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Posted by Phillip Collins on June 09, 2022


Why a Guided Canoe Holiday is Perfect for the Whole Family


There’s no better way to get out on the water and away from it all than a Guided Canoe holiday. Canoeing is an excellent outdoor adventure for the whole family. Leaving the everyday hustle and bustle behind, canoeing is a great way to disconnect from daily life and reconnect with your loved ones. Here we discuss why you should be packing paddles for your next family trip.

Beginner Friendly

For those of you that feel like a fish out of water when on the water, a canoe is a great beginner-level activity and gateway into other water sports. The large design of canoes makes it more difficult than Kayaks to tip over, and with our expert tuition and guidance on our multiday tours, we ensure even the least experienced paddler can pick up the skills, and enjoyment of a Wilderness Canoeing Experience.

Never paddled a day in your life? No problem!  With our guidance and instruction, it only takes about 30 minutes to learn the basics of how to paddle a canoe. We like to break the roles into two, as the rear paddler will dictate the direction; the front paddler will be responsible for most of the power and momentum. With a little bit of practice and a lot of teamwork, any family is more than capable of learning how to paddle canoes along our Whanganui River.

It Won’t Break the Bank

When compared to other once in a lifetime adventure holidays, Canoeing the Whanganui River is a relatively inexpensive summer activity making it ideal for families that want a one-of-a-kind experience without breaking the bank. Unless you plan on making canoeing a staple in your summer holidays, there is no need to purchase your own equipment, instead rental shops are never far from any large body of water or river. Guided canoe tours offer hiring options for your second holiday with us at affordable prices, like our Whanganui canoe hires.

Discover new Worlds

Experience New Zealand’s waterways like you never have before. Reaching into nooks and crannies larger boats cannot reach, traveling by canoe will show you spaces and places you may have seen before but never from this angle. After living in London for two years, I will never forget my first Canoe trip through the city on a Canoe, the perspective was a revelation as I saw more things with a differing view and after over 200 trips on the Whanganui River, I still see something new every time.  If your family loves nature or you’re trying to instill an appreciation for the natural world, there is no better way to do so than with one of our Guided Canoeing trips as you can connect the path of water from the Mountains to the Sea, the relationship between river, bank, rainforest and all the wildlife that calls this fascinating and unique ecosystem home! 

Reconnect with the Family

Getting out onto the water is an excellent way for the family to unplug. Tell the teens and tweens to put their phones on flight mode and tuck them into the dry bag, as they are now just expensive cameras. This is usually a hard sell, but the risk of getting them wet makes it an easy decision. Disconnecting from our devices, even for a short time, makes it easier to focus on each other and enjoy time together. The rhythmic motion of the paddling and the teamwork required makes for a potent cocktail of relaxation and bonding for the whole family.  We have seen great outcomes for families working, laughing and paddling together out here. 

Explore New Zealand like Never Before

If you’re looking for a fun family trip, the search is over! Canoe holidays are a fantastic way to reconnect with each other and the world around you. Whether you’re a group of beginners, a company of budding adventurers, or experienced paddlers, Canoe Safaris New Zealand have something for you. Get in touch with our team today and book your next adventure.