Rafting in New Zealand

From a quiet drift through the forested wilderness to a white-knuckled, wide-eyed journey down turbulent rapids, rafting covers the full adventure spectrum.
The mountains of New Zealand’s interior feed a myriad of fast flowing rivers that run through the forests to the sea. Grade 1 rivers offer relatively tranquil waters, while Grade 5 is regarded as an extreme sport. Trips ranging from a couple of hours to five days are led by qualified rafting guides who comply with established safety codes. All gear and special clothing is provided. Due to safety reasons, some operators may apply an age restriction.

Rafting rivers in the North Island are mostly found in the central east coast areas of the Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay. In the South Island, you’ll get the chance to try rafting around the resort town of Queenstown and on the West Coast.

Some operators offer a combined helicopter and rafting experience. You can also try black water rafting through underground caves. New Zealand offers it all!

On average a rafting trip may cost between NZ$90 and NZ$200 each (Prices may be change). Most rafting companies supply; thermals, wet suit, booties and woolen socks, gloves and thermal hat, spray jacket, helmet and a life jacket.


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