What our manuhiri have to say

At Unique Whanganui River Experience, we love taking manuhiri (visitors) from all across Aotearoa, out onto our awa (river) and giving them an experience filled with manaakitanga (hospitality) and adventure. Here is a little of what they have to say.


Rated 4.3 out of 5
4.3 out of 5 stars (based on 6 reviews)
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Canoeing down the Whanganui

Rated 5 out of 5
May 30, 2019

An excellent 5 days canoeing down the Whanganui river with Jamie our tour guide, chef and fount of all knowledge on the river and its surrounds.
Advertises and delivers gourmet food – porridge (40+ years since I’d eaten porridge – it never tasted like this), glazed ham on the bone, fillet steak, lamb legs, scones, muffins, banana cake all produced on a camp oven.
Side trips to interesting sites like ‘the bridge to nowhere, and a day off the river, as well as the odd dunking all, combine to really make the trip truly ‘Unique’. I recommend this canoe trip to anyone. Thanks, Jamie.

Francis T

Truly ‘Unique Whanganui experience’

Rated 5 out of 5
May 30, 2019

A 5 day experience of real genuine passion and commitment. An excellent knowledge of the river, its history and its foibles. Good to work with and a fun sense of humour. Had a lot of fun.

Gramham Young

Paddling the day’s away down the Whanganui

Rated 5 out of 5
May 30, 2019

We booked a 3 day trip down the River as a social trip for work. Jamie and the team really looked after us. Couldn’t have been better. We met at the Blue Duck Cafe, Whakahoro, part of Blue Duck Station where we got the history of the Station and the work they are doing on pest control to help the native blue duck, after getting transported in from Taumarunui. After dinner (great)and breakfast (also great) at the cafe, the next morning we set off down the river. Jamie had all the gear covered and the equipment was in great condition. All the bases were covered from organising our car storage, transport, to food and equipment. All the feed back from the crew has been positive – highly recommended.


"E rere kau mai te Awa nui mai i te KAAhui Maunga ki Tangaroa"

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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