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“Great value for money and views to die for”
Review of Punakaiki Canoes

Punakaiki Canoes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Arrived here with no advance booking and immediately got sorted out with a double canoe. Shown where to go and what side of the river to stay on. Views as you paddle up are utterly amazing especially the further you go where the cliffs start to close in on you. Wildlife in abundance and in fact slowly paddled past a pied shag sitting on a rock who never even blinked as we went past about three foot from it. Brilliant and well worth a visit.

Thank Anne B
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

I personally think the Porarari river is one of the most beautiful rivers in NZ, the scenery around here is stunning. Kayaking up and down the river was a great experience and lots of fun!

1  Thank Victoria G
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Had half the day free in the area so decided to look what to do and so happy I did the canoeing! I would personally rank this about the pancake rocks themselves.

The price is pretty cheap (compared with kayak tours in NZ). 40NZD for 2h and 5NZD extra every additional hour. They provide you with a airtight container for your gadgets, wetsuit and shoes.

The scenery is beautiful! Like if you were in Jurassic Park. And you are by yourself all the time. You'll occasionally encounter some fellow travellers on the hiking track that goes alongside the river.

As you go upstream, the river will become more and more challenging. If you have continuous difficulties going through one part, I would say it is time to turn around as coming downstream if you don't control the canoe, it might capsize. However, the water is shallow so there is nothing to worry about. Part of the adventure!

Thank kitsune87
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Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

The guy that runs the place is really funny and very accommodating. He's never closed, there is a button you push to call him if he's not there and he will show up a minute or two later. We went on a rainy day and it was gorgeous. Not as strenuous as you might think it would be but definitely worth the effort for the scenery.

1  Thank Codinator
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Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Super friendly owners and the most amazing river I've ever kayaked down. The scenery along the river blew my mind. Felt like I was kayaking through Jurassic Park. Don't miss this if you go to Punakaiki.

Thank fieldingp2015
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