With a huge number of relatively short, fast-flowing rivers, New Zealand offers a range of white water experiences that can be safely enjoyed by almost all adult visitors. It is important that you check with us prior to booking as some operators place an age restriction on rafting for safety reasons.
With an abundance of rafting options New Zealand can satisfy all types of white water enthusiasts, from a day on a relatively sedate river to a few days on a rip roaring grade 5 river system. Grade 1 rivers offer fairly tranquil waters, while grade 5 is regarded as extreme adventure. All of Luxury Adventures rafting operators are led by qualified rafting guides and comply with established safety codes. All gear including life vests, helmets and wetsuits are provided. Rafting rivers in the North Island are mostly centred on the central East Coast areas of the Bay of Plenty (near Rotorua) and Hawke's Bay. In the South Island, the main areas are around the resort of Queenstown and on the West Coast.
For further information, read Luxury Adventures blog on white water and multi day rafting in New Zealand.
New Zealand Rafting Rivers:
Lower Rangitaiki Rafting - Grade 2: Enjoy spectacular scenery with cascading waterfalls tumbling into the river, beautiful forest views and sheer rock gorges clad in native bush.
Tongariro Rafting - Grade 3: Tackle Tongariro River’s 65 rapids for an exciting rafting experience that you'll remember for only the very best reasons!
Rangitaiki Rafting - Grade 3-4: Combine spectacular scenery and great rapids for an awesome whitewater rafting adventure. From the buzz of 'Geoff's Joy', a torrent of Whitewater, to stunning native and plantation forest, the Rangitaiki River has it all!
Rangitikei Rafting - Grade 4-5: White water rafting on the Rangitikei River on New Zealand's North Island is as good as New Zealand rafting gets.
Wairoa Rafting - Grade 5: Enjoy the thrill of one of New Zealand’s best Whitewater rafting trips on the Wairoa River in New Zealand's central North Island.
Kaituna Rafting - Grade 5: Experience the thrill of Whitewater rafting on the Kaituna River only 20 minutes from central Rotorua.
Rangitata Rafting - Grade 5: the Rangitata gorge maintains its grade 5 rapids even with low river levels. Not many other rivers can offer this.
Kawarau Rafting - Grade 3-5: The largest volume river rafted commercially in New Zealand, ideal for first-timers.
Shotover Rafting - Grade 3-4+: Experience the exhilarating adrenaline pumping rapids of this infamous river.