Kia Ora and Welcome
to the Whanganui River

Ko au te awa ko awa ko au
I am the river and the river is me

Ki Tai is a well groomed team of experienced, enthusiastic and passionate river guides bound by the rich heritage and culture of the place we call home.

A unique New Zealand Cultural Experience like no other

4 Day Premium Cultural River Tour

$1025 NZD per Adult
$795 NZD per Child

This is our most recommended tour. Starting from Whakahoro you’ll stay on marae each night and experience the best of māori culture as you paddle your way towards Pipiriki. (87.5 km)

3 Day Cultural River Tour

$795 NZD per Adult
$675 NZD per Child

This tour brings you 3 days of stunning scenery experienced through the eyes of the local māori and enough breathing space for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river.

1 Day Cultural River Tours

Starting from $75 NZD per Adult
$55 NZD per Child

If you want a relaxing paddle on gentle waters, to visit historical sites along the way or an adrenaline packed adventure, one of our 1 Day Tour options will be sure to suit you.

1 Day and 1 Night River and Marae Experience

$225 NZD per Adult
$155 NZD per Child

Join our team on a real marae, with the real locals and let us show you how māori uphold their traditions in today’s modern world. Minimum numbers apply.

Health and Safety Approved

Our operations have been audited and certified by QSI. Risks are managed effectively and efficiently and with minimum disruption. QSI specialises in the provision of safety and risk management services.


Don't take our word for it, hear what others are saying

“As a faculty leader of an international study abroad university programme, I interact with a lot of guide services and tourism operators from all over the world. Without question, Ki Tai has been among the very best we have worked with. Their professionalism, their deep connections with the environment, and their generosity in sharing their knowledge and passion with others makes Ki Tai more than just a guide service— they are exceptional cultural ambassadors and experiential educators. I would recommend them to anyone looking to go deeper than your typical tourist experience.”

Jay Roberts

Ph.D Associate Vice President, Earlham College, Indiana USA
"I have travelled the world and in all my sights I have never experienced something as remarkably beautiful as the Whanganui River. The richness of culture, the beauty of the surroundings and the aroha of the people is breath taking. An experience of a lifetime!"

Caleb Kingi

Creative Director @ Lamp Studios

Nic Welch

“The river trip was a blast. My students enjoyed it but I have to say, I enjoyed it more then them I think! We were made to feel safe, comfortable and well looked after. I was most impressed with the knowledge shared with the children and as an educator myself, thought the Ki Tai team kept us engaged in a way that made it understandable for all ages. I look forward to the next trip.”

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We endeavor to ensure all clients get the most unforgettable experience of a lifetime.