Whanganui Journey

Hut availability for the Whanganui Journey is limited and often books out, particularly during peak seasons. If you can't get a spot on your perferred date, use our free hut alerts tool to automatically notify you as soon as a spot opens up. Set up alert

Whanganui Journey

Photo credit: Clare Shaw ©

Track Details

The Whanganui Journey, also known as the Whanganui River Canoe Trip, is a must-do adventure for anyone visiting New Zealand’s North Island. This iconic journey spans 145 kilometers (90 miles) and takes you through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled landscapes in the country, including the Whanganui National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The journey takes 5-7 days to complete and is considered one of the Great Walks of New Zealand.

Offering a unique twist from the typical Great Walks of New Zealand, the Whanganui Journey is done by either canoe or kayak. It starts at Taumarunui and ends at Pipiriki, offering a completelu unique experience as it takes participants through a variety of terrains, including lush forests, rugged gorges, and pristine waterfalls.

The Whanganui River is the longest navigable river in New Zealand and is home to a diverse range of wildlife and plants. Along the journey, you will also have the opportunity to explore the Maori culture and history, as the Whanganui River is considered sacred by the Maori people.

There are several huts and campsites along the Whanganui Journey, which provide shelter and basic facilities for hikers. Booking is essential during peak season. If you can’t book a hut on your perferred day make sure to use our free hut alerts tool that is constantly checking against hut availability. This tool will send you an email notification as soon as a spot opens up.

It is important to be well-prepared for the journey, as the river can be challenging in places, and the weather can change quickly. It is recommended to be in good physical condition, wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and carry sufficient food and water. It is also important to be aware of the weather conditions, as the river can be particularly treacherous in heavy rain.

Overall, the Whanganui Journey is a challenging but rewarding adventure that offers some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. It is a must-do for anyone visiting the North Island and looking for an adventure in the great outdoors. The journey offers a unique experience, taking participants through a variety of terrains, making it one of the most diverse of the Great Walks in New Zealand. The trail provides a true sense of wilderness and isolation, making it an unforgettable experience.

Huts Along This Walk

Hut Name
Cooking Facilities
Peak Season Fees
Off Season Fees
Walk Times
John Coull Hut 24 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $30 $15
  • 37.5 kilometer paddle from Whakahoro
Tīeke Kāinga 20 Available Yes, not treated Available Available $30 $15
  • 29 kilometer paddle from John Coull Hut
  • 21.5 kilometer paddle to Pīpīriki
Whakahoro Bunkroom 10 Not available No water Not available Not available $30 $15
  • 57 kilometer paddle from Taumarunui