Canoe Safaris New Zealand

Founded in 1979, Canoe Safaris New Zealand offers safe, fun filled canoeing holidays for experienced and inexperienced paddlers in the North Island.


Just imagine a holiday away from it all, no cell phones, no television, no shops, no traffic. Just you and your partner, an open Canadian canoe, a few books maybe, and some friends or family to share in this unique experience. The most popular journey is the five day Whanganui experience although we offer popular three and four day options as well.

A vast portion of the stretch of river that we cover is almost inaccessible from land. This is the type of adventure that all New Zealanders and visitors alike should experience at least once in their life. Words alone cannot describe its special magic.

This is a predominantly grade one river, and with our well trained guides there to teach you, nearly anyone can enjoy this tour.

Trips by Canoe Safaris New Zealand are fully inclusive, all you have to do is bring personal items and a sleeping bag. We provide you with the rest of your camping gear and all of your safety equipment, the trip is fully catered, so all snacks, 3 meals a day with 3 course dinners and a glass of wine or two. We cover the national park fees, provide you with watertight barrels & dry-bags for your gear, provide car and gear storage whilst you are on the river.

Plus of course you will have a guide with you for the duration of the trip, they are there for your enjoyment and safety, to cook for you, motivate you and to show you all of the hidden spots you would otherwise paddle straight past such as hidden canyons and waterfalls!


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