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Canoe Kayak & Jetboating

The Whanganui River is the site of a wealth of water activities. you can enjoy the popular kayak and multi-day canoe trips options to experience the natural and historical beauty of the waterway. For a real slice of something more traditional, you can try the Whanganui River dories, North American inspired dinghies that make for a relaxing and interesting journey. You can add to the experience with walking and even jet boating.

There are a number of tour operators from whom you can hire canoes or  kayaks as well as providing exhilarating Jet Boat Tours, through the many rapids and lush native bush with some of the best scenic landscaping in the World.

For something a bit different you can combine canoeing, kayaking and jet boating with rail and cycle carts through Forgotten World Adventures – just ask us for information

The Tongariro River provides an exciting a white-water rafting journey on grade 3 rapids – an ideal grade for experienced paddlers or first-time rafters.


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Jet boating on the Whanganui River
For a more gentle pace follow the river in a leisurely 1.5 hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro River. The magic of rafting comes alive for first time rafters, those who prefer a gentler pace and children. You still get to paddle and there are some small rapids to navigate but nothing too wet or wild.

Beginner or experienced? it does not matter as operators cater for the beginner and experienced canoeists and kayakers alike. Participants may be children and young adults or over 60 years of age. The water activities are suitable for Individuals, families and groups.