2 Day Rangitikei River Canoe
- Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
- Location: Ohakune, Ruapehu
- Product code: PXS6UB
The Rangitikei river carves its way through the steep deep papa gorges of the Kaimanawa and Ruahine ranges on its journey to the Tasman Sea. The rapids are grade one and two, and the scenery spectacular.
If you want a river with plenty of small rapids, steep gorges, clear water, quiet campsites and plenty of fun then this is the trip. Clients rate this river over most others.
There is clear water for trout fishing and swimming, grassy campsites on the river's edge, high papa bluffs, stands of native bush, short walks to waterfalls and the amazing "Rangitikei Boulders".
We also walk to the remains of the Mangaweka power scheme — Built in 1911 Mangaweka was one of the first towns on the main trunk line to have its own power.
This trip starts at on the river at Mokai and covers the deep papa gorges down the river to Mangaweka. We pass under several of the huge viaducts on the main trunk railway, as well as the bungy and rope swing at Gravity Canyon.
The two day trip takes in the end of the upper gorge of this part of the river - lots of small rapids. The first day has some of the best scenery on the river and a rapid every 50m or so. The river gets easier the further down we get.
If you've done the Whanganui, or some paddling before then we know that this trip wont disappoint you. We've had overseas guests who rate the Rangitikei over many other rivers that they have paddled.
The nicest most spectacular river we've seen! Rapid after rapid in cliffs and canyons...... We've paddled hundreds of rivers in Canada, Alaska, fished in Iceland and Patagonia....this is the most spectacular one! Thanks to Simon for the good advices on which rivers and when to canoe them.. Nathalie Mongeau, Monreal Quebec