An enjoyable, not too physically demanding (grade II water) 3 hr trip, which did not require any previous canoeing or rafting experience, was ably guided by tour operator Shane. The inflatable Kanoes were very easy to paddle and very stable.
Our group of 12 (two per Kanoe) paddled on the Pelorus (or optional Wakamarina) river. The trip was a great fun way for our group to enjoy the 100% water visibility, listen to the bird songs and have history of the river’s environment explained to us as we were guided down the Pelorus. The pace of the trip allowed time to raft up and photograph the extremely scenic bush backdrop and bird life living along the river bank.
We did not see any trout in the river though Shane said he often did. For a group booking like ours the refreshments (nice home baking & fresh fruit) served on the river bank at the end of the trip was the perfect finish before we were vanned the short distance back to our starting point in Havelock. An interesting addition to the "canoeing" on this trip was viewing the spots on the river used in the movie The Hobbit, Pt 2 and hearing Shane’s contributions to the barrel scene.
This trip needs minimum of 2 persons, so single travelers if you can find yourself a partner you’ll both enjoy a neat adventure. Social group will find this trip is something special for a spot of team building and easy outdoor activity. Good value for money. Would like to try the Wakamarina next time, I'm sure it will be just as pretty.
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