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About us

Southern White Water is 100% Kiwi owned and operated White Water Rafting, Hunting & Fishing Tour Company. We have put considerable effort and investment into the safety planning and procedures of our operation. Southern White Water, New Zealand has a focus on safe and sustainable activities for the enjoyment of all. We wish to promote our superb wilderness areas and all they have to offer, whilst keeping the focus on respecting the environment that is giving us this wonderful experience.

About us
Southern White Water is 100% Kiwi owned and operated White Water Rafting, Hunting & Fishing Tour Company. We have put considerable effort and investment into the safety planning and procedures of our operation. Southern White Water, New Zealand has a focus on safe and sustainable activities for the enjoyment of all. We wish to promote our superb wilderness areas and all they have to offer, whilst keeping the focus on respecting the environment that is giving us this wonderful experience.

South Island Adventure Tours

 

We have specifically chosen our rivers and areas of operation to allow a variety of options for our clients to choose from and allow customisable adventures. So whether you wish to rough it kiwi style (safely) or do it comfortably, we will endeavour to meet your needs and expectations sharing our knowledge and experience with you.

Southern White Water offers adventure, excitement and awe-inspiring southern locations and scenery. Southern White Water offers whitewater rafting trips on multiple rivers around the South Island giving you access to some pristine environments where hunting and fishing options are available. Should hunting and fishing not be your thing, all of our South Island rivers cater for those of you who just wish to get away from the hustle and bustle and just relax riverside with a good book and a glass of wine.

Our unique camping equipment has taken the world by storm and is designed for comfort, ease of use and is better for the environment by reducing its footprint at all of our campsites. We will design a unique adventure customised to your needs. You will be delighted when you join us on one of our remote rafting adventures. We know you will be amazed.

Our Company

Southern White Water is a relatively new tourism company launching in October 2015.  After years of planning and consultation, we are proud to be up and running and sharing the experience with you.

Southern White Water is a member of the New Zealand Rivers Association and a Department of Conservation concessionaire, which means that our operation has been assessed on the environmental impacts of our activities. Our operation has been certified to have little to no impact on the environments that we operate in.

The unique environment that we as kiwis have on our doorstep is a major draw card to adventurers worldwide. We at Southern White Water take pride in sharing these finer pleasures and wilderness experiences with adventurers and anyone who is looking for a unique NZ adventure.

Our take on the outdoor experience is that it should be both fun and informative as we wish to promote the natural resources we have and also the positive management of these resources so they will be here to be shared for generations to come.

Maritime NZ Audited

Southern White Water has been audited by Maritime NZ (The Governing body of rafting operations NZ). Maritime NZ has assessed our safety protocols and procedures, emergency management plans, equipment and overall how we will endeavour to manage safety within the operation, to which we received a very good report.

It is a requirement for our business to be audited annually to help keep up the good work and maintain a safe ship.  This also allows for us to keep up with trends and new and improved techniques and technologies. (Some of which we are leaders in at the present).

History

Vincent Pollett (The director of Southern White Water) has been rafting for almost 2 decades and has been hunting and fishing for even longer. Having worked overseas as a rafting guide, Scuba diving instructor, and tertiary education provider in adventure tourism, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the adventure tourism industry.

New Zealand’s backcountry along with fishing and hunting has long been a passion within the family and from the skills and experience we have gathered over the past 30 years, we have come to the conclusion that the best memories are often enhanced by the experiences we share.

Shell and Darrell Haworth have long been on the scene, together we have spent decades hunting, fishing and enjoying NZ back country.

These guys are an integral part of our operation as off river support, drivers, caterers and trip planners, helping out with most trips.

Shell volunteers as an ambulance officer so is very handy to have on the scene.

Darrell is an aspiring photographer and many of his photos feature and will continue to feature on this site and within our business.

We are very blessed to have these passionate people involved in our business.

New Zealand’s unique environment and all it has to offer has given us the drive and motivation to pass on our passion for the outdoors.

When you choose to join us on one of our many adventures, you will be a part of the team. We guarantee you will have a “sweet as” adventure whilst enjoying the natural beauty and awesomeness that only the NZ backcountry has to offer.