Whanganui Journey

The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys.

This journey lets you take a multi-day canoe or kayak trip to experience its most remote scenic beauty, history and cultural significance.

3-5 days
Whanganui National Park, south-west North Island
Nearest towns
Whanganui, Taumarunui, Ohakune
Nearest airport
Whanganui, Taupō, Palmerston North

Soak up the Māori history and experience the scenic beauty on the Whanganui Journey. Choose a 5-day journey from Taumarunui to Pīpīriki (145 km), or a shorter, 3-day journey starting at Whakahoro (87 km), featuring the most scenic stretches of the river.


  • Paddle through deep gorges and past cascading waterfalls
  • Learn about the intimate connection that Whanganui iwi have with the awa (river) and enjoy a unique stay at Tieke Kainga, a Great Walks hut that is also used as a marae
  • Take a break from the water and visit the famous Bridge to Nowhere, a bridge left behind by returned World War One Serviceman in the 'valley of abandoned dreams'

Find out more in the Whanganui Journey brochure.

Things to know before you go

It is important to plan and prepare your trip and be well equipped on a Great Walk. For a full list of the equipment and preparation required for the Whanganui Journey, plus the latest track updates and information on getting there, please visit the Department of Conservation website.

Safety is your responsibility - It is important that you check in with the nearest DOC Visitor Centre prior to beginning your walk. For detailed safety information, including tramping conditions in New Zealand and The Outdoor Safety Code - 5 simple rules to help you stay safe - visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz.

Whanganui Journey image courtesy of Justin Rihia