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The Rangitikei River provides safe and fun river adventures for  families, couples getaways, social club activities, conferences and kayak courses and services.

Raft, Kayak or Multiday Journeys... from one hour to four days, Awastone offers them all in easy packages
for all ages.



Set beside the Rangitikei River, ideally located halfway between Rotorua and Wellington, one hour from the Tongariro Crossing, Palmerston North and Whanganui. 

Mangaweka is the perfect destination with campervans, family camping holidays or cabin accommodation for corporate retreats or weekend getaways.


Awastone - a riverside haven! The Awastone Licensed cafe is set amongst beautiful gardens overlooking the Rangitikei River.

Make Awastone your next destination for a corporate event or a social gathering. Keep an eye out for our

live music sessions and special events!

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Awastone, originally Rangitikei River Adventures (1981) and then Mangaweka Adventure Co (2002), is a river adventure company operated by the Eames family for over 35 years around the small quaint village of Mangaweka, New Zealand.
Your hosts Paul, Tricia, Jack and Kelsey Eames have expanded the family business to include a licensed cafe, two riverside campgrounds and cabin accommodation to create a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome to come and get refreshed.

Mangaweka is the gateway to the middle gorges of the Rangitikei River, the best for family adventures and whitewater kayaking. Awastone is an idyllic base for all adventures or courses as well as a favourite for family reunions and social gatherings, the varied camping options and sitting at the relaxed riverside licensed cafe, open throughout the summer, where you can watch the river fun from the patio.


The Rangitikei River runs from high up on the central plateau, through the North Island High Country and out to the Tasman sea. It has cut spectacular gorges on its path, cliffs up to 200 metres high provide dramatic backdrops to a wide range of rapids and pools. Most of these rapids are Grade 2, ideal for family rafting adventures and an excellent learning ground for Whitewater Kayaking. The Rangitikei River also features a section of Grade 5 Whitewater, the best half day or two day whitewater trip in the world!

You don't have to play on the river to enjoy Awastone... but why wouldn't you??

Bird of the Month


The noisy and boisterous Tui is loving the garden at this time of year, with that sugar coming on especially in the Harekeke down here at Awastone. A beautiful bird with a striking blue green sheen and of course its distinctive tuft of feather at the throat, the feature that earned it the name Parson Bird by the european settlers.

Its amazing song, loaded with tuneful notes coughs and grunts is almost as noisy as its noisy flight as it whips across the lawn.

The Tui population revels in the effect of a good pest control programme with rats oppossum cats and stoats being their main predators.

TūiBird of the Month
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"Hands on owners makes a huge difference. Property well kept, clean, neat and tidy. Hot showers were very welcome. Loved the birds calling in the morning. Highly recommend. Thanks for a great stay!"


"What a nice spot on the Rangitikei river surrounded by cliffs. Large area to choose to park with good facilities"


"Tranquil Setting with

Activities Galore!

 Even though we were guests passing through we instantly felt like family. Awastone will forever be on our top 10 favourite places to visit."



Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly staff today. // 06 382 5744

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