Kayak and Canoe Rental in the Whanganui National Park

Canoe Safaris has over fifty open Canoes and Kayaks for Guided tours and Rental as well! This includes your barrels, paddles, safety gear, transport to and from the river and waterproof river maps are also included. We also hire for those doing the Te Araroa trail. Call or Book online today!


Our base is in central Ohakune at 6 Tay St (corner of Tay and Rata). Ohakune is a central point for getting to and from the Whanganui River - around 1-1 1/2 hours to a put in point at Whakahoro/Ohinipane and 45 minutes back from the take out at Pipiriki.

We have Motel accommodation available at our base in Ohakune. Call for prices and availability. You can collect barrels and gear before your trip and leave your car safely while you are on the river.   Clients are welcome to call in the night before their trip to pick up barrels/discuss campsites etc. We can pickup from the bus and train stations if pre booked, and from other accommodations in town and the DoC campsite.

Near our base is a supermarket for those needing to purchase additional supplies before their trip. A BP garage is 500m away and can refill LPG gas bottles. Bars and Cafes are also 500m away. We usually try to depart Ohakune at around 7.30am for 3 day hire, and 8.00am for longer hire. Pickup from Pipiriki is usually 2.00pm – back to Ohakune by 3.30pm.

Canoes And Kayaks

All canoes and kayaks are imported from the US or Canada, and are some of the best boats available. We take great pride in having the best equipment on the river and are constantly updating our fleet. Canoes come complete with storage barrels, lifejackets (PFD's), bailers, rope and paddles. Canoes have straps for securing gear and barrels. We have River guidebooks for sale, DoC Maps, and we give a training session and campsite recommendations/paddling times at the start of your hire trip. Canoe rental price includes all paddling gear, transport to and from the river.

From May to October we hire to experienced paddlers and we can provide wetsuits, booties and thermos flasks for your trip. Consider 3 days with 2 nights in huts.

Dept of Conservation Campsite and Hut passes can be purchased online before your trip. To check availability and to book your passes online please go to:


Click on “Book Online”

We can book this for you but a small fee will apply. You will need the names of all of the members of your group.

We can also arrange accommodation or camping at Ramanui (Bridge to Nowhere Lodge) Lodge. If booking your own campsites, we do need to see proof of this before we embark on the day of your tour.  

Please ask us about group hire discounts. Book early for busy times!

Canoe & Kayak Hire Prices

3 Day Canoe/Kayak Hire

$200.00 per person

4 Day Canoe/Kayak Hire

$220.00 per person

5 Day Canoe/Kayak Hire

$230.00 per person

Locator Beacons

We now have several Locator Beacons for hire on the river - or if you happen to be tramping in the Tongariro area. These are small units to carry, and we carry one on all of our Guided Whanganui River Tours. With a group of 2 we strongly recommend you hire a beacon.

Locator Beacon Prices

3 Day Hire


4 Day Hire


5 Day Hire


Please ask about prices for longer hire.


We would ask that you consider using environmentally friendly products on your trip eg., shampoo, soap etc. Please leave campsites as you found them (or better), and bring all rubbish off the river with you - you can be taken to the recycling station in Ohakune. Please no throwaway plastic bottles and also note, we at Canoe Safaris cannot take your rubbish for you at the end of your tour.

Have you previous experience?

The Whanganui National Park section of the Whanganui River is almost 90 km in length and the only access by road is at the end - Pipiriki. Under most conditions the river is an easy Grade 1+ suitable for novice paddlers, but best for those with paddling/outdoor experience or groups with an experienced leader. The river has a large catchment area and has been known to rise 5 metres overnight.

Jetboats are available for evacuation on the Whanganui but can be expensive and are not covered in the hire cost.

Hire clients are responsible for getting themselves and all equipment including Canoes to Pipiriki (or other selected take out point) at the pre-arranged pick up time, and in the same condition as it was when hired.
Damage or loss will be charged to the hirer.

If you are concerned that your group lacks experience, or you have a number of young children please ask about our Whanganui River guided tours, or about hiring a guide.