Canoeing the Whanganui Journey
The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys. Lowland forest surrounds the river in its middle and lower reaches - the heart of Whanganui National Park.
The 145 kilometre river journey from Taumarunui to Pipiriki takes an average 5 days to complete by canoe. A shorter 3 day journey from Whakahoro to Pipiriki is also possible. Although a river journey, the Whanganui is part of New Zealand's Great Walks network.
View the Whanganui Journey brochure (PDF, 3,239K).
Great Walk/Easier tramping track
Find out about the cultural and natural history of the Whanganui Journey Great Walk and other activities in the area.
Find information on distances between campsites and huts on the Whanganui Journey.
There are several campsites and huts along the river. All have a water supply and the huts have bunks with mattresses and cooking facilities.
Find the information you need to plan a safe trip on the Whanganui Journey.
Get a picture of what it's like to canoe or kayak the Whanganui Journey, from the stunning scenery to the hut accommodation to the cultural experience. Hear actual visitors share their impressions.
A Great Walk pass is required for use of all huts and campsites. General information here on the cost and how to purchase your Great Walks pass.
Whanganui National Park is located in the south-west of New Zealand's North Island.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services for the Whanganui Journey.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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