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Whanganui, New Zealand
+64 800 862 743
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Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

Had a rush trip to Whanganui for work. This river is very extensive. There are lots of activities to do, including paddle river boat tours. Fishing at the bar. Rowing, canoeing etc The upper reaches are very historical.

Thank Mark E
Reviewed December 9, 2017 via mobile

Runs right through Wanganui. Can follow it along or just sit on the river bank,enjoy the views and have a nice relaxing picnic with friends and family

Thank leoniehastings
Reviewed December 1, 2017

Impressive river through town - we watched triathletes training their swimming. More impressive if you follow the river up north inland.

Thank jobst56
Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

Such a great trip. We stayed at blue duck lodge, John Coull hutt and tieke Kainga. Great trip, brilliant weather. Be ready to tip out of the canoe but a swim is welcome after how hot it is! The hutt wardens were great. All in...More

Thank Andy B
Reviewed November 8, 2017

By staying on the river you get to see a lot of the birds and locals enjoying the river. I think you can also take a trip on the river.

Thank ianfayh
Reviewed October 3, 2017

I have been on many parts of this river (now regarded as a person) I love the saying I am the river, the river is me - very spiritual with amazing history along every km of it

Thank Carol D
Reviewed September 13, 2017

Center yourself and get in touch with nature and the tangatawhenua (people of the land). The Whanganui River is the most beautiful area in the North Island. You feel like you have traveled back in time as you drive along its banks. It is peaceful...More

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Reviewed June 23, 2017 via mobile

We took the his scenic road along the river to breakout trip to Wellington. This road is very narrow and windy in the northern end. Anyone that gets car sick will find the his part challenging. Unfortunately the main places to stop going south were...More

Thank Rynell H
Reviewed June 14, 2017

As a family group we hired a jet boat from Whanganui and did a trip to the bridge to nowhere. we all had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about the history of Whanganui river would highly recommend this to anyone. beautiful scenery.

Thank macfhearghuis2017
Reviewed May 26, 2017

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
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December 9, 2017|
Response from jobst56 | Reviewed this property |
Hi mohinigou I cannot comment on that as I'm neither a swimmer nor a canoe guy. Better ask locals. Recommend Rory, owner of Tamara Riverside Lodge. cheers
October 6, 2017|
Response from tmncanoehire |
Taumarunui Canoe Hire and Jet Boat Tours. Phone 0800 2266348
August 22, 2016|
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Response from pennyt675 | Reviewed this property |
The Bridge to Nowhere is an interesting part of NZ history and while challenging to access with a kayak when busy would provide some diversity including environmental science aspects as the water underneath the bridge itself... More