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Unique Whanganui River Experiences offers unique educational and immersive one and multi-day experiences on the Whanganui River. The fully hosted, Māori experiences are guided by trained Awa navigators. Spend up to 16 hours traversing the beautiful Awa in a canoe, while learning about the rich history, kai, and kōrero. Visit the website or call us to learn more.
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An experience never to be forgotten
We had an amazing time on the river, with great scenery and vistas. This is not for the faint hearted- 90km of river to paddle in 3 days requires staying power. Having the cultural guide was a definite plus as he was able to tell us about the land, the legends and instruction for the rapids. Visiting a Maori Marae and experiencing a welcome ceremony helped us understand the culture.
I would advise anyone booking to send the exact requirements for the numbers of tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, pillows and any dietary restrictions in one single email to avoid communication confusion.
We got in a jet boat and whizzed up the river where there were canoes waiting. We were give instructions and safety jackets and set off down the river in the company of other people on the trip. There was small rapids but these will vary with time of year and rain fall.The Whanganui river is an awesome experience. You come off the river at the same point that you entered it on the jet boat. Worth every penny.
Awesome guide with a real connection to Te Awa o Whanganui
I’ve worked in outdoor tourism for years so I know a good operator when I see one and these guys are. But what makes this experience so special is the real connection Hayden and his family have to this area. This would be the most genuine Maori cultural experience I’ve ever seen anywhere in New Zealand. Throw in some awesome scenery and a special meal and it’s one of the best weekends away I’ve ever had. (We did the overnight trip with Hayden and Monique from Hiakai). Highly recommended but get in quick cos it will book out. Thanks!
A great bucket list trip. If you nothing else do this one with Jamie Anderson . Great food, astonishing scenery and a happy, helpful and generous guide. The river is remote though but this makes it even better. Five stars plus.
Great experience with great people
Just arrived from Australia and did a 4-day trip with Jamie and a great crowd I had never met before.
Stunning scenery all the way, good food (Jamie cooks better on a camp fire than I do in my kitchen) and a jovial crowd made in a very enjoyable adventure (not all adventures are...)
Jamie was always chirpy and a great organiser. He has extensive knowledge of the river, its history and its wildlife. He made it all work so well.
I would suggest Australians come after mid-December. Before that the weather can be temperamental.
Experience of a lifetime
My wife and I just recently finished a five day excursion with Jamie and Sarah down the Whanganui. This trip was amazing. Jamie and Sarah were extremely courteous and helpful hosts. Jaime’s knowledge of the river and the overall history of New Zealand in general was second to none. They supplied us with everything we needed for camp and canoeing. They even offered us rain gear in case we needed it. Tents, air mattresses and pillows were all top notch. Both Sarah and Jamie were also a delight to speak with and socialize. We definitely never had a dull moment between the four of us. Food was delicious with a variety of dinners, great lunches and warm breakfasts every day. The scenery was to die for. We have never seen so many waterfalls in our life in such a short amount of time. The wildlife was also great. Every morning we woke to amazing bird songs. I would highly recommend this journey to anyone visiting New Zealand or just wanting a get away. We were looking for a multi day backpacking trip and are so glad we chose this instead. Thank you Jamie and Sarah this trip will be something we will never forget.
Paddling the day’s away down the Whanganui
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.
Outstanding Whanganui Journey Experiece!
I recently completed an outstanding five-day canoe trip with Unique Whanganui River Experience. I feel most fortunate that one of the companies that rents all the necessary gear for this type of adventure had recommended this company as the best way for me to enjoy this beautiful River! Unique Whanganui River Experience is Jamie Anderson, a highly experienced guide who knows each and every part of the River like the back of his hand! Jamie is a highly professional guide and always keeps the safety of his clients in mind. Jaime, in addition to be a highly skilled/experienced guide, is a tremendous storyteller and historian, always willing to share a story, joke or anecdote relating to the River. Jamie did a super job of selecting campsites and huts for our trip. He is also a fantastic cook, as he prepared all of our meals while on the River! The food was both plentiful and delicious! I especially appreciated Jaime’s timely instructions on how to best navigate our canoes through the more challenging Rapids! We did not tip our canoes even once! I should also mention that Jaime emphasized the cultural aspects of this trip, focusing on the Maori culture and history of the area. I highly recommend Jaime and Unique Whanganui River Experience as the best way to enjoy a guided canoe or kayaking trip on the Whanganui River!
Truly ’Unique Whanganui experience’
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.
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