Kayakers paddling the rapids on the Whanganui Journey
Image: Janette Asche | Creative Commons



Explore the scenic Whanganui River by paddling down it through a landscape of remote hills and bush clad valleys. This trip is suitable for people with good fitness and confidence with a canoe.

Bookings are open for the 2024/25 season.

87 or 145 km one way

Kayaking and canoeing

3 or 5 days

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (1 October – 30 April)

Best time to experience the trip. Bookings are required for huts and campsites.

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May  – 30 September)

Only attempt the trip at this time if you are very experienced in canoeing remote New Zealand rivers in winter. Bookings are not required - huts and campsites are first come, first served.



Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 7 892 3729
Email tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Address Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu 3083
Hours Visitor centre hours and services
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