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Discover the Awa to Jerusalem

Best of both worlds | The Mail Tour | Jetboat Ride

An ideal way to experience and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the lower reaches of the Whanganui River, Join Tracy on the Mail Run visiting key historic and spiritual sites combined with the thrill of a 1.5hr Jetboat ride after a morning tea, travelling 26km downstream, passing historical Moutoa Island, the scene of a famous battle in 1864. Absorbing the Wairua of the Whanganui River and the gorgeous Atene bush.

Ending with Whanganui Tours collecting you from the Whanganui Scenic Jet, and returning you back to accommodation in Whanganui.

This is a great tour for those who don't want a lot of walking but are looking forward to experiencing the magic of Whanganui River, its people, places and stories. 

Tour inclusions

Pick and up and drop off in Whanganui City

Along the way to discover:

  • See how the mail gets delivered in rural New Zealand, with all the connections that matter
  • Hear Stories of Whanau and what it was like for Tracey growing up on the Whanganui River
  • Koriniti Marae Visit
  • Kāwana Flour Mill - the original river think big project
  • The convent at Jerusalem/Hiruharama
    (with the stories of local Māori, Sister Mother Aubert & James K Baxter) 
  • Morning tea stop along the way
  • Jetboat Ride downstream from Jerusalem/Hiruharama
  • Moutoa Island / Atene Bush
  • Be inspired by the route the Mountains to Sea Cyclists and Te Araroa Walkers traverse
  • Glimpse inside the lives of our Rural hinterland, shaped by Centuries of Occupation along the river
  • See unique geology born from millennia of uplifting change
  • Spectacular views


    Monday - Friday departures (minimum 4 persons)
    Depart at 7.30am (pick up at your Whanganui accommodation)
    Return to Whanganui for arrival at 1.30pm
    Duration 6 hours


    Cost per person $230
    Includes Mail Run Tour, Jet boat and morning tea

    There is a short 10 minute walk to and from the Jetboat

    What do you need to bring

    • Camera
    • Drinking water
    • Sunscreen and sun hats
    • Warm jacket and rain jacket
    • Shoes suitable for walking