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 approximately the 4 hour mark.
Day 2: John Coull Hut to Tieke Marae
On day 2 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.
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), nourishments 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 can hire gear for the trip if you do not have it, or if you need supplementary gear for the conditions. This can include sleeping bags and liners if you do not have them.
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
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.
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 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.