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“Trip of a lifetime”

Whanganui River Canoes
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Raetihi
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Join Whanganui River Canoes for a three - five day canoe/kayak trip on the Whanganui River. You can choose to 'do it yourself'with a freedom hire, or have our guides cater for you and show you the best spots along the river. You can meet us the night before your trip at the Raetihi Holiday Park for comfortable, affordable accommodation, or ask us about our Holiday Home if that is more your style. We will make sure you are packed, briefed and ready to go before you start the adventure of your lifetime.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 3 young adults and their parents completed the three day river trip over easter. We would highly recommend this guided trip especially our guide, reina and his younger sister. They were very knowledgeable and organised ...The canoes were in excellent condition and we were taught as we went about canoeing on this amazing river.
The company organised everything perfectly from booking accommodation to the sausage sizzle at the end of our trip. All we had to do was show up.
The food was plentiful and delicious.
Could not fault this once in a lifetime trip. Would very much recommend a guided trip. We finished the adventure with lots of smiles on all our faces. Thanks wanganui river canoe company. You guys are amazing!!

Thank spyker2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Whanganui has been declared an entity in its own right. Our guides Te Haumihiata and Raena were respectful to the river and the canoe experience was also an introduction into the Maori way. I so appreciated our guides, their humour, their understanding and I learnt so much. Plus the food was great.

Thank kckk128
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Having spoken to a lot of people they say that these guys are awesome and they are right! Very friendly family atmosphere with pets to offer comfort to travellers.
We did the 3 day canoe trip from Whakahoro to Pipiriki. Everything was well organised and clear. Equipment was in great condition.
Through no fault of our own an unexpected and extremely high flood swept away all canoes but they were great about it, even though we felt terrible.
Fed us a nice family meal of fish and chips when we got back.
Ben, Rebecca, Jon, Raina, Trevor and family you are great. I'm sending people your way! Thank you so much for an awesome experience!

Thank jumason
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Our group of six (age range 61 - 72) had a wonderful time on our four-day guided tour. The guides (Raena Bennett and Te Haumihiata) were great - very knowledgeable and patient with the less experienced of us, and I can thoroughly recommend them. We covered some 120 km, and had a ball. The food was delicious and plentiful.

Thank RFJ51
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Staff and equipment were top notch. Highly recommended for your Whanganui river adventure. They bring you right to the launch and give you detailed information on the river. The review of canoe operation was so helpful since it was my first time on the river. Then they picked us up at the end. It made everything run so smoothly.

Thank tahikertrash
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