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“Awesome experience!”

Canoe Safaris - Day Tours
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Ohakune
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Guided 1 day tours 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 guides and we are a licensed operator. Canoe and Kayak Hire is also available.
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I canoed down the Whanganui River end of Jan 2017 and the whole trip was perfect. Weather was exceptional (3 days of scorching sun, a bit a breeze and cool nights, which helps) but the experience was fantastic and organisation flawless. Our guide (Fraser) was great, with a very good knowledge of the river and its history. Food was great, fellow travellers very nice, etc.

Thanks Simon & co., five stars to Canoe Safaris!

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Reviewed 28 January 2017

We can't express highly enough our appreciation or our guides: Lucy and Wai. The river from Whakahoro to Pipiriki is a winner anyway but they showed professionalism, skill, knowledge, experience and patience - to cover every situation. Wai's mana of the river was an absolute bonus too..

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Reviewed 22 January 2017

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.

3  Thank L_DTravellers
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend this trip down the awa! Canoe Safaris were organised, helpful and had fabulous guides. Chloe and Molly made sure our trip was relaxing, fun and educational. The meals were great - we had plenty to eat and drink. Coincidentally had 2 birthdays on the river and cakes were even provided! Good tents and sleeping mats. Insect repellent is a must, as is sunscreen.

We went with a group of family and friends (aged 11 to 80). We were lucky with the weather - from clear sunshine to brief torrential rain. Wonderful experience living in the moment in a very beautiful environment.

2  Thank Odette M
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Canoeing down the Whanganui River is an amazingly breathtaking adventure, you can experience the tranquility of listening to the birdsongs and the sound of the river, letting the river guide your canoe while you relax on the slow moving sections, and also you can enjoy the adrenaline rush of shooting down the rapids. We had varied weather conditions on our trip, and we found that it is enjoyable both in the sunshine and the misty rain.

The major perk of this great walk is that you don't have to carry anything on your back, so as long as it fits in the waterproof barrels you can bring lots of yummy food and snacks, or comfortable bedding - whatever makes your day more enjoyable. However some of the campsites are located quite high up with steep/slightly challenging climbs - consider this when you have to haul lots of barrels up at the end of the day.

The canoe we hired from Canoe Safaris is great, the backrest we requested was extremely helpful. They're based in Ohakune which is nice and handy. Our one complaint was that we were the very last group to be picked up at the end. All the other operators arrived nice and early and their clients waited in the buses nice and dry with hot drinks and baking. We had to wait in the rain until our bus arrived when most other operators have already left. We got more wet from waiting for our pick up at the end than from being on the river. Also we had to help load the canoes and gear in the rain while groups with other operators waited in the dry comfort of their buses/shuttles.

Other than that Canoe Safaris was very professional. We felt our barrels were the optimum size for our things. The canoes were very comfortable and we were giving all the information we needed for our trip.

1  Thank SnowshoeRabbit
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