1 Plan and prepare WHANGANUI . JOURNEY . Duration: 3 or 5 days Great Walks season: Distance: 88 km or 145 km (one way) 1 October 2018 30 April 2019. WHANGANUI PADDLING GUIDE. JOURNEY hinepane 36 campers Poukaria 20 campers Maharanui 24 campers Paddle through a landscape Taumarunui of remote hills and valleys on the 22 km / 3 5 hrs 35 km / 6 8 hrs magical WHANGANUI JOURNEY . Experience the scenic beauty, history and cultural significance of the winding WHANGANUI River in the south-west of the North Island. Choose a 5-day JOURNEY from Taumarunui to Pipiriki (145 km), or a shorter, 3-day JOURNEY starting at Whakahoro (88 km), featuring the most scenic Day 1: Taumarunui to Day 2: Ohinepane to stretches of the river.
2 Ohinepane Whakahoro This brochure describes a 5-day trip 3 5 hours, 22 km 6 8 hours, 35 km by canoe or kayak from Taumarunui to Access points are at Ngahuinga From here, you'll feel as Pipiriki for independent, non-guided (Cherry Grove) in Taumarunui or though you are venturing into travellers during the Great Walks further downstream at Ohinepane the heart of a rich and rugged season (1 October 2018 30 April 2019). (accessed from River Road SH43). landscape. On the way you Travelling the upper reaches of will pass Poukaria Campsite the WHANGANUI River, you'll pass (a great spot to stop for lunch). utside the Great Walks season O and Maharanui Campsite. (May to September) conditions through a mixture of farmland and native bush.
3 You'll be in for some Take a short trip up the Ohura are more hazardous see the excitement as you shoot down River to Ohura Falls. safety information. rapids on this section of the river. Duration: 3 or 5 days Distance: 88 km or 145 km (one way). Great Walks season: COVER : Andrew Bain / Alamy Stock Photo 1 October 2018 30 April 2019. ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT: Monster Valley; Monster Valley;. Janette Asche; DOC/90 Seconds; Monster Valley MAIN PHOTO: Whakahoro Campsite, Daniel Deans hut campsite car park John Coull T eke K inga Whakahoro Mangapapa hauora 24 bunks Mangawaiiti Mangapurua 20 bunks Ng poro 36 campers 20 campers 20 campers 36 campers 36 campers 20 campers 36 campers 20 campers Pipiriki km / 7 9 hrs 29 km / 7 9 hrs km / 4 6 hrs Day 4: John Coull Hut to Day 5: T eke K inga Day 3.
4 Whakahoro to John Coull Hut T eke K inga to Pipiriki 7 9 hours, km 7 9 hours, 29 km 4 6 hours, km Many begin their river JOURNEY here the On this section, you'll follow the river You'll pass through the scenic scenic middle reaches of the river, featuring as it meanders through bush-covered gorge of the Manganui o te numerous waterfalls after heavy rain. Past hills, passing the mouths of the Ao River where it enters the Mangapapa Campsite, you'll take a long Tangarakau and Whangamomona rivers WHANGANUI after its JOURNEY loop around the Kirikiriroa peninsula, pass where they join the WHANGANUI . Perched from the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. the Tarepokiore (whirlpool) rapid and then high above the river, Mangawaiiti is an The Ngaporo and Autapu rapids the large overhang known as Tamatea's attractive spot to camp or stop for lunch.
5 Can provide plenty of excitement Cave. Please do not enter the cave as it is Continue your trip downstream past and perhaps a cool dip on a hot w hi tapu (a sacred place). Otaihanga Reach the Mangapurua Landing, gateway to day. You'll pass through more leads you to your overnight stop at John the Bridge to Nowhere, on your way to exotic trees and farmland before Coull Hut and Campsite. T eke K inga. Here you can examine the finally reaching the end of your intricately-carved pou whenua (carved JOURNEY at Pipiriki village. timber pole) and learn about the history of T eke and the tikanga (protocol) of the marae. HIGHLIGHTS. Photo: DOC/90 Seconds 1 . Take a break from the water at Mangapurua Landing and walk to the iconic Bridge to Nowhere.
