4 Day Canoe Safari

  • $ NZD Adult: 1145.00 | Child: 945.00
  • DEPARTURE: Ohakune
  • DATES: Depart Tuesdays*, October to May Dec 27, 28, Jan 3, 4

The four day trip takes in the upper gorge of this part of the river - lots of rapids, including 3 that we have to walk because of large rocks and the "chute".

This trip starts at the end of the white water rafting section and covers the deep papa gorges down the river to Ohingaiti. We pass under several of the huge viaducts on the main trunk railway, as well as the bungy and rope swing at Gravity Canyon.The first day has the best scenery on the river and some challenging rapids. The river gets easier the further down we get.
If you've done the Whanganui, or some paddling before then we know that this trip wont disappoint you. We've had overseas guests who rate the Rangitikei over many other rivers that they have paddled.

Trip Dates and Group Discounts: With a family of 2 adults and 3 children (14 and under) the third child pays 20% of the child rate.

Group concessions are available.

*Trip start dates are a guideline only – with groups we can start a trip to suit you. We also run extra trips between Christmas and New Year and in early January)


Day 01

Depart canoe Safaris base, Ohakune at 7.30am and drive to River Valley. Unload bus and trailer and load gear into canoes. Comprehensive safety talk and paddle instruction.Plenty of time to practice in the large pool at the start. If the river is high enough then we paddle the first rapid, but portage the next two due to rocks and the 'Chute" rapid. We take the first day slowly as there are plenty of rapids and you have plenty of time to develop paddling skills. Camp in the gorge.

Day 02

Paddle through the end of the gorge past Tarata and on down to Omatane campsite with a short waterfall walk on the way. We pass under the bungy jump site at Gravity Canyon.There's plenty of time in the afternoon for swimming and fishing.

Day 03

The rapids are spaced every 50m or so but there's nothing too hard in this section. We paddle down towards ToeToe road, and under the first of the railway viaducts. The Kawhatau river enter on the left. Before Mangaweka there is a short walk to the remains of the old Mangaweka Power Scheme - built in 1911. We paddle past Mangaweka and down to the campsite at Soldiers road.

Day 04

An easy paddle down to the Rangitikei Boulders. This is a short walk to a small reserve with lots of round boulders amongst the native trees - like Moeraki but without the beach! Lunch on the riverbank, then a short paddle down to the takeout at Ohingaiiti. Return to Ohakune around 3.30pm.



Consider your clothing in two parts. Firstly, what you will wear canoeing and secondly, what you will need in camp. Also work on the assumption that your canoeing clothes will get wet so you must have a dry change for campwear.

Camping Clothes

Comfortable shoes. Complete change of warm clothes. Spare lightweight top. Warm socks. Towel. Warm hat (depending on time of year)


We advise everyone to wear something on his or her feet at all times. There will be occasions when you will need to step out of your canoe into river shallows. In these slippery conditions sandshoes or sandals are better than jandals.

Canoeing Clothes

Swimwear. Sandshoes, sandals or wetsuit booties. Shorts. Sunhat. Woolen or polypropylene top. Waterproof lightweight jacket or parka. Windproof leggings (optional). Woolen socks. Tracksuit or polypro pants (not jeans or any cotton). Light gloves (for warmth or blisters)


Sleeping bag. Extra snacks, Sunglasses (with strap). Torch. Insect repellent. Sunscreen. Camera. Plastic bags/rubbish bags. Umbrella (optional). Water bottle. Book or other reading material. First Aid Kit. Spare rope. Personal medication (if required). Other personal items.