Waiau Raft 2 Day Adventure

The landscapes of the Canterbury High Country are simply breathtaking. Fun-filled Grade 2 and 3 rapids, stunning rocky gorges, towering mountains and a cozy cabin make this an awesome 2 day journey.

Cost: $600 per Adult, $510 per Child

Location: Upper Waiau River, near Hanmer Springs

Duration: 2 days

River Grade: 3

Pick-up: Hanmer Springs

Age suitability: 10 years +

Food supplied: 2 lunches, dinner, breakfast

Equipment: All rafting and camping equipment supplied

Camping with a slice of home. Rata [River Guide]

After meeting in Hanmer Springs to load into the four wheel drive vehicles we make our way towards the Lewis Pass. We drive through the lush Magdalen Valley, which is part of a working high country station. It takes around two hours to reach the Waiau-uha River.

After lunch beside the Waiau-uha it’s time to get ready to raft. We get into our river gear and listen to a comprehensive safety briefing before setting off on our adventure downstream.

During the first day we will raft through a variety of spectacular landscapes, beginning with entertaining rapids that flow through a rugged East Coast gorge. Before we reach the cabin for the evening the river opens up into a wide valley with an amazing backdrop of towering mountains.

Our cute cabin sits above the gorge with stunning views of the valley that we have travelled during the day.

The second day sees us raft a beautiful gorge that has it all; steep rocky walls, tall waterfalls, pockets of green bush and exciting Grade 3 rapids. We are normally back in Hanmer Springs by mid afternoon so there is plenty of time to drive back to Christchurch or to the West Coast.

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