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Whitewater Rafting

Southern White Water offers whitewater rafting trips on a wide selection of rivers around the South Island giving you access to some pristine environments that only a few get to experience.  If you’ve never experienced a rafting trip, relax, you are like many of our guests. Southern White Water makes it easy to have an unforgettable adventure whether this is your first time rafting or you’re a veteran river runner.

Many of our guests are experiencing a whitewater rafting trip for the first time and will ask if prior experience is needed, the simple answer is no. All our rivers cater for those of you with no previous experience who are looking for adventure or just wish to get away from the hustle and bustle and have some fun.

Whitewater Rafting
Southern White Water offers whitewater rafting trips on a wide selection of rivers around the South Island giving you access to some pristine environments that only a few get to experience.  If you’ve never experienced a rafting trip, relax, you are like many of our guests. Southern White Water makes it easy to have an unforgettable adventure whether this is your first time rafting or you’re a veteran river runner.
Many of our guests are experiencing a whitewater rafting trip for the first time and will ask if prior experience is needed, the simple answer is no. All our rivers cater for those of you with no previous experience who are looking for adventure or just wish to get away from the hustle and bustle and have some fun.

Rafting Day trips

Grades 1-3

From $110 per person

We can design a trip to suit most ages, experience levels and thrill seekers

Southern white water runs day trips from our base in Christchurch. Travelling to the Lake Sumner Forest Park to one of Canterbury’s most iconic rivers, The Hurunui river.  

Flowing out of lake Sumner through an isolated subalpine valley. The Hurunui is around a 1.5 hour drive north of Christchurch via Waikari.

The put in site at Jollie-brook has an easy access for vehicles and also has toilets available. The start of the trip is consistent grade 1-2 until you reach “Maori Gulley”. The entrance to Maori Gully is obvious and there is a river access point on the upstream side at Seaward river which also has a toilet. The river takes its overall class III grade from Maori Gully.

Maori Gully owes its name to the people who once used the area as a route to the West Coast pounamu (greenstone) fields. From Kaiapoi they would travel through the Lake Sumner area, across the main divide and down the Taramakau River to the Arahura. They built flax and wood ladders to get into the side gullies entering the Hurunui gorge. The name Maori Gully was given to one of the bigger side gullies, but has since become the name for the whole gorge.

The road was built in the 1800’s and gave access to up to 800 people per month heading for the west coast.

Corporate Functions

Team Building

Stag & Hen parties

Fishing day trips

Group discounts

Family friendly

Upper Hurunui river

Grade 1-2

This raft trip is around 1.5 hours of fun white water for the kids. The river runs alongside the lake Sumner road with plenty of photo opportunities for those who wish to stay on dry land. Follow the raft trip and meet us at our lunch spot before we embark on the last stretch of river.  

The perfect trip for you and your family.

Ages 5 and over

Minimum number 3 people.

  • Adults………………….. $145 per person
  • Children under 16 years………………. $125 per person
  • Under 12 years……………….. $110 per person

 Adventurous

“Maori Gulley”

Grade 2-3+

This trip involves good fun grade 3 river rafting where you will spend around 2.5-3 hours on the water getting bounced around and wet followed by lunch and refreshments upon completion of the trip. You will raft through a historic area of the Hurunui river that is only accessible by raft. Tackle the rapids of “Maori Gully”, “The Cattle Stop rapid” and the “Hawarden Gap” followed by scenic gorges, towering cliffs and waterfalls.

This trip is a perfect day out with for work functions, mates, or a fun family outing.

Ages 11 and over.

Minimum number 3 people.

  • Uncatered……………………………..$155 per person
    Catered…………………………………$175 per person

How does the day trip work?

 

We will supply transport from Christchurch, to the river and back.

Meeting at our base at 8-8.30am where we will gear everyone up with correct fitting equipment, then to depart at 9am.

There are various toilet stops along the way if required.

Driving 1.5 hours to the river start point, you will be given a trip safety briefing that will include how and where you can sit on the rafts, how to hold on, and safety precautions while on the river.rafting for around 2.5 – 3.5 hours and finish with a late lunch around 2-3pm. Departing the river at 3.30pm to be back in town around 5pm.

All you need to bring is something to wear under the wetsuits (thermal/merino is recommended) although we do supply fleece to keep you warm.

We recommend you bring some light snacks for before the trip.

If anyone has any medical conditions/allergies etc, we do need to know this before the trip commences.

Also any medications required will need to be on board which we can store in our waterproof first-aid kit.

We require a 20% deposit to confirm bookings.