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Punakaiki Canoes

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1 km north of Punakaiki on main road, Punakaiki, New Zealand
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Super river, great experience

The river is tailor made for what is a totally counter intuitive idea that you paddle upstream to a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chris B
via mobile
A highlight on the west coast

This was the best activity we did on the west coast, although it may have been helped by the... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
LMSP
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London
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1 km north of Punakaiki on main road, Punakaiki, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The river is tailor made for what is a totally counter intuitive idea that you paddle upstream to a section above rapids and then enjoy them on the way down. Best avoided by TripAdvisor clients who aren’t so familiar with the laws of gravity! But...More

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

This was the best activity we did on the west coast, although it may have been helped by the wonderful weather in stark contrast to earlier days of foul weather. Informative and friendly owner who kitted us out with everything we needed - wet suit...More

Thank LMSP
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

The scenery was fantastic and the river clear and cool perfect for a summers day. This is not your classic canoe trip as you will need to drag canoes up the rapids then get back in for the flat bits, but this all adds to...More

Thank Gary L
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Excellent value for kayaking up a simply beautiful river. When we went, there wasn't much water in the river forcing is to walk some sections, the weather was cloudy, and yet myself and the friends I went with still had an amazing time here. All...More

Thank Larian42
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Fantastic time on the river with my Daughter and Grand daughters,had a great time,had a swim,thanks Ken for your helpful tips.amazing scenery,stunning day.

Thank Lorraine R
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Owner definitely not quite there as he gave us no instructions and irresponsibly assumed that since we are Australian we know how to paddle and wouldn't need life jackets. Also complained that he hates it when it's busy and doesn't take bookings because it 'cooks...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

45$ for 2 hours. Single or double kayaks are available. Make sure there is enough water in the river, before hiring a kayak.

Thank Johnmir13
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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

Beautiful and easy ride up the river. Really peaceful, unique and gorgeous angle of the river. Highly recommended.

Thank family_travel64
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

I’ve been on many kayaking trips and this was by far the most spectacular. I went on a clear, sunny day (a rarity on the West Coast) and it was absolutely beautiful kayaking up river, and fun paddling with the river on the way down....More

Thank Christine1324
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

We took our 2 children (aged 7 and 9) This was perfect for them. We hired 2 singles and a double. It was amazing

Thank Sarah E
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The business owner lives on the property- you just press the intercom button and he walks over. When we were there it was cold and rainy, we were the only ones but it was well worth it, beautiful scenery and not very taxing... More
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