The longest navigable river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River traverses over 200km of countryside in its winding journey through the Whanganui National Park to eventually meet the Tasman sea.

The river has spectacular scenery in its middle reaches, north of Pipiriki, where it passes through a series of narrow gorges set amidst lush native forest.

Whanganui River Adventures based in Pipiriki, offers a vast array of outdoor activities including scenic jetboating, bushwalking, Bridge to Nowhere tours and canoeing.

The tours all come with local history and stories of the river from local tangata whenua guides, drivers and staff.

Select from a number of day tours, including:

  • The Bridge to Nowhere Jetboat Tour 4 – 4.5 hours
  • Manganui O Te Ao Jetboat Tour – 45 mins
  • Whanganui River Jetboat Onedayer Adventure – 6-7 hours
  • The Traveller with Very Little Time Jetboat Tour – 3-5 hours
  • Mountain Biking – Mangapurua Bridge To Nowhere Track – 7-8 hours

Tour prices range from $130 to $150 per person. For more information visit Whanganui River Adventures

Pipriki and the Whanganui River are 76 kilometres drive from Whakapapa Village and will take you around an hour and 10 minutes to get there.

Skotel Alpine Resort is a true alpine retreat nestled in tussock on the edge of Whakapapa Village in the heart of Tongariro National Park. It is the perfect place to base yourself for exploring the UNESCO world heritage parks in the region.