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, 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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    Float n’ 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

    White Water Rafting at River Valley Lodge

    Grade 5 White Water Rafting New Zealand

    This is a world class, half-day white water rafting trip on the Rangitikei River. With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about.

    Duration: Half Day

    Season: All Year Round

    Float My Boat Accommodation Package

    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 Rangitikei River downstream from the Lodge is perfect for all ages.

    Duration: Full Day

    Season: Duration: 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 the river – what could be better?

    Duration: Full Day

    Season: Duration: 1st October to 30th April

    River Rafting Trips at River Valley Lodge

    Inflatable Kayaking – Grade 5 Rapids Half Day

    It is summer time. Days are hot, the water is warm, and just the time to go white water rafting. Right? Now is the opportunity to try your hand at Inflatable Kayaking. A fun option for playing on the river

    Duration: Half Day

    Season: January to March depending on river levels

Multi-day rafting trips

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    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 the stunning backdrop of our scenic section all in one epic trip.

    Duration: 3 Days

    Season: 1st November to 31st March

    Fantail Canyon overnight rafting trip

    Bring the whole family, (or just your mates!) on a fully catered, fun, adventurous overnight river trip.

    Duration: 2 Days

    Season: 1st November to 31st March

    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

    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 Oct to 4th Dec (water levels permitting)

    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 riverside lodges.

    Duration: 2 Days

    Season: 1st September 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 night stay at Rathmoy Lodge.

    Duration: 5 Days And 6 Nights

    Season: 1st November to 31st March

    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 rafting dreams.

    Duration: 4 day/ 5 nights

    Season: 1st November to 31st March

Other River Trips

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    International River Rafting Trips

    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

    Float n’ 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

    Dory Trips on the Whanganui

    Travel the iconic Whanganui Journey in a specialty wooden river dory. These beautiful boats carry you comfortably down the Whanganui River and through the National Park. This is a unique way in which to experience New Zealand’s most popular river trip.

    Duration: 4, 5 or 6 day trips

    Season: 11th October to 31st March

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.
thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666 / +64 6 38 8144