders”. As the river isn’t managed by DOC, we offer flexibility for campsites on our longer trips, including the option for wild camping.
Whether you’re an experienced paddler or a first-timer looking for adventure, this trip won’t disappoint.