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!
Bird of the Month
Grey Duck, Pārera
I’m running with the NZ native Grey Duck this month, not because its one you are likely to be seeing, quite the opposite. The Grey Duck is probably mostly mistaken for the Mallard, a bird that since its introduction has forced the native Grey out of many areas and hybridisation between the two has left the Grey population critically endangered.
The Pārera is a large darkish brown duck with a grey bill. The most notable differences between her and the Mallard is the khaki legs where the Mallard has brown ( excepting of course the very colourful Mallard drake when he’s sporting his breeding plumage) and the Grey ducks upper wing is brown with an iridescent green speculum with a trailing narrow white band.
There is a family living on the river between the campground and Awastone, now a mother and 4 chicks. I thought she was a boring old Grey Duck but have since learnt that a) shes more likely a Mallard X and b) Grey Ducks are no longer boring and I'll hunt her out to make sure just what she is.
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??