Whanganui Guided Canoeing: 1 Day Tour 2018-06-17T04:39:31+00:00

Whanganui River: 1 Day Canoe Trip

Taumarunui to Ohinepane

The Whanganui River 1-day canoe trip is designed for those who want to experience the beautiful Whanganui River, but may not have enough time for the 3-day trip. You will still experience a fantastic section of one of New Zealand’s Great Walks by 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.

Adrift provides qualified, experienced and personable guides whose sole purpose is to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and memorable adventure.

There are many marvels and obstacles on the journey. Our guides will willingly offer their experience and anecdotes. Equally there are times where we will leave you to absorb the tranquility and solitude.

Paddling downstream, you will travel through bush-clad hills, observe waterfalls, bask in spectacular sheer gorges, see some classic kiwi farmland, and experience the thrill of paddling rapids in your canoe.

Whanganui River Adrift
Adrift river canoeing

Prices Includes

Guide/s, transport between the Adrift Tongariro base and the river put in, lunch (vegetarian and gluten free available on request at time of booking), all equipment required (canoe, dry barrels for your gear, PFD’s, paddles). Adrift Tongariro can hire gear for the trip if you do not have it, or if you need supplementary gear for the conditions.

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

Water (2 litres), Personal medications (e.g. Asthma Inhaler, blister protection etc), Sun hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Suntan lotion, covered sandals, shorts, light top, 1 warm top layer (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.

Gear Hire

Adrift Tongariro has equipment for hire. This includes footwear and clothing to supplement anything you may not have, or have forgotten on the day. We can supply: 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 for clients to phone the Adrift Tongariro base 24 hours prior to trip date to discuss exact timings. +64 7892 2751