Be the commander of your own vessel. Experience the thrill and challenge of getting

yourself down the river in a whitewater kayak.

The Grade 2 rapids local to Mangaweka are a veritable playground for the Whitewater Kayak. No experience is necessary on our Papa Gorge Whitewater Kayak trip and our courses are the ideal introduction to the sport of River Kayaking. 

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PG Whitewater

Guided kayak tours

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Safety Courses & Certifications

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Kayak Courses

Learn to kayak

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Shuttles, Courses, Certification & more

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Papa Gorge Whitewater Kayak

No experience is necessary for the fun and enjoyment of our one hour kayaking adventure. We meet you at Awastone Riverside Café, where your guides provide you with quality gear and instruction before taking you out to tackle the numerous rapids, made easy on our specialist whitewater sit on top kayaks. 


Minimum age: 10 years.

Meeting times: 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

Included: Morning or afternoon tea, transport from the river back to Awastone, all kayaking equipment for your safety and comfort and of course our friendly guides to take you through your journey.

Price: $90 p/p Kids under 16 $75

Note: Kayaking trips are slightly more flow dependant than rafting trips. It is very rare for conditions to be unsuitable in the summer and autumn, Spring however is a different story. If the river is not suited to kayaking we offer you the chance of changing to rafts or cancel with a full refund.


Kayak Courses

Make Mangaweka's local runs of the Rangitikei River your classroom and learn the sport of river kayaking. The combination of access to NZ's best Grade 2 whitewater and the luxury of Awastone Accommodation, Hot Tub and Riverside cafe makes this the North Islands premier learn to kayak destination.

Our multisport courses are run on the very water that you are most likely to be training on in your build up to the Coast to Coast and other Adventure Races. 

Kick start your kayaking future with one of our Whitewater Kayak Courses, we teach you all you need to know to spread your wings and discover New Zealands River Playgrounds

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River Safety

Learn to play safe on the river

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Multisport Grade II

Certification, Clinics & More

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Full Day Intro to Whitewater 

A full day of river fun, introducing you to the skills and techniques of whitewater kayaking on the Grade 2 stretches of the Rangitikei River.


Meeting time: 9am

Included: All kayaking gear, transport to and from the river, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.  

Price: $395 p/p


Whitewater Weekend
2day Kayak Course

Make your next weekend getaway a little different and learn a new set of skills. Great for couples, families or if you are on your own find a course for you to join.


Two full days of kayak instruction and river play based at our beautiful riverside haven, Awastone.


Meeting time: 9am.


Included: All kayaking gear, transport to and from the river, all food from morning tea on Saturday to afternoon tea on Sunday.  Accommodation at Awastone.

Price: $720 p/p. Family group discounts available.