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CanoeJourneyDistances
BeginningatPipirikithisnarrowwinding,scenic64kmroadwindsit’swayalongtherivertoWhanganuicity-it’sastunningdrivecombiningtherichnessofNewZealand’snaturalandculturalheritage.TheroadfollowsthelowerreachesoftheWhanganuiriverandgivestravellersanopportunitytoslowtheirpaceandvisitsomeofthesmallisolatedrivercommunities,uniquetothispartofthecountryandbeforetheroadwasbuiltinthe1930s,onlyaccessiblebyriver.InpartnershipwithFlyingFoxLodge,weofferaonedaytourofthisspectacularrouteaswellasbikehireforthosewholiketotravelindependently.ExploretheWhanganuiRiverRoad
MatahiwiCafeandArtGalleryThisIwi-ownedgalleryandcafeisthecentralpointbetweenWhanganuiandRaetihi.Housedinanoldschoolhousethecafeoperatesseasonallyanditisagoodideatocallaheadtobesuretheyareopen
PoukariaCanhave20campersAsmallandbasicDOCCampsiteontheriver,thishasacookingshelter,longdroptoiletsandRainWaterTank.
MangawaiitiCanhave36Campers-Thisismyfavouritespottostayontheriver.IfyouaredoingthetripfromWhakahorotoPipirikioverfourdaysitisalovelyspotitmakesyoufeelreallylikeyouareinthemiddleofnowhere.Youfeelarealconnectiontotheriver,andaneerieconnectiontothepast.
TiekeThisisagreatspottostay,ifyouarelookingforalittlebitofCulture.ThisisthesiteofaMarae,aTraditionalMaoriMeetingHouse.YoumaybeinvolvedinaPowhiri,traditionalMaoriWelcomingWhenyouarriveandyoumaysharemealswithothercampersasMaoriPeopletraditionallydo.PleasenotethatthisdoesnotALWAYShappen,andifyoudonotwanttoshareyourfoodandstoriesyoudonothaveto.Ifyouwanttohaveanicequitenight,youcandothattoo.AnicespotwithanevenamountofpaddlingbetweenJohnCoullandPipiriki.Herethereisahutwarden,withanemergencyradiosoareallygoodplacetostayjustincaseyouneedtogethelp.ThisSpothasGasCookers(IliketobringmyownstillasIdon’tlikewaitingforfoodwhenIamHangry:/)Youwillneedyourownpotsandpans,cupsandplatestodoyourcooking.ThereareShelters,LongDropToiletsandaRainWaterTank.HutCansleep20ThisisabasicDOCHut,withBunkBeds,whichhavemattresses.Youneedyourownsleepingbag.Camping-Canhave36Campers.
MangapuruaCanhave20campersAsmallandbasicDOCCampsiteontheriver,thishasacookingshelter,longdroptoiletsandRainWaterTank.Thiscanbeatrickyspottostayatifyoudochoosetostayhere,dothewalkintotheBridgetoNowherefirst.TheMangapuruaCampsiteisontheoppositesideoftheriver,alittlefurtherdownstream.Stayinghereisasix-hourpaddletoPipirikisoifyouchoosetostayhereonthelastnightofyourtrip,youwillhaveanearlymorningtoreachourshuttleat2pm.
BridgetoNowhereLodgeAlovelyspotifyouwantsomethingmorethanaDOChut.Withhotshowers,flushingtoilets,comfybeds,privatebedrooms-andtheopportunitytopre-bookDinnerandBreakfast(mustbebookedwhenbookingyouraccommodation)itisalovelychoice.TotopitoffyoucansitonadecksoakingintheviewsoftheWhanganuiRiver,withabeerorwinefromtheirbar.TobookwiththeBridgetoNowhereLodgecontactinfo@bridgetonowhere.co.nz
BridgetoNowhereCampgroundAstepupfromaDOCCampsite,thislittleKiwianaCampgroundisabeautifulspot.Withafewprivatecabins,GasShowers,andarusticcookingshelterifyouarelookingforauniquespotontheriver,hereitis.TobookwiththeBridgetoNowhereLodgecontactinfo@bridgetonowhere.co.nz
PipirikiTheendingpointoftheWhanganuiJourney.AtPipirikiyouwillseeaConcreteDriveway/Landingarea.PullyourcanoesoutofthewaysothatthedriverscanalldrivedownwithtrailerstoloadCanoes.AtPipirikiyoucanwalkupthehill,andthereisabathroomandashelter.FromthereyoucanseeDriversdrivingdowntotheLandingsowalkbackdown.Otherwise,sitdownatthelandingwithyourcanoe.Tobereadyforthedriver,ifallOURpaddlerscouldworktogether,gettinglifejacketsintoapile,removingropesandbailersfromthecanoeandputtingintoapile.PleasedonotmixWhanganuiRiverCanoes’gearwithotheroperators.
NgaporoCanhave20campersAnicelittlecampsiteonlytwohourspaddlefromPipiriki.RememberourPick-uptimeis2pm,soifyoubookhere,youneedtoplanarelaxingday.Wecanpre-arrangeearlierpick-upsifyouhavealargergroup.
MaharanuiCanhave24campersAsmallandbasicDOCCampsiteontheriver,thishasacookingshelter,longdroptoiletsandRainWaterTank.Accesscanbedifficultwhentheriverishigher,asthereisnotalargebeach.
BridgetoNowhereAFullDaybikeride,youcanhireourbikesoruseyourown-andwecanprovideyourtransporttoandfromthetrack,andhelptoarrangeyourjetboattransporttoo.
