Why Unique Whanganui River?

If you want to explore the beauty of the Whanganui River, join one of our three options - we know it will be a unique experience for you.

We’ll guide you through the heart of the Whanganui River, places inaccessible by land, and you’ll get a taste of the history and culture of the river - memories that will stay with you forever.

Who we are

Over 25 years ago, Jamie Anderson began his time on the river with his father and brother. All three of his children have been brought up on the river with him and also share his passion. Together they are – Unique.

Since 1985 Jamie has guided over 60 trips. They started as groups of friends and family, but as demand continued to increase for Jamie’s knowledge and expertise, Hayden Potaka was created, and began business in 2008.

Jamie has the ability to bring a group of individuals together and create a fantastic team of friends. Most trips start with formal handshakes, but end with hugs all round.

Unique Whanganui River Experience has change ownership to Hayden Potaka.

Hayden Potaka is from Whanganui and has a passion for the Whanganui River and its environment. Hayden has a number of years experience paddling the Whanganui River.

Jamie Anderson will still be involved in the business continuing on to share his knowledge and expertise with Unique Whanganui River Experience to maintain the traditional Unique Experience.

The camp sites vary depending on the option chosen

Jamie Anderson

Tour Guide

Jamie will guide you down the river, and with his experience, you’ll be in safe hands. Safety is the highest priority, and you can be assured that Jamie has this at the front of mind at all times. You will be given the training and tips you need to get down the river safely, but Jamie will always be there to help you along.

Jamie has the following qualifications

  • Registered Adventure Activity Operator (AAO) with WorkSafe New Zealand
  • Member of the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors' Association
  • Department of Conservation Licensed Concessionaire