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“jet boat”(24 reviews)
“paddle steamer”(35 reviews)
“great drive”(3 reviews)
Whanganui, New Zealand
+64 800 862 743
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

Easy walking along the riverside pathway on the eastern side between the two main bridges. Great for dog walkers and nature lovers with the variety of trees identified by attached name plaques. Very enjoyable and not too strenuous.

Thank tonynyman
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

The river is filled with rapids of varying difficulty. Choose a three or five-day camping trip and have the experience of a lifetime. It’s truly stunning with fabulous sights, beautiful scenery and a break from reality. Can’t recommend it enough. If you’re not keen for...More

1  Thank Jessisawanderer
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Stressed? Burnt out? A 3 or 5 day trip kayaking down the mighty Whanganui River from Taumarunui, with banks clad in pristine bush, shooting gentle rapids, sleeping in well maintained huts or in the bush, is the trip of a lifetime.

Thank michaelhawkins2018
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

No matter what time if the year all seasons the river is picture perfect.Wet winters walks are just as safe as summer as the walkways are so user friendly.

Thank O9165SQdonnab
Reviewed 16 May 2018

Great river to drive along or stroll along or find places to sit and watch the goings on. Lots of boats up and down, unfortunately we'd hoped to take a trip but there were none on, we guessed its because we're getting into the winter...More

1  Thank Allgoodthyngs
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

A stroll along the rivers edge is always interesting. Boats, people and houses in the mix. Cruises are available but I haven’t tried these yet.

Thank 808JohnS808
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

The drive up river road to pipiriki is a great drive with so much scenery to take in. A bit of roadworks. Do stop at Jerusalem and visit the church.

Thank SusanH343
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Mt brother * I decided to the river cruise on NZ'so last coal fired paddle steamer 118 yrs old. The staff are quick to help up the gangway & up & down stairs. The trip is 2 hours & thoroughly relaxing & very enjoyable. The...More

Thank EuniceC807
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

For many years the Wanganui River was the river highway for Wanganui and the local area. Still a beautiful river in its own way may look brown at times but still has plenty to offer. Many site seeing trips can start on the river but...More

Thank Waynedvh
Reviewed 22 March 2018

A trip on thus river is a great way to see the city from another angle, and to enjoy the river itself

Thank Steve G
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9 December 2017|
Response from jobst56 | Reviewed this property |
Hi mohinigou I cannot comment on that as I'm neither a swimmer nor a canoe guy. Better ask locals. Recommend Rory, owner of Tamara Riverside Lodge. cheers
6 October 2017|
Response from tmncanoehire |
Taumarunui Canoe Hire and Jet Boat Tours. Phone 0800 2266348
22 August 2016|
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Response from pennyt675 | Reviewed this property |
The Bridge to Nowhere is an interesting part of NZ history and while challenging to access with a kayak when busy would provide some diversity including environmental science aspects as the water underneath the bridge itself... More