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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Punakaiki Canoes

Punakaiki Canoes
England, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Must do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2017

This river winds it's way through the most stunning rainforest scenery and experiencing it by kayak is perfect. You can stop paddling and just float along listening to the sounds of the jungle. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and were in awe of the scenery. Owner was friendly and helpful, we enjoyed this more than the pancake rocks!

Visited February 2017
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English first
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8 reviews
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“Absolutely stunning ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Even though it was cloudy and raining a bit we had a wonderful time. Views to die for and if you stop paddling you hear only the noise of the jungle. Friendly staff.

Visited March 2017
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Castletown, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great value for money and views to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited January 2017
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New Zealand
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“amazing viwes along the river”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited December 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Great experience and cheap! ”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited November 2016
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