Our Unique Whanganui River Experience www.uniquewhanganuiriverexperience.co.nz guided by Jamie Anderson was positively unforgettable.
Jamie Anderson is an excellent guide with decades of experience on the river. My family of 6, three adults and three children were in safe hands throughout . Jamie surprised us by taking camp cooking to a new level! 'Carrot Cake with a Blueberry Cream Cheese Icing', 'Cheese and Ham Savory Scones', 'Chargriled Eye Fillet W Mushroom Sauce' are among an array of delights cooked up during our 5 days of paddle.
The Whanganui River is an incredibly interesting place. Did you know that along with the 'Pink And White Terraces' near lake Tarrawera the 'Whangani River' was at the beginning of the 19th century NZ main tourist attraction. We were more than happy to be in on of Jamie's traditional Canadian style kayaks paddling gracefully down river. We were humbled to spend two nights in a traditional marae, this is a Maori sacred open and communal meeting house, it proved to be a place of greatest spirituality ; the place that heightens people's dignity, and the place in which Māori customs are given ultimate expression. Here we sat together drank tea listened to 'Boy' the main man on site and all stood up, introduced ourselves and shared a little about who we are, what we do and how we came to be there. It was very magical and connecting evening.
Jamie's Unique Whanganui River Experience and my experience at the Marae personally gave me an opportunity to slow down, reflect on life and how important my family and ancestors are i my life. I will never forget those 5 days.
Tom Rowlandson (Chef Vauxhall Cafe Devonport Auckland NZ)
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