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“Excellent day in NZ nature!”

Whanganui River Adventures
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Pipiriki
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Owner description: Mihi nui kia a koutou katoa, Whanganui River Adventures(No Pipiriki)is the only locally owned Jetboat, Canoe and multi adventure and accommodation business based in Pipiriki.We specialise in personalised all round service promoting our local history and stories that we grew up with and what has been passed down to us by our kaumatua and kuia (ancestors, grandparents) and our whanau(families)who still reside on the awa (river)to this date. Our tours are Scenic involving scenic and historic site stops by Jetboat or Canoe/Kayak or MTB ensuring you with a safe journey to your destination from the beginning and return back. You will be greeted with a warm and cheery smile by either ourselves (Ken & Josephine) or one of our local staff before starting your tour on the Whanganui River or one of our local tracks in the area. Or you may be just calling in to our office for a friendly chat and information on our local area or just to have a hot drink and something to eat before your drive out of Pipiriki. We welcome anyone from NZders to our International Visitors from all over the world. Nau mai, Haere mai!!
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Horsham, Australia
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent day in NZ nature!”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

My aunty decided to book a day adventure for her family and myself, which included a jet boat ride along the Whanganui River which stopped 32km up river for us to walk to the Bridge to Nowhere. The group aged from 6yrs to mid 50s. The drive from Wanganui to the office had bad roads in parts, so give yourself plenty of time to get there (we left without some people as they were over 20 mins late).
Staff in the office were extremely friendly when we got there. We waited for the group to come together, got our life jackets (a legal requirement) and then we walked down from the office to the River. We jet boated up river and listened to Thomas give us stories and explained some history. We all handled the walk well (there are steps- the hardest part is right when you are getting out of the jet boat!! otherwise its quite a light walk) and the walk was mostly shady, which was nice on a warm day!! Thomas (our guide) was very knowledgeable and shared stories and he has a very strong family history in the area. He even handed out some delicious cookies/biscuits and had tea/coffee/hot chocolate supplies for those interested!!
There are toilets along the way, which is a port-a-loo above a hole in the ground, which was not pleasant smelling on a warm day and no toilet paper (but if you need to go, you'll use it! Don't forget tissues!!). Obviously the toilet is put there the council for use by every tour group that goes there. We then walked back to the jet boat and had a few 360 spins on the way back.
My family group got off the jet boat 10km from the end (obviously pre-arranged when we booked) and then rowed the remaining distance back. Took about 2 hours in the canoes (and not being fitness freaks or rowers and you obviously need to row or you'll never make it back!!), but none of us fell in, even over the small rapids.... so listen to their advice so you don't either (unlike a few others from other groups rowing along!!).
Remember to take hats, sunscreen, lunch and water bottles.... Was a fantastic day!

Thank you Thomas and the staff for making it such a wonderful experience. I had such a wonderful day!! Thanks!

Visited January 2014
Thank ErinL83
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Wellington, New Zealand
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Awesome awesome time”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Ken and Josephine - You two are amazing. We were only going to stay 1 night, but ended up staying to 2. Your hospitality along with your Mum was just lovely. We loved the jet boat trip and we loved being able to canoe back home again. The info you gave us was exceptional and informative. We loved how you just stopped and chatted with us. You have a great business and I want to see it continuing to succeed. This was good value for money.
Your campsite is just lovely.
Thank you also for the lovely gift you presented to us before we left. That was unexpected, but not surprising coming from you, as you have a lovely heart

Visited January 2014
1 Thank pete471
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Levin, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Bridge to Nowhere”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Excellent day out, enjoyed the whole trip from the Jet boating to the hike up to the Bridge to Nowhere and then the canoe ride back to base. Our guide was excellent (sorry I can't remember your name). Would recommend to all.

Visited January 2014
Thank 67Jill
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lovely trip, friendly guide, well worth doing!”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a very beautiful and remote region but worth taking the time to go and have a look. The jet boat trip up to the "Bridge to Nowhere" is not a high adrenaline buzz but a tranquil, informative and beautiful experience. Ken our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about "his" place.

I don't need to say more really, great trip. By the way there are many flexible options if you would rather canoe down parts Ken can set this up for you. We were lazy but it looks fun and not too technical so don't be scared, give it a go!!

Visited November 2013
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Gainesville, Virginia
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51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A trip into a beautiful area led by a guide who has strong ties to the place”
Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

This was not primarily a jet-boat thrill ride as are some trips, although we did enjoy a couple of spins. What the trip was was a tour of a magnificent natural environment, centered on a remote section of the river. Thomas, our guide, is a 4th generation resident in this area and knows the history and culture of the place as well as anyone. Hearing him tell of the history of the area and the stories of the residents was fascinating.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Rick S
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