Grade 5 White
Water Rafting NZ

Taihape, New Zealand – Great location - show map

Duration: Half Day


per person, Minimum age 13 years

Summer Season:

Trips depart twice daily from 1st October to 30th April at 8.15am and 12.30pm.

Winter Season:

Trips depart once per day from 1st May to 30th September at 8.30am.

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 Bull!). With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about.


In New Zealand there are many opportunities to join a river rafting trip, and often the trip that is taken is whatever happens to be closest. But have you asked what it is that you really want from a white water rafting trip?

What if what you are really looking for is plenty of rapids?
Lots of drops, steep chutes, rapids that are challenging,
rapids where you have to work as part of the team.

Rapids with Consequences.

How would you know what to look for?

Experience the world class, white water rafting trip on the Rangitikei River

Half Day, Grade 5 White Water Rafting

What we provide:

  • Wetsuit
  • Helmet
  • Lifejacket
  • Neoprene booties
  • Fleece top
  • Paddle jacket
  • On cooler days, neoprene gloves and neoprene socks

What to bring:

  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • A thirst for adventure!
  • We do allow guests to bring GoPro’s on this trip, however we do not encourage this as they do tend to get lost – it is at your own risk.

The Rangitikei River – Grade 5 Section Map

Use the controls to check out this beautiful section of the Rangitikei River, the Grade 5 section – steep, technical and fun. Click on each rapid to more see photos of what lies ahead.

What people say

Grade 5 Rafting, Rangitikei River, New Zealand

Grade 5 White Water Rafting

“My biggest obstacle in doing a Grade 5 rafting trip with River Valley was a previous negative kayaking experience. As it turned out, if I had had the cash and time I would have done a second trip the next morning!

Having now done the trip, I find that I have developed a craving… Read More

Neil Duxbury

United Kingdom
Oct 4, 2020

Have any questions?

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