Unique Whanganui River.

Want to explore the unique beauty of the Whanganui River, join one of our three experiences - 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 great food, history and culture of the river - memories that will stay with you forever.

Who we are

Unique Whanganui River Experience has changed ownership and operation over to Hayden Potaka.

Hayden was brought up in Whanganui and spent a lot of time as a child along the banks of the Whanganui River. Hayden also has a number of year’s experience paddling down the Whanganui River.

Over 25 years ago the previous owner 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.
Jamie had 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. Jamie will continue with Unique Whanganui River trips.

Continuing the business based on its Unique themes, Hayden wants to focus the experience on the river and enhancing the gourmet food experience by introducing different Chefs to river while utilising the produce the surrounds the river and bush environment.

So keep an eye out those food themed experience.

The camp sites vary depending on the option chosen

Damien Peeti


Damien is a Lecturer at UCOL Whanganui, NZ. Damien has a Bachelor of Culinary Arts, Bachelor in Education and is a qualified Culinary Arts Judge. He enjoys development the development of Chefs. Maybe this Unique Experience he will share some culinary art tips with you. 

Join Damien and Hayden. 

  • 2nd-5th January 2018 
  • Leaving Whakahoro, camping at Mangapapa, Mangawaiiti and Tieki Kainga.
  • Enjoy dinners prepared and cooked by Chef Damien