All Rafting Trips

From Half-Day White Water Rafting To 5-Day Multi-Day Rafting Trips
Discover the magic and beauty of the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers on one of our world class River Rafting trips.
Here at River Valley, exploring rivers is a passion. Since 1982 that passion has found expression taking people down rivers in rafts. That passion has now been passed through three generations, with two of those generations still actively guiding.

We raft regularly on two North Island New Zealand rivers, the Rangitikei – our home river – and the Ngaruroro, just over the range in Hawkes Bay. Between these two rivers we can offer you a variety of trips.

We offer a world-class half-day white water rafting trip with 10 major rapids, as well as plenty of smaller ones, over 11km. Often deemed one of the best half day white water trips in the world (recently deemed one of the top rafting trips on the planet by Red Bull) , and certainly one of the best in New Zealand. Or if you’d like something a little more relaxing we offer scenic adventures, suitable for the whole family where you will be able to soak up the stunning scenery. Or, for the ultimate river adventure, we also offer multi-day wilderness trips on both the headwaters of the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers.

Whether you’re looking for a short action-packed trip or something more relaxing and discovery focused, River Valley Rafting can provide an unforgettable experience.

Not sure which trip is right for you? Or have more questions about rafting? Check out this helpful blog post on white water rafting and the answers to some commonly asked questions.

Check out our full range of rafting adventures available below:

Half And Full Day Rafting Trips

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Grade 5 White Water Rafting NZ

This is a world class, half-day white water rafting trip on the Rangitikei River (recently voted in the top 8 rafting trips in the world by Red B...

Duration: Half Day

Season: All Year Round

The Awesome Scenic Rafting Adventure

With over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, a side hike to a spectacular waterfall (weather dependent) and a riverside lunch, the 13 km section of the Ra...

Duration: Full Day

Season: 1st October to 30th April

Inflatable Kayaking – Fun Family Day Trip

A family rafting adventure on the Scenic section downstream from River Valley Lodge sounds just the ticket. A heap of fun, side hike, lunch on th...

Duration: Full Day

Season: 1st October to 30th April

Grade 5 Inflatable Kayaking – Rocks & Rapids

Now is the opportunity to try your hand at Inflatable Kayaking. A fun option for playing on the river. Season: January to March depending on riv...

Duration: Half Day

Season: January to March depending on river levels

Float & Fly Fish

Let us take you to places on the Rangitikei River that hardly anyone manages to reach. We do this by raft. This is a Day Raft/Fishing Trip...

Duration: Full Day

Season: 1st October to 30th April

Multi-Day Rafting Trips

Taihape, New Zealand – Great location

The Rangitikei Headwaters Expedition

Have you done a few rafting trips and experienced everything that short duration rafting can offer you? This 4-day trip will exceed your wildest ...

Duration: 4 day/ 5 nights

Season: 1st November to 31st March

Rangitikei River Explorer

Totally immerse yourself in nature – a six-night multi-day rafting and riverside camping holiday on the Rangitikei River, finishing with 1 nigh...

Duration: 5 Days And 6 Nights

Season: 1st November to 31st March

The Lodge to Lodge

Looking for a multi-day with a touch of luxury? Explore a beautiful section of the Rangitikei river without camping. Instead stay in 2 special ri...

Duration: 2 Days

Season: 1st November to 31st March

Mountains to Vineyard

An Overnight Rafting trip on the Ngaruroro River in Hawkes Bay. Wilderness scenery, riding rapids, sumptuous food, comfy riverside camping....

Duration: 2 Days

Season: 4th October to 4th December

Mokai Canyon Three Day River Trip

A 3 day river holiday, suitable for all the family. Tear the children away from the TV and head off for 3-days of riverside camping and rafting....

Duration: 3 Days

Season: 1st November to 31st March

The Epic Rangitikei

A 3-day adventure rafting trip, featuring the highlights of the Rangitikei river. Experience the thrill of the Grade 5 white water section and th...

Duration: 3 Days

Season: 1st November to 31st March

Other River Trips

Taihape, New Zealand – Great location

Dory Trips

Travel the iconic Whanganui Journey in a speciality wooden river dory. These beautiful boats carry you comfortably down the Whanganui River and t...

Duration: 4, 5 or 6 day trips

Season: 1st November to 31st March (Exception: No departures from the 20th December to the 5th January)

Float & Fly Fish

Let us take you to places on the Rangitikei River that hardly anyone manages to reach. We do this by raft. This is a Day Raft/Fishing Trip...

Duration: Full Day

Season: 1st October to 30th April

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.
thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666