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Address: 1 km north of Punakaiki on main road, Punakaiki, New Zealand
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Great little river

Very relaxed outfit. Supplied with life vest and water boots (needed when walking in the river) in great condition. Also given a string to tie sunglasses and a container for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2015

The actual canoe trip is wonderful and a great experience. The scenery from the rivers is gorgeous and its actually quite and easy and relaxing paddle. However the owner is a very very grumpy and rude man. We asked very simple questions like how far up the river can we go and he answer to all our questions was "... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2015

Very relaxed outfit. Supplied with life vest and water boots (needed when walking in the river) in great condition. Also given a string to tie sunglasses and a container for the camera. Beautiful journey along the river. Lots of fun coming down the rapids, even though they were very small. Could only go so far up as it was blocked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015 via mobile

We rented 3 kayaks today and started to paddle upstream. The river was like a mirror and it was beautiful! In the rapids it was hard work and we had to climb out of the kayak to lead it forward sometimes. When we got up about 1,5 km there was a fallen tree. We got around it but the rapid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

Loved the trusting relaxed approach - sorted us out with great equipment (particularly liked the buoyancy aids). The Pororai is a stunning river to kayak - the scenery is straight out of a 'lost world' movie set. Some fun and challenges paddling up and down the rapids - or pulling the kayaks across the shallows. Well worth paddling out to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

Loved the laid back operation here, had a fantastic paddle upstream, on one of the most breathtaking scenes you will ever experience. Fairy easy going at first, the further up you go,you get a few more rapids which we dragged kayaks easily around them. We had small children (4 and 6) they absolutely loved it and ended up learning how... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

This was such fun, the canoes are great, all the gear available, wet suits life jackets, boots etc, good value. Padding up the river was fun and at times we walked the canoes over shallow parts which all added to the experience. The bush and scenery are just awesome. Water clean and clear, fun to go thru some wee rapids.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

This is a totally laid back Kiwi operation. Wander in from the road a couple of kilometers north of Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks where the Pororari river crosses state highway 6 to find the two managers of Punakaiki Canoes waiting to get you geared up and on your way paddling up this fabulous river valley. The guys provide rubber... More 

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