The Essentials you need for your canoe trip


Looking to go on an exciting river trip but don’t know how to get started and what you will need? Canoe Safaris provides guided tours that take a lot of the stress out of planning a canoe trip. There are however some essentials that you should bring along with you even on our guided tours! We go over some essentials that you should pack for your canoe trip.


A Variety of Clothes 

A good range of clothing is essential for safety and comfort during your stay on your Whanganui River Trip. Weather in New Zealand can be temperamental and being around water poses the threat of getting a bit damp, so it’s wise to pack waterproof clothing and clothing backups.


Swimwear, shorts, poly props, light long pants, hat, waterproof jacket, woolen socks, gloves, campsite casual clothes, and comfortable shoes are all things you should look to bring on your trip. For a comprehensive list of clothing, check out our What to Bring guide.



On your Canoe Safaris guided Whanganui River trips, we take care of keeping you fed throughout the exciting journey. We cater three meals a day, including three course dinners and provide plenty of snacks to graze on during the day in between meals.  This takes the stress off you lugging around cooking equipment all trip long, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the natural experience.


However if you have some particular “favourites” it can be a good idea to pack some for a quick pick-me-up when needed on the trip.



The New Zealand sunshine is significantly different to sunshine in other parts of the globe. New Zealand’s sunburn time can sometimes be as low as 7 minutes! Don’t get caught unaware and ruin the trip with a nasty sunburn. Bring a bottle of high SPF (marine friendly) sunscreen to apply in the mornings and several times throughout the day.


Make sure to check the brands and reviews of your sunblock as well, as some sunscreen manufacturers have been found to provide insufficient protection against New Zealand’s harsh rays.


Bug Spray 

Being out in nature is a beautiful and soul-filling experience but it also comes with a few easily solvable downsides. Bugs, sandflies, and mosquitoes can be a nuisance at times for the unprepared. Pack some spray-on or roll-on insect repellent that can be applied when you go through or stay in a spot with more bugs than usual.


Sleeping Kit 

We provide you with high quality tents and superior inflating sleeping mats on our guided trips already, so all you need to bring is a high-quality sleeping bag. A sleeping bag that packs down small but is also thick enough to keep you warm will be best, as you want to travel light and sleep comfortably. For night-time, you should also bring a headlamp or a torch for finding things in the dark. A good book can also enhance the experience, giving your mind some stimulation before heading to bed.


Physical preparation 

Whatever your fitness levels, there are a number of ways to prepare specifically for a canoe trip.  Below are links to some easy movements that once repeated, will build your endurance, and performance for multi day tours. 

Shoulder rotations

Torso rotations

Swiss ball sitting

Back stretches

Sitting to standing


Book a Guided River Tour Today 

Book your Whanganui River trip today to be guided through one of New Zealand’s most pristine natural and historical environments. Our guides are knowledgeable and friendly, ready to make your trip one to remember.

We pride ourselves on being able to teach anyone the correct canoe skills and techniques to get you not just down the river, but in a more relaxed and competent style so your muscles can enjoy building on them the next day.  Mult-day options are available so that you can make the most of your time in the area. Experience New Zealand at its best. 

Posted by Tomahawk Support on February 25, 2022