What is rafting?

If you love adventure and want to do something special for your next holiday/vacation, then perhaps a rafting trip would be a good idea. White water rafting or what is simply known as rafting is a popular outdoor activity which makes use of an inflatable raft to navigate a body of water. Rapids are classified based on the conditions of the water. These classifications indicate how intense and difficult rafting can be in the particular river. Like other outdoor sports, rafting can be a dangerous activity if precautions are not taken. That is why it is usually undertaken in groups under the supervision of an experienced guide.

What safety standards does Inland Adventures follow?

At Inland Adventures your safety is our number one priority by doing everything we can to minimise and manage risks within the river environment. Our company complies with all rules and regulations set by Maritime New Zealand and we are audited annually to monitor this. The New Zealand rafting industry is respected as a world leader in rafting safety and we are proud to uphold that. Our guides are qualified raft guides, holding New Zealand rafting association awards. Our guides are experienced, having spent many seasons rafting both in New Zealand and overseas. Guides also attend biannual white water rescue workshops to keep current with industry practice.

How environmental friendly is rafting?

At Inland Adventures the wilderness places we visit are our workplace. We have a huge respect for them. Inland Adventures hold a concession issued by the New Zealand Department of Conservation that allows us to take people into our local river environment. To operate on conservation land we are required to follow strict guidelines to conserve the pristine condition of the environment so people after us can enjoy these places just as we do.

Is rafting for me?

  • If you are the adventurous type, you will definitely enjoy rafting because of the adrenalin pumping action that the sport offers.
  • It's ideal for exploring virgin landscapes along river ways which are inaccessible by road making it a great getaway for nature lovers.
  • It is one of the more environment friendly adventure activities you can participate in as you are not depleting natural resources when you engage in this activity.
  • No experience is necessary.  Our river expeditions are well suited for first timers.
  • It's a great way to bond with friends and colleagues.
  • It's cheaper compared to many other extreme sports.

Do I need to have rafted before?

No. A comprehensive safety and paddle briefing is provided at the beginning of all rafting trips.

How do I book a trip?

Please fill out our inquiry form on our contact page. We will reply to your email address with a confirmation of your booking, payment terms and answer any questions that you may have.

Another option to make a booking is to give us a call.  If you are in New Zealand you can call the free phone number 0508 RAFTING(723846) or if you are overseas you can reach Nathan on +6421 2360578.

We will need to know:

  • Your contact information.
  • The rafting trip(s) you are interested in.
  • The number of people rafting in your group.
  • The date(s) that you would like to go rafting.

Do I need to book ahead?

For multi-day trips, you must book ahead. For day trips it is not essential but is recommended as there are a limited number of places on each trip.

What are your cancellation terms?

If Inland Adventures cancel a raft trip for any reason, i.e due to unsuitable river conditions, you will receive a 100% refund. We have a maximum number of places on each triip. There will be a 10% fee of the total trip fare for any cancellation outside 72 hours of departure. Within 72 hours of intended departure time there will be a 100% trip fee for cancellations or no shows.

What does the river section classification mean?

Grade 1: Flat moving water.

Grade 2: Small fun rapids. Suitable for family outings.

Grade 3: Medium sized rapids. Entertaining white water.

Grade 4: Large rapids. Gets the heart pumping.

Grade 5: Extreme white water, big drops. Not for the faint hearted.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes we do. However please let us know when booking your trip so we can plan for your needs in advance.