Our grade 5, white water rafting trip is often recognised as one of the best half day trips in the world (recently voted in the top 8 trips in the world by Red Bull)! With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about. The trip starts and finishes at River Valley Lodge.
Our grade 5, white water rafting trip is often recognised as one of the best half day trips in the world! It was recently voted in the top 8 white water trips in the world by Red Bull. With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about. This is a very active trip and you will need to work as part of a team to navigate your way through steep drops, chutes and major rapids in the grade 5 gorge. The trip starts off with some mellow grade 1-3 rapids, which are great practice for what lies ahead. Throughout the trip you will see some amazing New Zealand scenery along the way. And the trip finishes back at River Valley Lodge, for hot showers! You can also choose to add on meals or accommodation at the lodge after your trip.
All Rafting Equipment - Wetsuit, Helmet, Boots, Thermals, Lifejacket
River Valley Lodge
266 Mangahoata Road
If you are traveling South, turn left at the River Valley signpost, 18km after Waiouru.
If you are traveling North, use the Gretna Hotel in Taihape as your starting point, with the Gretna Hotel on your left. The 32km drive will last around 35 minutes after taking you through some of New Zealand’s finest and most picturesque hill country. Please follow the regular signs to River Valley.
After turning off State Highway 1, you will cross two bridges coming from Waiouru, and three bridges coming from Taihape.
The last 1.5 km’s are gravel and take you to the Lodge at the end of Mangahoata Road.
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.
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