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Whanganui River Canoes

10 Parapara Road, Raetihi 4632, New Zealand
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Frigging Magical

Rebecca & Ben run a great operation. We did an unguided tour. Rebecca was the only one to respond... read more

Reviewed May 3, 2018
Shannon H
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Santa Clara, California
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What an adventure!

From start to finish, Whanganui River Canoes were the epitome of friendly, helpful and... read more

Reviewed April 28, 2018
Jessisaw
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Join Whanganui River Canoes for a three - five day canoe/kayak trip on the Whanganui River. You can choose to 'do it yourself'with a freedom hire, or have our guides cater for you and show you the best spots along the river. You can meet us the night before your trip at the Raetihi Holiday Park for comfortable, affordable accommodation, or ask us about our Holiday Home if that is more your style. We will make sure you are packed, briefed and ready to go before you start the adventure of your lifetime.
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  • Poor1%
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10 Parapara Road, Raetihi 4632, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Rebecca & Ben run a great operation. We did an unguided tour. Rebecca was the only one to respond of all the companies. She kept in touch for several days over email with weather updates and other important info. The guide who took us to...More

Thank Shannon H
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Hi Shannon - thanks for coming on the Canoe Trip with us. Our favourite part of the job is having happy customers, so we love going out of our way to make sure everyone has a safe and happy trip !! Thanks again for coming...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

From start to finish, Whanganui River Canoes were the epitome of friendly, helpful and professional. I absolutely cannot fault any part of our recent five-day river kayaking trip. It was perfect in every way and I would not hesitate to do another trip! We had...More

Thank Jessisaw
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Hi Jessi - thanks for coming with us. I read your little blog - and wow - it did sound like an adventure!! I hope both of you enjoy the rest of your travels, thanks so much for trusting us with this adventure :)

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

beautiful clean campground with very friendly and helpful ladies in the reception stay awesome! stay cheap! ;)

Thank atevi22
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Thanks for your review - glad you loved it :)

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Our family of 3 young adults and their parents completed the three day river trip over easter. We would highly recommend this guided trip especially our guide, reina and his younger sister. They were very knowledgeable and organised ...The canoes were in excellent condition and...More

Thank spyker2018
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Hi everyone - thanks for coming along with us!! So glad you loved your trip. The guides loved having you guys on the trip too. It's so great being able to help families make memories!!

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

The Whanganui has been declared an entity in its own right. Our guides Te Haumihiata and Raena were respectful to the river and the canoe experience was also an introduction into the Maori way. I so appreciated our guides, their humour, their understanding and I...More

Thank kckk128
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Thanks for coming along with us. We try to treat the Awa with respect, it is great that customers can see that, and awesome that you learned from your trip :) Thanks again :)

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Having spoken to a lot of people they say that these guys are awesome and they are right! Very friendly family atmosphere with pets to offer comfort to travellers. We did the 3 day canoe trip from Whakahoro to Pipiriki. Everything was well organised and...More

Thank jumason
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Thanks so much for coming along with us !! What an adventure, huh? I think we managed to eventually find most of our canoes. Some people are still digging canoes out of slips further upstream :0 You are more than welcome for the fish and...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Our group of six (age range 61 - 72) had a wonderful time on our four-day guided tour. The guides (Raena Bennett and Te Haumihiata) were great - very knowledgeable and patient with the less experienced of us, and I can thoroughly recommend them. We...More

Thank RFJ51
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Hi guys - thanks for paddling with us. It can be a bit nerve wracking coming along on such a big trip, but our guides really go out of their way to make everyone comfortable :) Thanks again for coming on our trip :)

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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

Staff and equipment were top notch. Highly recommended for your Whanganui river adventure. They bring you right to the launch and give you detailed information on the river. The review of canoe operation was so helpful since it was my first time on the river....More

Thank tahikertrash
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Hi guys - thanks for paddling with us :) I hope the rest of your TA hike went well!! We try our hardest to make sure everyone is well prepared for the trip - so thanks for mentioning it :)

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Excellent company and very friendly staff. We thoroughly enjoy our paddle down the Whanganui esp the more turbulent parts! Staff went the extra mile when we accidentally left our tent at the camp. They aired and dried the tent out for us and even dropped...More

Thank Andrea T
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Hi Andrea, thanks for coming along with us!! Whew - lucky it wasn't too hard to find your place (big cities are a little out of our comfort zone ) But you are more than welcome - we love going that extra mile for our...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Great fun, safe, good gear. The weather wasn't the best but that added to the fun as the river level rose. Staff at WRC very helpful

Thank Michael G
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WRCRHP, Owner at Whanganui River Canoes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Hi there Michael - thanks for coming along with us on a trip. Wow - the weather this season has been a shocker :o Definitely kept us on our toes ! Thanks for the review :)

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Wayne R
11 February 2017|
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Response from WRCRHP | Property representative |
Hi Wayne, our season runs from October through till the end of April. There is still plenty of time this season if you want to come along :)
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heather12433
10 November 2015|
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Response from WRCRHP | Property representative |
Hi there, thank you for your question. I would recommend taking the train to Ohakune, as that is only 10 minutes away so a lot easier for us to pick you up. We do offer a full briefing, and description of the river, and how... More
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