We just finished a 5 day trip with Canoe Safaris that can be described as awesome, incredible, magical and wonderful! We were a group of eleven, ranging from ages 11-80, and everyone had a ball. Our guides, Chloe and Molly were OUTSTANDING and really made the trip perfect. The food was great and we felt very catered for with our coffee, food preferences, and 2 birthday celebrations all handled seamlessly. There is nothing like being at the Mangawaiiti campsite on day 2, lighting 80 candles on a cake supplied by our guides to celebrate a momentous birthday in complete style! That was sweet!
The camping equipment was perfect, and it was a nice change to stay in a cabin on night 3 at Ramanui, with a short walk to the Bridge to Nowhere lodge for a cold beer after a hot shower. The night at Jay's Puraroto Campground was magical with the roaring fire, hand created picnic tables and chairs, and the loo with a view (flush!). We even had a second birthday cake (with a few less candles) for the last night as well. The trip was very well organised and our guides were superb - with their river skills and knowledge, amazing attitudes, cooking skills and great senses of humour. While the river does provide some work in terms of paddling and hauling gear up to the campsites, the trip is very relaxing and a great way to get away from it all. We would highly recommend Canoe Safaris if you want a guided adventure.
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