Paddling on the Whanganui River
Image: Andrew Bain ©


Explore the scenic beauty paddling up the Whanganui River, a landscape of remote hills and bush clad valleys.


All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land - apply to fly recreationally or commercially.

  • Drift down the Wanganui River in a canoe or kayak.

  • Take a break from the water on a short walk to the Bridge to Nowhere.

  • Be immersed in culture and history with a unique stay at Tieke Kainga, the only DOC hut that is also used as a marae.

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2018/2019 bookings

Bookings are open for trips from 1 October 2018 - 30 April 2019.



Track overview

87 or 145 km one way

Kayaking and canoeing

3 or 5 days

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (1 October 2018 - 30 April 2019):

  • Bookings are required for huts and campsites

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2018 - 30 September 2018):

  • Bookings are not required - huts and campsites are first come, first served

Dog access

No dogs


Whanganui Office
Phone:   +64 6 349 2100
Address:   34-36 Taupo Quay
Whanganui 4500
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