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Waikato River Journey

City-to-sea river journey

Four days, over 143km of uninterrupted waterway exploration.


Paddling on the Waikato River Journey

SNM helps protect the river as we see ourselves as guardians of the river on behalf of all stakeholders, bringing attention to look after our taonga, the Waikato River.

The Waikato river is rich in cultural heritage, so by activating this river in these ways, we help the health of the river as well.

Many users of, through, on, alongside or in the Waikato river get to gain another angle of this flowing force. As a paddling journey, we use Stand up Paddle boards  and sea kayaks to and navigate our way along the river. It is an educational journey, educating people about the history of the 425km river, and invigorating their engagement with the land and each other.

Along sections of the river, we visit marae and hear from people of each river iwi, to find out how we connect with them and how they connected to the river. Paddlers also learn about the impact hydroelectric schemes on rivers and communities.


Waikato River Journey Experiences

Row the ‘Mighty Waikato’; New Zealand’s longest river,

Travel the same waterways that started New Zealand’s first “navy”,

See remains of steel-plated battle barges used during the New Zealand wars,

Get high physical results with low-impact exercise,

Join us on a trip that less than 1% of the population has experienced,

Learn about the Waikato wars and visit a Pa that 20,000 daily drivers pass by without noticing,

Find out why rowing was one of the original Olympic sports.


“If you could get all the people in the organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.”
Patrick Lencioni



One staff


Activity specific items:

  • Kayak / SuP board
  • Paddle
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

Staff carry:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Hot thermos
  • Knife and saw
  • Whistle
  • Emergency shelter
  • Repair kit
  • Split / spare paddle
  • Pump
  • Paddle float
  • Throw bag
  • Tow line





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This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:


  • Thermal bottom leggings,
  • Underwear,
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper x1
  • Woolen jumper x1
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Jandals
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Head torch,
  • Toiletries.
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

Because we are staying overnight, should you choose not to be accommodated and fed by us, here is what you will need:


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Tent


  • Cooker
  • Fuel / gas
  • Lighter / matches
  • Pot / frying pan
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery

All of the above is available to rent / hire / buy

  • Pricing Name
    Group (Min-Max)
  • Pricing Name Price
    4 - 20 Pax
    Available Seats: 20

    Adult ( 4 - 20 Pax ) $1,499.00 $0.00 /Person

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    Child ( 4 - 20 Pax ) $1,249.00 $0.00 /Person

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