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Whanganui River

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Stayed right in front of it

We arrived and were lucky enough to have accommodation right on Wanganui River just before Cyclone Cook. The river was already quite high but with a couple of days of night rain... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
Busselton, Australia
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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Canoed this for three days; two was enough! Pretty samey, slow running mostly (so hard work) punctuated by a ridiculously large number of Rapids!!! Lots of biting insects including sand flies - over rated?

Thank jack c
Busselton, Australia
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

We arrived and were lucky enough to have accommodation right on Wanganui River just before Cyclone Cook. The river was already quite high but with a couple of days of night rain, very convenient for us, it rose some more. A very pleasant walk is available around the river via two bridges. Such a pleasant experience for us to watch... More 

Thank Keza_WA
Quebec City, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

After visiting NZ for more than 5 weeks now, I have see a lot of nice rivers, but there is something special here. A history, special energy or the unique nature? I don't know, but one should not miss it.

Thank TOsunnyfirst
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We went as far as the bridge to no where and this part of the river was beautiful and remote and clear with amazing reflections in the water unlike the dirty coloured water flowing through the city.

Thank Alipa50
Auckland, New Zealand
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

3 days canoeing down the Whanganui river surrounded by mist, towering cliffs and thick dense bush in an almost eerie quiet, interspersed with the sounds of birds and approaching rapids. This was an amazing way to experience an inaccessible part of New Zealand. No road access in the section of this mighty river for the 3 days we were on... More 

Thank AnnieValdaAllen
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

...you can take the big boat in Whanganui, its a Steamer,...but maybe a bit boring,..... we did a 2 hour Kanu ride, from Pirikiri, actually Bridge to nowhere, that was nice....up withe the Jet Boat, than hiking , back with the Kanu. There are also 3-5 Days tours..... very nice River !!!

Thank India2012
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Nice to go down (or up) by car, bike, jet boat or canoe (one section with a gorge is boat/canoe only - no road or track). Trips from 1 to 7 days. Campsites by the river, lodge near the Bridge to Nowhere.

Thank David G
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

My two friends and I rented a canoe and kayak for the three-day trip down the Whanganui from Whakahoro to Pipiriki. We stayed at the DOC Ōhauora campsite the first night and Ramanui Campground the second night. It was a fun trip, and one I'd recommend to others. A few things to know - - The river doesn't move swiftly... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Stayed for one night near the river. The following morning I did a run on the river paths, across the bridges, thru the reserve, beautiful view as the sun was coming up and the river came to life. My husband did a walk on the town side of the river along the path. Good paths in any weather.

Thank HKirk-1234
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 January 2017

With 20 people in our group (aged 13-68) we paddled for 3 days from Whakahoro to Pipiriki, enjoying the stunning scenery along the way, mixed weather, interesting camp sites, many beautiful waterfalls, caves, rapids and people along the way, best thing of all was the organisation of the people at Taumaranui Canoe Hire, couldnt have done it without their advice... More 

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