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“paddle steamer”(35 reviews)
“jet boat”(24 reviews)
“great drive”(3 reviews)
Whanganui, New Zealand
+64 800 862 743
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

Have been on the River Whanganui by jet boat to the Bridge to Nowhere several times with friends now. It's always a stunning trip. Must do it by canoe from Taramanui soon. Youreally feel that you are in the wilds of New Zealand 100 years...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank alhcookboy
Reviewed January 14, 2017

I know this river from old and it used to be a place to avoid- but visited it this weekend and what a wonderful job they have done. People swimming, drinking coffee, enjoying the lovely walk afforded by the wide walkways. I did a lovely...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Laura E
Reviewed January 14, 2017

A quiet place You can cruse up the river on a century old boat Or drive up the old river road to pipariki which is my favourite, A beautiful drive through country that hasnt changed in 50 years Or jump off a rope swing into...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank CraigTatts
Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

My cousin and I camped next to the Wanganui River, oops I forget the h, never mind. Anyway we dropped a line in and after three hours and three minutes we didn't have a bite. Little dirty I think. Was hopping for an eel.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed January 7, 2017

We travelled the river journey 5 day adventure - admittedly I was petrified the first day, getting used to the rapids and canoe - eventually got there and glad I accomplished this amazing adventure - glad I got fit prior - wish I had less...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank 67arda
Reviewed January 7, 2017

If you are going to Whanganui instead of going over the ParaPara's why not take a trip beside the river along River Road. Visit the Historic places along the way, the Marae, that is open to visitors, Jerusalem, stopping at the Convent and beautiful old...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Woodd
Reviewed January 2, 2017

Definitely recommended, great scenery, doesn't require previous experience. 3 days is probably enough, although the longer 5 day trip may have more challenging rapids above Whakahoro. We went for a freedom hire of canoes and a kayak - canoes are probably a better option as...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Bob55Auckland
Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

Now there is a choice of 3 steamboats to take you for a trip on the river! Great way to spend a sunny afternoon and soak up the local history. Make sure you have a look into the engine room and if you're lucky you...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank GeorgevM
Reviewed December 26, 2016

We drove up the river on what can only be described as an expericience. The views of the river and the valley are outstanding. As for the road it is a bit narrow in places and care is required , hoping nothing comes the opposite...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Robby002
Reviewed December 19, 2016

Unique experience for visitors. Travel up the river on a genuine paddle steamer. Has a small cafe on board. Does day and evening trips

Date of experience: November 2016
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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