Recommend River Routes

All itineraries are a suggestion only, and will be altered to meet with your needs and wishes. We have itineraries for 6-1 day trips. However, 4 day and 3 day trips are the most popular for guided and freedom hire adventures.

3-day Whakahoro to Pipiriki

Day 0: Arrive at National Park Village

Make contact with Adrift and pick-up your dry barrels. 

Day 1: Whakahoro to John Coull Hut (Accommodation pick-up 8.00am)

This day involves a 6-hour paddle to John Coull Hut. We will be passing the Mangapapa and Ohauora campsites at 2 hrs and 4-hrs paddling, respectively. Just before the Ohauora Campsite is Tamateas Cave. 

Day 2: John Coull Hut to Tieke Marae

Today we have a 5-hour paddle from John Coull Hut to Tieke Marae. Passing Mangawaiti and the Upper Mangapurua campsites at one and a half hour intervals. Just before the Mangapurua Campsite is the track up to the Bridge to Nowhere (1.5 hour return walk). 

Day 3: Tieke Marae to Pipiriki

From Tieke, it is a four hour paddle to Pipiriki and at 2 pm we will be met by our transport which will take us back to National Park Village by 4.30 pm. But before that, where we will pass the Ngaporo Campsite, successfully negotiate the 3 largest rapids of the journey including the Ngaporo Rapid and the infamous Autapu Rapid. WhoHa!

1-Day Paddle

Taumarunui to Ercegs Farm

Depart National Park Village by 9am and drive 45 minutes to the start of our adventure on the Whanganui River at Cherry Grove in Taumarunui. We start Paddling by 10.30 am.

The total time we spend on the River is 4- 5 hours finishing at either John Ercegs Farm or 45 minutes earlier at Ohinepane if we are getting tired. A Good Kiwi B-B-Q overlooking the river from John's Farm awaits us. (Dock a few sheep too if you want to lend a hand) Then an amazing wander though Johns museum packed with artefacts collected from around the region dating back to the colonisation of the River by both Maori and European inhabitants.

Back to National Park by 5.30pm