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“one night”(3 reviews)
Awastone is a riverside haven, where you can raft, kayak or camp. A 30 year old river adventure company, set along the stunning Rangitikei River and towering Papa Cliffs in the Lower North Island of New Zealand. The friendly guides host families on...more
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143 Ruahine Road, Mangaweka 4746, New Zealand
+64 6-382 5744
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Reviewed 3 days ago

awastone offers a variety of rafting experiences - we chose the 'day long' [4hrs] canyons tour. meeting at the awastone cafe, we were driven with the 'raft' - a substantial zodiak - 45 mins to the start point. safety lecture over, we boarded and braced...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lorna W
Reviewed 3 January 2019

We went on a half day raft down the river. Tricia organised for us to take a kayak so one person could paddle while the other two were in the raft. The rapids were gentle, but exciting enough for a small thrill for the beginner...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Zippydog
Reviewed 23 December 2018 via mobile

This was without a doubt our best experience on the North island. Beautiful spot by the river, very clean and good facilities, tasty and affordable food at the café, very nice owners and staff! We went for a family friendly rafting tour along the beautiful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jennyp816
Reviewed 20 December 2018

We have recently bought an old raft and wanted to gain some knowledge and skills before we head out ourselves to do some low grade rivers.We did a family raft whitewater training session at Awastone that seemed tailored just for us. Our family gained a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank familyrafters
Reviewed 13 December 2018

What a beautiful stop on our journey down the island and great hospitality by the staff! We wanted to try white water rafting but didnt have much time,also wanted to break up our long trip and this fitted perfectly into that plan. We were running...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Mangaweka, Manager at Awastone, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to share with others. Its great to hear you enjoy your time in Mangaweka. Hope to see you again..

Reviewed 11 July 2018

Mangaweka adventures shuttled ou car to allow us to run the Rangitikei river. Gave great safety and river advice

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank MartinR5920
Reviewed 8 July 2018

We had a great time kayaking down the river and it was great for both people that hadn't paddled before and people that had a little experience as you could pick and choose which rapids you wanted to commit too. The host's were lovely which...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GemmaM81632
Mangaweka, Manager at Awastone, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Many thanks for your review! So great to hear you and your friends enjoyed your time on the river and at Awastone. Looking forward to having you back again with a bigger crowd. Until then...Tricia

Reviewed 11 March 2018

don't miss this adventure! great people and guides. an amazing river surrounded by gorgeous papa cliffs.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Kristine B
Mangaweka, Manager at Awastone, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Many thanks for taking the time to review MAC. The river is amazing and the papa cliffs are stunning. Kind regards

Reviewed 7 February 2018

I rarely take the time to write reviews, but the Mangaweka Adventure Company deserves my time and yours. Whether you're traveling from abroad, or have been an islander your entire life, you must stop at these campgrounds at least once. Mangaweka, most famously known for...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank laevb
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

I booked the Category 5 rafting tour through Mangaweka. While the tour was great I suggest booking directly through River Valley to get the most streamlined communication. I would not have given such a poor review but I didn't receive anything close to an apology...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Quest743019
AwaStone1, Manager at Awastone, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

I am quite disappointed to get such a unfair review. I feel my communication with you was friendly and clear and that my communication with River Valley was also very clear, especially after you double booked both companies without telling us, then we corrected the...More

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