Discover: Whanganui River four days in whanganui national park

New Zealand and Australia Spring Semester Group A

Welcome to the beautiful Whanganui River! On our four-day journey through the lush Whanganui National Park, we will live among one of the largest stretches of lowland forest remaining in North Island, New Zealand.

The Whanganui is New Zealand's third longest river system, whose swift and swirling currents are carried from Mount Tongariro and travel 290 km (180 mi) downstream. With over 200 whitewater rapids awaiting around every turn, excitement is just around the corner!

The Whanganui

"Te Awa Tupua"

Once the barrels and dry bags are loaded into the canoes, we are ready to embark!

As we arrive to our campsite, the barrels are unloaded, the boats are carried up on shore and we begin to make camp!

There's nothing like a hot meal with good friends after a long day on the river!

After dinner, we settle in for the night because the morning promises great adventures!

Our team leader studies the map for the upcoming day on the river.

The boats are packed, and we're off yet again!

Heavy rain drops bounce off the water's surface as we power through eight-hour days on the river. But our drive and spirit can't be ruined by a little bit of rain!

After another long day paddling through the rapids of the Whanganui, we arrive at camp!

And just when we think the rain will never end, the sun comes out to give us the perfect send off!

After four incredible and thrilling days covering over 87 km (54 mi) on the Whanganui, we head to the inviting Koriniti Marae to rest and experience Maori culture.

We introduce ourselves and give thanks to Gavin and Egypt for opening up the marae, a spiritual meeting house, to us. We complete our greeting with a Maori folk song.

Te aroha (Love)
Te whakapono (Hope)
Me Te rangimarie (Peace)
Tätou, tätou e (For Us All)

The Hongi: a traditional Maori greeting expressed by the rubbing or touching of noses.

KIA ORA

WHANGANUI RIVER!

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