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River Rafting Family Friendly Rangitikei River
Rafting with over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, the 13 km scenic section of the Rangitikei River
Rangitikei River, Family Friendly River Raftin Mid North Island New Zealand
River Rafting with Beautiful Scenery, only seen from the River, including Waterfalls and Native Bush
Scenic Rafting on the Rangitikei River North Island New Zealand

Full Day Scenic Rafting on the Rangitikei River, Family Friendly

With over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, amazing scenery and a riverside picnic lunch, the 13 km section of the Rangitikei River downstream from River Valley Lodge is perfect for all ages.


NZ$ 230.00

Per Person


  • Beautiful scenery, only seen from the river, including plenty of waterfalls and native bush

  • Stop along the way for a riverside picnic lunch

  • Take some inflatable kayaks, as well as rafts, for a more action packed trip

  • Start and finish at River Valley Lodge, for hot showers. Stay the night if you like!

  • Connect with nature, enjoy the sounds of the river and native birds as you drift along


Full Description

Families (and friends!) love the Scenic section of the Rangitikei River, downstream from River Valley Lodge.

Why Do They Love It?

Not only had they been looking for things to do with kids, but they had also been looking for somewhere for their family to have their first river rafting experience.


They wanted a rafting trip that was safe, scenic, interesting, and FUN!


With over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, the 13 km scenic section of the Rangitikei River downstream from River Valley Lodge was just what they were looking for.


Time for Inflatable Kayaks

We realise that with a variety of ages, not everybody wants to sit in the raft all day. This is the situation where we put on some inflatable kayaks. These stable, and easily maneouvered boats, are a heap of fun and will get young teens (and adults) smiling from ear to ear as they run some of the easy rapids.

A Stunning Canyon with a Picnic Lunch

On the way down, immense cliffs cradle the river canyon. It is in one of these sections that we stop and have a picnic lunch. From there it is a relaxing float out to the take out, followed by a scenic drive back to River Valley Lodge.


What is Included?

This is a full day, guided trip, starting at 9.30am and finishing up at approximately 3.30pm.  The price of the trip includes a picnic lunch on the river, and all rafting equipment (helmet, wetsuit, thermals, boots, life jacket).  All you need to bring is swimwear and a towel.


Who is the Trip Suitable For?

As the rapids on this trip are easy, grade 1-2, it is suitable for participants of all ages and fitness levels.  We can take children as young as 5 years.


This trip can also be run as a gentle float trip with oared rafts, especially suitable for older or less active participants.  Alternatively, we can run the trip in inflatable kayaks for those looking for a more active trip.  Please let us know if you have a preference.


Where Does The Trip Start and Finish?

The trip starts and finishes at River Valley Lodge, 32kms from Taihape.  The lodge has accommodation and a bar and restaurant.


All Rafting Equipment

Full Day Guided River Trip

Picnic Lunch

Meeting Point

River Valley Lodge

266 Mangahoata Road



Additional Information

Please note:
We need a minimum of 2 adult fares (or 1 adult, 2 children) to run this trip
We will not operate a trip if the river reaches an unsafe level
In the event that we cannot run a trip, due to adverse weather or not reaching minimum numbers, we will offer to reschedule or refund you.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 7 days before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.


NZ$ 230.00

Per Person

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