Unique Whanganui River Experience
Unique Whanganui Experience managing director is Hayden Potaka has a team of Cultural Navigators that have all been on the Tira Hoe Waka wananga, trained Iwi knowledge and have a strong knowledge of the river. They have also been technical in swift water rescue and hold current first aid certificates. Hemi Gray is our lead cultural navigator and has ability to bring a group of individuals together and create a fantastic team of friends. Most trips start with formal handshakes, but end with hugs all round.
Each Experience is Unique. Continuing the business based on its Unique themes, We are wanting to focus the experience on the river and enhancing the gourmet food experience by introducing different Chefs to river while utilising the produce the surrounds the river and bush environment. So keep an eye out those food themed experience.
"KO AU TE AWA, KO TE AWA KO AU" "I AM THE RIVER AND THE RIVER IS ME"
We’ll guide you through the heart of the Whanganui River, places inaccessible by land, and you’ll get a taste of the great food, history and culture of the river - memories that will stay with you forever.
ON RIVER EXPERIENCE
Your ‘on-river’ experience begins when you reach Whakahoro. Before getting on the water and making your way along the Retaruke River, to join the Whanganui River, you’ll be briefed thoroughly. All safety procedures will be discussed and you’ll be trained with the best way to steer your canoe, how to read the water, and things to look out for along the way.
OFF RIVER EXPERIENCE
Time off the river is all about relaxing and telling a few stories. You’ll be provided with a tent, air mattress, inflatable pillow, and a bag for all of your things to go in – this is ‘glamping’ at its best! You’ll be amazed at what can be cooked using a gas camp oven – roasts, baked goods, dessert – none of this dried packet stuff. And we hope you won’t go hungry, there’s plenty to keep you going!