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“jet boat”(24 reviews)
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Whanganui, New Zealand
+64 800 862 743
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Reviewed June 18, 2016

Stunning sights and views, reputation of a dirty river, but one that is utilised so well by the locals and revered by local Maori. Absolutely stunning. Took a trip up on the Wairua and was entertained well by the skipper and a lovely man called...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Mercedes_benz5
Reviewed June 14, 2016

Don't worry if you're not a canoeist. You can still get up close and personal with the mighty Whanganui River by joining Rory Smith's superb small-group tours up the River Road. These five-hour trips depart by comfortable van from Tamara Backpackers Lodge and take in...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed June 12, 2016

Impressed by the number of activities that are possible on or around the river. Even in winter there was life on the river.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank lindejudd
Reviewed June 4, 2016

Quite a wide river through Wanganui. Access to the mouth is possible on the north side. A paddle steamer operates from Wanganui in the summer. Away from town the road following the river gives many opportunities to view the river. The Wanganui River Road to...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Michael K
Reviewed May 25, 2016

A few years ago we, as a family, decided to do Christmas on the river. There were 4 adults and 3 children. We had an adult and a child in 2 Canadian Canoes & 2 adults and 1 child in Kayaks. We hopped in at...More

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank sidneyland
Reviewed May 10, 2016

An easy 2 hour excursion during which you get to learn a little history of the town, the river, and the Waimarie, the restored steamer you travel on. Run by warm, friendly locals there's a good blend of recorded commentary and Captain's comments on the...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Epitwee
Reviewed May 1, 2016

This review covers the Wanganui River Road that is accessed from State Highway 4, about 14 kilometres northeast of the city. Once you are on the road it winds alongside the river. Initially, you climb a long hill and are rewarded with a great view...More

Date of experience: April 2016
3  Thank 3mfs
Reviewed April 25, 2016

this river has some nice parks along its foreshore a good river for boating and just a nice place to relax

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Kenny R
Reviewed April 24, 2016

The Wanganui River has several attractions and the best we have found is the Paddle Steamer. Which we will do again and take the children.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank cw1Perth
Reviewed April 18, 2016

The river is known by Kiwis as the only river in NZ that flows upside down. Other people have told you about the different things you can do ON the river, but what about beside it? If you go to the southern end of Victoria...More

Date of experience: October 2015
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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