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 not currently open for 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025 season. Check back here regularly for updates. A minimum of two weeks’ notice will be given.

87 or 145 km one way

Kayaking and canoeing

3 or 5 days

Seasonal restrictions

In the Great Walks season (1 October 2023 – 30 April 2024)

Bookings are required for huts and campsites

Outside the Great Walks season (1 May 2023 – 30 September 2023)

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



Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:   PO Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951
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