Kia Ora - Welcome
Pou Whenua at Tieke Marae

"Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au" - I am the river, the river is me

It is our privilege to have you experience our culture and river and you will find the two are one in the same.

Whanganui River Cultural Discovery

Awa Tours operate guided canoe trips on New Zealands spectacular Whanganui River providing a Maori Cultural and Environmental experience.

Based in Ohakune, central to the North Island districts of Ruapehu and Whanganui your journey takes 3 days traveling in our six-seater Canadian style canoes, along the most scenic middle reaches located within the Whanganui National Park and includes overnight stays on Marae (traditional Maori settlements) situated on the banks of the River.

Your Maori guides and hosts are all descendants of the area. They retain the knowledge and history of the river and as they share their stories, songs and customs, will enthrall you with their intense understanding, love and respect for the river and it’s surrounding environment.


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