Kayaking, Canoeing & Rafting | Water Activities | Tongariro National Park Villages

Kayaking, Canoeing & Rafting

Spanning two wilderness National Parks through Tongariro and Whanganui, the Ruapehu region presents a veritable smorgasbord of river ways for premium kayaking, canoeing and rafting.


The mighty Whanganui River is a mecca for a multitude of watersports, with kayaking and multi day canoe trips as popular options to experience the natural and historical beauty of the waterway. For a real slice of something more traditional, you can try the Whanganui River dories, North American inspired dinghies that make for a relaxing and interesting journey.

For more fast paced adventures, there is world class rafting on the Tongariro River with a white water rafting journey on grade 3 rapids – an ideal grade for experienced paddlers or first-time rafters.

For a more gentle pace follow the river in a leisurely 1.5 hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro. The magic of rafting comes alive for first time rafters, those who prefer a gentler pace and children. You still get to paddle and there are some small rapids to navigate but nothing too wet or wild.