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Canoe Safaris

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Business Type: Tours

Price: From $165.00 per per


Founded in 1979, Canoe Safaris offers fun filled river holidays for folks with little or no paddling experience.

Address: 6 Tay Street Ohakune New Zealand Manawatu, Whanganui

Phone: view phone+ 6463859237

Free Phone: view phone08002723353


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After more than three decades in operation and thousands of happy customers, we are confident that our guided canoe and rafting trips have the right balance of fun, relaxation and exploration. Canoe Safaris has a river holiday for all ages, from families with young children to those over 70 years young.

The Canoe Safaris guiding team are highly experienced river professionals. Company owner, Simon Dixon has been guiding trips on the Whanganui River since 1983. They are highly trained in all aspects of river running, first aid and river rescue. Our guides are well versed in local flora and fauna as well as the rich history of the Whanganui River. They produce superb three course meals at the end of  fun filled day. Our team are all enthusiastic paddlers and many have worked on rivers all over the world.

We take great pride in providing highest quality river and camping equipment. We have a range of different canoes and rafts suitable to the various requirements of the Whanganui, Mohaka and Rangitikei rivers. Our tents, barrels and camping equipment are designed for durability, comfort and water-proofness.

Trip Food – our reputation says it all – simply the best in outdoor dining. If you have pre conceived notions of basic eating on camping trips then we’ll guarantee your in for an interesting surprise! And did we mention bottled New Zealand wine accompanies all evening meals.

Canoe Safaris is also member’s of the NZ Rafting Association, and hold guiding Concessions for the Whanganui National Park and Kaweka Forest Park.

1–4 Day Trips. The Rangitikei river carves its way through the steep deep papa gorges of the Kaimanawa and Ruahine ranges on its journey to the Tasman Sea. The rapids are grade one and two, and the scenery spectacular.

The Mohaka offers some of the best introductory wilderness canoeing and rafting in New Zealand. We carry a range of boats to suit every thrill level—the inflatable self-bailing Sport Yak kayaks will give you a real taste of action, or, if you prefer something a little drier, hop on board one of our large self bailing rafts.

In 1917 one of the most remote valleys of the upper Whanganui River was hastily opened up by the government for Settlement by Discharged Servicemen from the 1914-18 World War. However, this last great rural pioneering scheme in New Zealand proved a complete and utter failure. Visit the Bridge to Nowhere by canoe, or on the newly opened "Mountains to Sea Cycleway"

Consider your clothing in two parts; Firstly, what you will wear canoeing and secondly, what you will need in camp. Also work on the assumption that your canoeing clothes will get wet so you must have a dry change for campwear. Polypropylene/thermal wear is good as it is warm when wet, fast drying and lightweight. Cotton is cold when wet - so if it is raining wool or polypropylene is better. You can use the checklists below to help you when packing for your trip.

Canoeing Clothes:
Woolen or polypropylene top
Windproof leggings (optional)
Tracksuit or polypro pants (not jeans)
Sandshoes, sandals or wetsuit booties
Waterproof lightweight jacket or parka
Woolen socks
Light gloves (for warmth or blisters)
Camping Clothes:
Comfortable shoes
Spare lightweight top
Towels (2 small)
Complete change of warm clothes
Warm socks
Warm hat (depending on time of year)
We advise everyone to wear something on his or her feet at all times. There will be occasions when you will need to step out of your canoe into river shallows. In these slippery conditions sandshoes or sandals are better than jandals.

Miscellaneous Items:
Sleeping bag
Food supplies
plastic bags/rubbish bags
Water bottle
First Aid Kit
Personal medication (if required)
Sleeping mat
Cooking gear
Sunglasses (with strap)
Insect repellent
Camera (with spare film)
Umbrella (optional)
Book or other reading material
Spare rope
Other personal items
Clients should also organize food, tents, sleeping mats and cooking gear - everything should be kept compact, as space is limited.
We can hire out tents/cookers/coolers etc if needed.

If staying in Ohakune the night before the trip barrels and containers can be picked up from our base and packed so you have an idea of how much space you have.

Getting to Ohakune:

Ohakune is well serviced for transport. Three and a half hours drive from Wellington on state highway one, and four and a half hours drive from Auckland. The nearest large centres are Taupo, Palmerston North and Whanganui all about one and a half hours drive away. Ohakune is well serviced by both Buses and Trains, and a pickup service is available by arrangement. See the map for a detailed description.

Our base is at 6 Tay St, Ohakune. Ohakune is a central point for getting to and from the Whanganui River - around 1.5 hours to a put in point at Whakahoro/Taumarunui and 45 minutes back from the take out at Pipiriki.

Where to stay before and after the trip: We recommend arriving the night before the trip. We can then deliver your barrels for packing the night before and the guides can answer any questions you may have. If you have time after the trip join the guides for an end of trip meal at one of Ohakune's many restaurants.

Clients are welcome to call in the night before their trip to pick up barrels/discuss campsites atc. Behind our base is a supermarket for those needing to purchase additional supplies before their trip.


Our base is at 6 Tay St, Ohakune. Ohakune is a central point for getting to and from the Whanganui River - around 1.5 hours to a put in point at Whakahoro/Taumarunui and 45 minutes back from the take out at Pipiriki.

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