River Rafting in New Zealand

White water rafting on the Rangitata River Photo taken by: Michael Bluestone (Flying Kiwi Traveller)

River Rafting in New Zealand

White water rafting in New Zealand is certainly a great way to get an adrenalin rush.  It also allows you access to view spectacular and remote parts of the country many others never get the opportunity to see. There are a number of options to raft on the Flying Kiwi trips but some of our favourites are Rangitata (near Christchurch), Queenstown and Rotorua.

Every rafting experience is very different from the next.  Different companies offer different packages so it is worth checking them out. Even the same river can change with fluctuating water flows.  Rivers are graded from 1 - 6 in the degree of difficulty.  Grade 1 being flat while grade 6 is commercially unraftable.  Therefore if you are after the ultimate, most exciting rafting experience, you need to look at trips which include grade 5 rapids.

Most river trips are suitable for first timers but it does require a reasonable standard of fitness.  All rafting companies are now audited annually by the Maritime Safety Authority to ensure safety systems are in place.

Remember, rafting is quite a social activity where individuals come together to be part of a team and conquer the rapids as one.  I bet by the end of the trip you will know something new about the people in your raft than what you did at the start.

Costs from $155