35 people found this article useful

7 Places to go White Water Rafting in New Zealand

Where to go white water rafting in New Zealand.

Due to its mountainous terrain, New Zealand offers some outstanding white water rivers. This is the most adventurous way to see the dramatic river gorges the country has to offer.

New Zealand, being the adrenaline-fuelled country that it is, obviously boasts some amazing white water rafting. What’s more, anyone can give rafting a go in New Zealand with the easy grade one rapids to the challenging grade fives. There are plenty of companies that can take backpackers and working holidaymakers on day trips that you will never forget in both the North Island and South Island. All of the rafting trips listed below have their own unique quirks and perks, from maximised fun including cliff jumps and surfing rapids to scenic full-day trips seeing the most spectacular scenery.

If adventure is what you’re looking for in New Zealand then don’t miss white water rafting!

Flying Kiwi

1. Tongariro River

An awesome introduction to white water rafting can be had on the lower Tongariro River – the grade 3 part of the river. Stunning gorges, fun rafting guides and a possibility of seeing the rare blue duck makes for an awesome trip down the Tongariro River. Adrenaline junkies can take trips to more extreme rapids in the upper gorge. Book your trip with Rafting New Zealand.

Location: Tongariro, North Island

Rafting New Zealand

2. Rangitikei River and Ngaruroro River

In a secluded location in the North Island, River Valley Lodge specialises in rafting the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro rivers. The grade 4 and 5 option gives you more time to take in the scenery in between being splashed in the face and surfing rapids.

Location: River Valley, North Island

BackpackerGuide.NZ

3. Shotover River

Queenstown  Rafting takes you to Skippers Canyon for some grade 3 to 5 rafting. Getting to the launch point is an adventure in itself by taking the gnarly Skippers Road. A highlight is being plunged into darkness in the Oxenbridge Tunnel, as well as many insane grade 3-5 rapids.

Location: Queenstown, South Island

BackpackerGuide.NZ

4. Wairoa River

For the adrenaline junkie, this trip with Rafting New Zealand takes you on 2 grade 5 rivers. Plunge down one waterfall… and another… and then another! This trip only operates on Sundays.

Location: Tauranga, North Island

Rafting New Zealand

5. Rangitata Gorge

Choose from grade 1 to 5 on the raging Rangitata River in the Canterbury region. Rangitata Rafts guarantees grade 5 rapids everyday from October to May. The package also includes a food before and after your trip.

Location: Canterbury, South Island

BackpackerGuide.NZ

6. The Mohaka River

Somewhere between Napier and Taupo on the Thermal Explorer Highway is the Mohaka River with deep gorges and challenging rapids. Offering different full-day adventures, Mohaka Rafting takes you on river journeys through fossilised canyons and often the chance to spot some wildlife along the way. Mohaka Rafting opens for spring, summer and autumn.

Location: Hawke’s Bay, North Island

BackpackerGuide.NZ

7. Kaituna River

This river in Rotorua has the highest commercially rafted waterfall in New Zealand so expect a fast heart-thumping ride. Would you raft down a 7m waterfall?!

Location: Rotorua, North Island

Tourism NZ

More like white water rafting in New Zealand

For more river action check out these:

Nomads Hostels
Was this article useful? Useful Useless
Help other travellers, share this article now:
Pin
New Zealand's Biggest Gap Year on YouTube

Most Popular Videos

Video Thumbnail
Video Thumbnail
Video Thumbnail
Tourism NZ Julian Apse
New Zealand Weather

New Zealand Weather in June

What is the Weather like in June in New Zealand? Planning a [...]

Tourism NZ
New Zealand Month-by-Month

New Zealand in January

What is it like to Travel New Zealand in January? Travelling to [...]

HiFX - Money Transfer
Hot on Backpacker Guide
Environment

5 Ways to Save a Kiwi Bird

You can help protect kiwi too! Not only are kiwi birds unique […]

Eating Out
Backpackerguide.nz

10 Super Cheap Backpacker Food Deals in New Zealand

Where to find cheap food deals in New Zealand. Let’s be honest, […]

Buying a Car/Campervan
Pixabay

Buying a Car in New Zealand Step 2: Test Drive

You’ve looked at it, now it is time to try it! You […]

We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
I accept

Menu