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Canoe Safaris

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“the river”(31 reviews)
Guided tours from 1 to 5 days in the Whanganui National Park. Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. Family trips a speciality. Operating for 30 years. Easy paddling, short Walks, Maori and European history. Fantastic meals. Fully qualified...more
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6 Tay Street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand
+64 6-385 9237
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had three days guided down the Whanganui river. We had great guides Cannon and Eric that taught us how to paddle and took us safely through the rapids. We had no tip outs. Even over the 50/50 rapid. The guides prepared fantastic meals. Hot...More

Thank thomasc186
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were educated in the art of canoeing and within minutes got chance to try out the newly acquired skills on the magnificent Whanganui River. Fantastic scenery and exciting action trying to master the (generally tame) rapids. We were well looked after and had lots...More

Thank RIMDEB22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of four joined Phil and Eric on a 3-day guided trip over Labour weekend. It was truly better than we had expected. The weather was perfect and the landscape is stunning, we met some great characters and had some wonderful quintessentially 'kiwi' experiences...More

Thank Rachel B
KirstyPhil, Owner at Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Rachel, Thanks for the lovely review and we're so glad to hear you had a great time on the trip! We hope you had a safe drive back to Auckland afterwards. Make sure to tell your friends about the trip and let us know...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To think I nearly missed this trip! Other family members were doing it, and I was reluctant to join them, fearful I might not have the necessary skills and could spoil their fun. Phil, when he learnt of this, went to the trouble of phoning...More

Thank Trek828209
KirstyPhil, Owner at Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there Kaye, We're so glad you didn't miss the trip. We love sending people off who are a little uncertain about how they will enjoy and cope with their time on the river...and then picking you up at the end with smiles and hugs...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Super professional, amazing fun, and an unforgettable experience. If you are at all thinking about it you should do it with Phil & his crew! We booked a 3 day guided tour for myself & my girlfriend, and her parents. With four other travelers that...More

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KirstyPhil, Owner at Canoe Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi David, Thankyou for such a great review - We're glad you had an amazing 3 days and enjoyed so many different aspects of the trip. It's great to hear how you also appreciated the small things like the birdlife....and of course Dinky the pet...More

Reviewed 26 April 2018

Phil from Canoe Safaris offers a brilliant adventure package. He is an experienced teacher/guide/cook/entertainer. He always had our safety as the number one priority. As a result, we always felt safe (on and off the water) and as our confidence grew we sailed through the...More

Thank hubertusj83
Reviewed 24 April 2018

We wanted to take our girls (10 & 15yrs) on a family adventure -and this was perfect! We all loved the whole experience - canoeing, camping, the walk to the Bridge to Nowhere and the amazing meals. We felt completely safe with our guides Chloe...More

Thank LisaE3093
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

We just came back from our 3 day guided tour with Chloe and Sarah and it was awesome! Fantastic guides with winning personalities who navigated us through the water without a single capsize, knew the answers to most of our (occasionally stupid) questions and can...More

Thank SimonTinaV
Reviewed 21 April 2018

My 18 yr old son and I had a fantastic time on our trip, 5 days canoeing the Whanganui River. We had a great guide, Canon, who cooked the most amazing meals and was very helpful and safety conscious as the river was running high....More

Thank jerichofour
Reviewed 11 April 2018

My first encounter with Canoe Safaris was through email contact with Kirsty via their website, she responded quickly, professionally, knowledgeably and she was always friendly and polite. The trip itself was amazing, the scenery was exceptional and we were fortunate to have good weather. The...More

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18 January 2017|
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Response from KirstyPhil | Property representative |
We use thermorest inflatable sleeping mats - just over one inch thick. On the 3 day trip there is usually one night tenting and one night cabins. They are 2 person tents but if you are on your own you get a tent to yourself