Experience the Whanganui River in timeless style, gliding along the surface of calm, deep gorges and running exhilarating rapids in your own canoe. This unforgettable journey will leave you with an appreciation of our beautiful Te Awa Tupua, the first river in the world to be legally granted personhood, in 2017.
You can canoe up to 225 km of the Whanganui, from Taumarunui, through the pristine Whanganui National Park to the estuary at Wanganui township. Trips can range from one day up to eight days for a complete expedition from Taumarunui to Wanganui.
The Whanganui River Journey is the only one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’ where you’re not actually walking but paddling a canoe (or kayak) down river. Our dedicated team at Blazing Adventures have many years of expertise in helping customers from around the world to experience this remote wilderness. The Whanganui is a grade one river and is suitable for most ages and those with no prior canoe experience. We will teach you how to keep yourself safe on the river and provide you with quality equipment for unforeseen eventualities. As almost the entire length of the river is out of mobile coverage, all groups travel with a Personal Locator Beacon in case of emergency. We’ve built a reputation of providing the best gear and transport, arriving early and getting you on the way home much quicker than other operators.
The normal canoeing season is from 1st October to 1st May with the busiest time being over the Christmas holiday period.