Whanganui River Experience
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2018: 2nd- 5th January 4 days with Chef Damien
On River Experience
Your ‘on-river’ experience begins when you reach Whakahoro. Before getting on the water and making your way along the Retaruke River, to join the Whanganui River, you’ll be briefed thoroughly. All safety procedures will be discussed and you’ll be trained with the best way to steer your canoe, how to read the water, and things to look out for along the way.
The first few days of paddling are smooth with small rapids to get through, allowing you to get used to the canoe and ‘feel for the water’.
The last day is the day to look forward to - there’s quite a few rapids to get through! But you’ll be given guidance on the best way to approach them and Hayden (or one of well trained Guides) will go first so you’ve got someone to follow.
You’ll get regular stops to break up a couple of the long days, but river conditions will determine the amount of time you need to spend on the water. The flow can vary a lot depending on whether the river is high or low.
Off River Experience
Time off the river is all about relaxing and telling a few stories. You’ll be provided with a tent, air mattress, inflatable pillow, and a bag for all of your things to go in – this is ‘glamping’ at its best! We seem to be known for our food and we take this pretty seriously, so if you’re hoping to lose a couple of kilos on the river, you might be a little disappointed! You’ll be amazed at what can be cooked using a gas camp oven – roasts, baked goods, dessert – none of this dried packet stuff. And we hope you won’t go hungry, there’s plenty to keep you going!
A day off, really?
You heard it right, on the 5 day adventure you’ll get a day off the river! We spend two nights at Mangawaiiti campsite, a beautiful spot surrounded by bush.
On the day off you can take an optional walk up to see views of Mount Ruapehu and Taranaki. You’ll listen to native birds, explore the bush, but also have some time to swim or just relax and read a book.