3 Day Whanganui River Guided Canoe (Whakahoro to Pipiriki)

3 Day Whanganui River Guided Canoe (Whakahoro to Pipiriki)
From NZD $950.00
  • Duration: 72 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: National Park Village, NZ
  • Product code: GC3DWR

This tour is designed for those who want to experience one of NZ’s Great Walks but from Canoe.  This is a unique way of spending time in another of New Zealand’s wonderful National Parks. The Whanganui National Park has rugged terrain covered in lush native forest with the Whanganui River flowing through the heart of it.

The Whanganui River is rich with Maori and European history, the largest reminder of which is the famous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. Just as the early explorers did, you will see and experience the NZ wilderness, pondering if you have taken a step back in time. Paddling downstream you will travel through bush-clad hills, see waterfalls, spectacular sheer gorges, farmland as well as some rapids en-route.


Route Description

Day 1: Whakahoro to John Coull Hut. This day involves a 6-hour paddle to John Coull Hut passing. We will be passing Tamateas Cave at approx 4 hours. 

Day 2: John Coull Hut to Tieke Marae. Today we have a 5-hour paddle from John Coull Hut to Tieke Marae
stopping at the Bridge to Nowhere along the way (1.5 hour return walk).  

Day 3: Tieke Marae to Pipiriki. It is a four-hour paddle to Pipiriki where we will be met by our transport which will take us back to the Adrift Tongariro base by 5:00 pm. We will successfully negotiate the 3 largest rapids of the journey including the Ngaporo Rapid and the infamous Autapu Rapid.


Price Includes

Guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the river put in, Department of Conservation hut or camping passes, meals (vegetarian available on request at time of booking), nourishment's and needs whilst on tour. Adrift Tongariro also provides all cooking, camping and canoe equipment (canoe, dry barrels for your gear, PFD’s, paddles, tents and sleeping mats). 

Adrift Tongariro has available for hire personal equipment and clothing, to supplement that which you don’t have and need, including sleeping bags and liners.

Christmas and New Year Operations

We will be closed on Christmas Day. Tour bookings for New Year’s Day will only be offered at a 100% surcharge on the normal tour rate and with a minimum of two pax. Boxing day and January 2nd will incur at 50% surcharge on the normal tour rate, minimum of two pax.


Pick up / Drop off from the Adrift Tongariro base

Tour starts and finishes at the Adrift Tongariro Base. 

Trip departures available summer only (1 October – 31 May) on application and confirmation.

Pick up: 9:00am  

Drop off: 5:00pm 

  • All times are approximate
  • Transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the activity is included in the price. 
  • All clients making their own way (self-drive) should meet at the Adrift Tongariro base in time for a 9am departure.
  • Your vehicle can be left at our base whilst we are canoeing


Gear List

Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc), Sun hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Suntan lotion, covered sandals, shorts, light top, 2 warm top layers (wool, merino, thermals, fleece, soft shell etc. are good layers), waterproof raincoat, 1 set of spare warm clothing to change into at the end of the day including underwear 1 x spare warm top 1 x pair longs 2 pairs of socks, water bottle and sleeping bag. But please don’t bring too much. 


Gear Hire 

Adrift Tongariro has available for hire personal equipment footwear and clothing to supplement that which you don’t have and need including boots, socks, thermal longs, fleece longs, waterproof pants, thermal tops, fleece tops, waterproof tops, warm gloves, warm hats, sun hats, sunglasses, backpacks, walking poles and sleeping bags and liners.



It is essential you phone the Adrift Tongariro base 48 hours prior to trip date to discuss exact timings.  +64 7892 2751.

We like to meet you the evening prior to the trip at our base at approx 5.30pm to give you barrels to pack you gear into.