OldCoachRoadAhalfdaybikeride,youcanhireourbikesoruseyourown-andwecanprovideyourtransporttoandfromthetrack
OhauoraCanhave20campersAsmallandbasicDOCCampsiteontheriver,thishasacookingshelter,longdroptoiletsandRainWaterTank.Thisisafive-hourpaddlefromWhakahoro.AgoodspottostayifyouplantodoyourtripfromWhakahorooverfourdays,anditislesscongestedthanotherspots.
JohnCoullThisisagreatspottostay.Anicespotwithanevenamountofpaddlingbetweendayoneandtwo.Herethereisahutwarden,withanemergencyradiosoareallygoodplacetostayjustincaseyouneedtogethelp.HerethereisalargetreeatthebackofthecampsiteifyoulookupattherighttimeintheeveningyouwillseesomeNativeNZBatsflyingaroundthetree.ThisSpothasGasCookers(IliketobringmyownstillasIdon’tlikewaitingforfoodwhenIamHangry:/)Youwillneedyourownpotsandpans,cupsandplatestodoyourcooking.ThereareShelters,LongDropToiletsandaRainWaterTank.HutCansleep24.ThisisabasicDOCHut,withBunkBeds,whichhavemattresses.Youneedyourownsleepingbag.CampingCanhave36Campers,hereyoucanusetheGasCookertoo.JohnCoullisnamedafteroneofthefirstmembersoftheWhanganuiRiverTrustBoard.
MangapapaCanhave20campersAsmallandbasicDOCCampsiteontheriver,thishasacookingshelter,longdroptoiletsandRainWaterTank.Canbetrickytogetintoathigherriverlevels,asthereisnotmuchofalanding.Easiestentranceisjustpastthestream,therewillbeasmalleddyyoucanpaddleup.
AteneSkylineWalkTaking1-2hourstotheviewpoint,thistrackrisesto523mandhasfabulousviewsovertheWhanganuiRiverNationalParkandthesurroundingarea,includinganunusuallandfeaturecalleda“meander”,wheretheriveronceflowed.TheentireSkylinetracktakes6-8hourstocomplete.
FlyingFoxLodgeSetinlushorganicgardenswithabackdropoftheWhanganuiRiverNationalPark,FlyingFoxLodgeisaccessibleonlybyaerialcablecarorboat.Itoffersarangeofuniqueaccommodationoptions.
KawanaFlourMillOriginallybuiltandoperatedbyMaoriin1854,theKawanawaterpowermillgroundflourfromlocallygrownwheatformorethan50years.Nowamusuem,themillwasrebuiltinthelate1970’sandtogetherwitharestoredmiller’scottage,wereopenedtothepublicin1980.
Jerusalem/HiruharamaNowatinysettlement,Jerusalem/HiruharamawasoriginallyoneofthebiggestsettelementsontheWhanganuiRiver.In1892MotherSuzanneAubertstartedtheCatholicSistersofCompassion,ahighlyrespectedcharitablenursingandreligiousorder.TheoriginalCatholicchurchandconventfeatureaMaori-designedaltarandbeautifulkowhaiwhaipanelsonthewalls.
Thisisoureasiesttrip,whichstartsrightintheheartoftheWhanganuiRiverNationalParkandtakesyoupaddlingthroughthepark’samazinggorgesforwhichitisrenowned.ThisCampsitehasacookingshelterandLongDropToilets.UptheRoad,youcanwalktotheBlueDuckCaféandorderaniceHotCoffee,orsomeToastedSandwiches.Thiscampsitecanbealittlebitofalongwalkcarryingyourbarrels,butiswellworthitonceyougetthere(youmaywanttojustpackyourlightestgearforthisnight).ItcansometimesbehardtopaddletotheWhakahoroLanding.HutCansleep10ThisisabasicDOCHut,withBunkBeds,whichhavemattresses.Youneedyourownsleepingbag.ThereisnoCookerinthishut.CampingCanhave36CampersAnicecampsitewithplentyofspacetofindyourownlittlespace.ThishasacookingshelterandLongDropToilets.UptheRoad,youcanwalktotheBlueDuckCaféandorderaniceHotCoffee,orsomeToastedSandwiches.Thiscampsitecanbealittlebitofalongwalkcarryingyourbarrels,butiswellworthitonceyougetthere(youmaywanttojustpackyourlightestgearforthisnight).Tour1-WhakahorotoPipiriki3-4daycanoetrip87.5km
OhinepaneisaDOCcampsite.Ithasalargegrassycampingarea,acookingshelter,andlongdroptoilets.ThereisRoadaccesstoOhinepane.Thisspotdoeshavealotofcampervansparkinghere.Hasspacefor36Campers.Thistripstartsrightontherapids,soyouneedadegreeofpaddlingskillandexperience.AfterthefirstdayyouwillbepaddlingthroughnativeforestoneithersideoftheriverinWhanganuiRiverNationalPark.Tour2-OhinepanetoPipiriki4-5daycanoetrip125km
ThebeginningoftheFive-DayCanoeTriptoPipiriki.ThereisnocampingatCherryGrove.Formoreexperiencedpaddlers.Thissectionstartsinashallowersectionoftheriverandhasplentyofrocks,logsandrapids,beforeyouenterthebeautifulsceneryoftheWhanganuiRiverNationalPark.Tour3-CherryGrove5-6daycanoetrip145km
OurbaseattheRaetihiHolidayPark,iswhereyouradventurebegins!!InSummer,wehavesomebeautifultentsites,glampingtentsandcabinstoo.OurcanoehirepricesincludethetransportfromtheRaetihiHolidayParktotheWhanganuiRiverandback,andyoucanleaveyourcarherewhileyouareontheriver!!RaetihiHolidayPark
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