Whanganui River Valley Discovery

Connect with the stories of the awa

The Whanganui River valley is steeped in history of people, geology and ecology.  This ride is the perfect way to get in touch with the highlights.

Tour includes transfer to Pipiriki and one night stay along the Whanganui River.

This is a perfect trip anytime, especially magic in Autumn and Winter when time to connect with the locals.

Your local guide will whisk you to the top of the Valley, so you can meander down discovering everything along the way.

Rich in history and culture, you will learn about the local Iwi (tribe), Te Awa Tupua – their River of Sacred Power and why the river was vitally important for transport, food and spiritual wellbeing for local Māori.  Hear stories of the early settlers and the paddle steamers that plied the river, deep into the interior of the Whanganui.

The final leg from Upokongaro can be navigated into the city either on the new dedicated cycle path that is part of Mountains to Sea.  Alternatively on selected days, board the Wairua to experience the past on one of the original paddle steamers.  Pick up your bike again and head for a fitting finale at Castlecliff (where there is a beach and cafe awaiting)

Tour inclusions

Pick up and drop off in Whanganui City or Ohakune

Stop along the way to discover:

  • The convent at Jerusalem/Hiruharama
    (with the stories of James K Baxter, Sister Mother Aubert and local Māori) 
  • Kāwana Flour Mill - the original river think big project
  • Morning tea at Matahiwi cafe and gallery (selected days in Summer season)
  • The unique hand dug tunnel culvert
  • Ride the trail 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 the unique geology borne from a millennia of uplifting changes
  • Discover the artistic and historical side of NZ's favourite little city (which is also home to some unique cycling history)
  • Spectacular views


    Daily departures (minimum 2 persons)
    Depart at 7.30am (pick up at your Whanganui accommodation)
    Option for Ohakune area pickups for this trip also


    Includes all transport (shuttle, guide, bike transport) to Pipiriki
    Luggage transfers
    Accommodation and meals (if required)

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    2 Days / 1 Night

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