Kids in the Backcountry
In New Zealand, it is the native forest, which once covered most of the land. Dense and dark, it was alive with birds, insects and lizards, but sometimes impenetrable to humans. Much was burnt and cleared. Today, we value the surviving stands for their beauty, and as a habitat for unique species, and a resource for us and our children.
A number of recent international surveys indicate that fewer children are experiencing nature directly, with the majority of children playing indoors more often than out. The surveys highlight that many young people are ‘glued to the virtual world’ and are far removed from nature, lacking knowledge of biodiversity and awareness of its importance.
Studies conclude that further effort is needed to make nature more available to children, and to inform and empower a future generation of environmental champions.
Our backcountry adventures are about the experience and ensuring that our New Zealand destinations retain their natural character and cultural diversity for future generations to enjoy, starting with our children.
If you have chosen to join us to get away from it all and just take it easy, or immerse your children in the outdoor experience, teach the kids how to fish, build fires, or just learn something new that’s exactly what we will do.
WAIMAKARIRI DAY TRIP
JET-BOAT - RAFT- COMBO
The Waimakariri is one of Canterbury’s largest and favourite rivers.
The Waimakariri is a grade 1-2 river so is pretty mellow and perfect for the kids
Flowing from the glacial mountains of the Arthurs Pass National park to then enter the ocean just north of Christchurch after traveling 151 kilometers.
In Māori, Waimakariri has several meanings, one of which is “river of cold rushing water”
Our Waimakariri day trip starts with an exciting jet-boat ride up river, 360 spins, amazing gorges and spectacular scenery.
After we reach our chosen destination we leave the Jet-boat and hit dry land for lunch before we board the rafts for a leisurely float back down stream, giving you the opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery between the fun rapids that will have the kids fizzing.
We can customise this trip to suit your schedule and childrens needs.
JET-BOAT – RAFT- HALF DAY 8AM-2PM
Under 18 years $239
Kids under 12 years $195
JET-BOAT – RAFT FULL DAY 8AM – 5PM
Under 18 years $289
Under 12 years $199
FULL CATERING AVAILABLE ON ALL TRIPS
Talk to us about group discounts
HURUNUI DAY TRIP
LAKE SUMNER FOREST PARK
Grab the kids and join us for an adventure.
Your kids will love you for it.
Grade 1-2 rafting on the upper Hurunui river is a perfect introduction to rafting for the kids and is also a fun trip for the adults.
This section of river can be accessed by vehicles so other family members can watch the trip unfold and meet us at the lunch spot.
They can also be your personal photographer with plenty of spots to photograph the trip from dry land.
Our Family Float trip is ideal for kids over the age of 5.
After driving to the river we will raft for around 1-1.5 hours through fun grade 1-2 rapids stopping for lunch along the way.
UPPER HURUNUI DAY TRIP
5 – 10 years $99.00
10 – 13 years $109.00
JET-BOATS – RAFTS – CAMPFIRES – FISHING
What better way to get the kids out of the house than an overnight camping trip, where all you have to worry about is turning up.
We will take care of the rest.
This is an exciting and educational experience for the kids, especially first timers. It is also a pretty cool spot for the parents as well and is one of our favourite trips to run.
There are a few fun kid friendly rapids and plenty of spots to swim, but the scenery is definitely something else.
Following our Jet boat tour upstream we will disembark and get prepared for a more relaxing journey back downstream by raft.
We camp out riverside for the night and cook amazing food over the campfire. Theres a chance for a spot of fishing and exploring the Waimakariri gorge along the way as we drift back to civilisation.
Full transport and catering available
JET -BOAT – RAFT 2 DAY
Under 15 years $435
JET -BOAT – RAFT 3 DAY
Under 15 years $575