6 Lost deep in the forest, completely isolated from Photo: Shellie Evans ( ) civilisation, this lonely concrete bridge was built for World War I servicemen to reach a now-abandoned settlement. 2 Look out for plump wood pigeon/kerer , as they plummet from the forest canopy before gaining enough speed to rise again, and noisily crash-land into the foliage in search of more berries. 3 . Experience the unique landscape of the WHANGANUI National Park as you paddle through deep gorges and past cascading Photo: DOC/90 Seconds waterfalls. 4 isit T eke K inga and learn about the V. intimate connection that WHANGANUI iwi have with the awa (river). 5 atch for long-tailed bats/pekapeka W. fluttering overhead at dusk when you reach John Coull Hut on Day 3.
7 conservation story Photo: Canoe Safaris 6 Watch and listen for the native birdlife of the WHANGANUI National Park, including kerer , blue duck/whio, t and brown kiwi. There has been a noticeable increase in birdsong since Kia Wharite, a partnership to protect some of our most precious taonga, began in the WHANGANUI National Park in 2008. Photo: Sabine Bernert Photo: Matt Binns (CC BY ). Ta u m a r u n u i Great Walk hut PLACES TO STAY Great Walk campsite 43. 43. Toilet there are also toilets DOC operates 2 huts, 11 Great Walks at each hut and campsite Ohinepane campsites and 1 basic bunkroom Great Walk along the WHANGANUI JOURNEY , which Tramping track / Cycle trail must be booked in advance during 43.
8 94. the Great Walks season (1 October State Highway iv e r 2018 30 April 2019). Other roads Poukaria 62. O hu ra R. 632m Outside the Great Walks season facilities are greatly reduced, and there are no volunteer hut rangers. 0 1 Km . 629m Booking is not required, huts and campsites are first come, first served and fees are reduced. WHANGANUI See for details. National Park Maharanui er AD. iv O. R. OIO. R. Great Walks huts ui an ng ha R. $32 per adult per night; Whakahoro W. 17 years and under free (booking required). Mangapapa Re ta r uk e R i ve r During the Great Walks season the huts have bunks, mattresses, a water supply, toilets, Ohauora hand-washing facilities and heating with fuel.
9 They may u R iver also have a lighting source, Ta ng a r aka basic cooking facilities with 699m fuel, and a volunteer hut ranger may be present. John Coull 635m W. RU. ha ng ATI. an ui 675m Bridge to Nowhere ! T. R. I RO. iv er Mangapurua AD. Mangawaiiti 655m Tieke Kainga RAETIH. I. Whakahoro Campsite. Photo: Daniel Deans 746m OH. UR. 698m A. 705m RO. AD. Great Walks campsites R. i ve r 757m 786m Ao te $20 per adult per night; ng a nu io Ma 17 years and under free (booking required). 695m 44. The campsites offer basic Ngaporo Raetihi facilities including toilets, sinks and a water supply. PIPIRIKI RAETIHI RO. AD. Some also have picnic tables and cooking shelters. 630m SH4. 636m to WHANGANUI Pipiriki PROTECT OUR WATERWAYS.
10 CHECK Freshwater pests, including didymo, can be spread by a single drop of water or plant fragment. Protect our waterways always CHECK, CLEAN, DRY any equipment, CLEAN including footwear, that comes into contact with the water before entering, and when moving between, waterways. DRY For more information see (then search on Check Clean Dry'). Te Kuiti WHAT DO I DO NEXT? GETTING THERE. Start off at greatwalks. Traditional entry or exit points for the for more WHANGANUI JOURNEY are from SH4 at: information. Taumarunui . Ohinepane (access from Taumarunui). Taumarunui Book your canoes, huts Whakahoro (access from Ohinepane and campsites online at Raurimu or Owhango) Waitara Turan NEW PLYMOUTH WHANGANUI Owhango Pipiriki (access Lepperton JOURNEY .)