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Ohakune to Wellington

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Ohakune to Wellington

We are a family who are canoing the Whanganui River. We are travelling from WEllington, then doing a mountain bike ride on the ld Coach Road, three day canoe trip, and have to be back in Wellington the next day at 3pm.

After the canoe trip we want to hit the road and stop somewhere. Where can you recommend which is scenic, worth visiting and along our route between Ohakune and Wellington. We are travelling by vehicle.

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1. Re: Ohakune to Wellington

To be honest, there aren't many scenic towns to stop in on that route. One option is to take SH4 down to Whanganui and stop there. Or perhaps the Kapiti Coast - Paraparaumu, Waikanae have nice beaches but are only 45-1hour north of Wellington.

The Whanganui River trip is great fun. Watch out for the big rapid on the last day - you're almost guaranteed to capsize unless the river is running high. Great fun.

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2. Re: Ohakune to Wellington

Thanks Weta. We really looking forward to it. Taking the grandparents as it has been on their bucket list. So got a 6 person kayak. Swimming fine with us:-)

Its going to be a bit colder when we go though.

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3. Re: Ohakune to Wellington

I haven't seen a 6 person kayak - is it a Canadian canoe? I'm curious now. Are you hiring the kayak or is it your own - can you post a link to the company if it's a hire one?

If it's a Canadian canoe, make sure the barrels are tied on tight!

There is a lovely campside about 90 minutes downstream of John Coull Hut. If you are tenting and still got plenty of energy, I recommend carrying on.

And some more tips - be the envy of fellow campers and take a stovetop espresso. The smell of fresh coffee brewing in the middle of nowhere is bliss. And cask wine may not be very sophisticated but a bladder of wine will keep cool at the bottom of the boat.

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4. Re: Ohakune to Wellington

Hi Weta.

The link is below. Yes a canadian canoe.

http://www.canoesafaris.co.nz/about

My folks are in their seventies and its a trip of three generations. We are a very active family and spend a lot of time in and on water. So this way we can all enjoy it. Also taking a couple of single canoes.

Thanks for your espresso/wine suggestions. After being in Vietnam we have developed a taste for Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk. And got our own drippers, so will put those in!

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5. Re: Ohakune to Wellington

Thanks Weta for your suggestions.

back from trip. .we stopped on Kapiti Coast on way up. Canoe trip was great, the 6 person canadian canoe was absolutely brillant. We didnt captise in our two person canoe on the big autapu rapid, but over 50% of the canoes we watched go through did. It was very entertaining.

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