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Check the most common questions just below, if you still have questions, please, contact us.

Can we leave our car somewhere safe?

Vehicles can be left at secure parking in a Ohakune property. There is plenty of room and it’s safe and secure.

Where do we start from?

Trips normally start in Ohakune or Whanganui. Transport can be arranged depending on where you are travelling from. But it will pay to speak with Hayden to ensure meeting places are confirmed prior to your Unique Experience Starts.

How fit do I need to be?

If you have any concerns about your level of fitness the five-day adventure may be the most suitable, or call Hayden to discuss.

How will we get to the river?

The journey to Whakahoro is the start of your Unique experience. The majority of trips will leave from Ohakune, and arriving at Whakahoro a couple hours later. A mini-bus will transport everyone to Whakahoro, with all gear and canoes. Other arrangements can be made, just talk to us about options.

What do Unique provide?

Unique will provide the following:
    • Tent
    • Air mattress
    • Inflatable pillow
    • Dry bag
    • Life jacket
    • Department of Conservation passes
    • Food (main meals and some snacks) and water
    •  Transport
    • Canoes Canoe
    • Guides
    • First Aid Kit.

Do I need previous canoeing experience?

Not at all, these trips cater for the absolute beginner who has never paddled before. You’ll be given clear Safety Briefings and also a bit of Training prior to leaving in order to help you manage, and Hayden will always be on-hand to offer advice. There are a number of rapids between Whakahoro and Pipiriki, however, they’re no problem at all – they are perfect for beginners, great fun but not at all dangerous.

Is there an age limit?

Children be over 12 years of age, however there is no upper age limit – many people over 60 have enjoyed their trip down the river.

What do I need to bring?

The following is recommended:
  • Snack food – anything you may want to keep you going whilst on the river, between meals
  • Warm on-river and off-river clothes
  • River footwear
A comprehensive list will be provided when you book.

Could this be done with a corporate group?

We see this as the perfect opportunity to build a strong team and encourage working together. Hayden can also offer Strategic Planning facilitation, Cultural framework development and Treaty of Waitangi Training. Rather than a one-day team building exercise, or playing games in a board room, why not canoe the Whanganui River together?

How many people do I need to book?

You can book as an individual, a couple or a group. A tour is usually made up of 12-14 people, sometimes all of these will be from one group, but the majority of times it’s a mixture of people. Also can cater for large groups up to 50 people but planning is required at 3 months. But contact Hayden he is willing to assist.

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We’ll guide you through the heart of the Whanganui River, places inaccessible by land, and you’ll get a taste of the great food, history and culture of the river - memories that will stay with you forever.
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Unique Whanganui River Experience Ltd.


71 Carlton Avenue - Tawhero, Whanganui 4501 027 554 4426