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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

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.  

Grades 1-3

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

Upper Hurunui river – Grade 1-2

This raft trip is around 1.5 hours of fun 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…………………………………….$135 per person
Kids under 12………………………..$110 per person

“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……………………………..$145 per person
Catered…………………………………$165 per person

Helicopter rafting-fishing-hunting

What better way to access the untouched remote NZ backcountry than with a scenic flight over majestic landscapes giving you a bird’s eye view of the valleys below. We will fly into the headwaters of the river with everything we need for our adventure. We have multiple rivers to choose from for your heli-rafting adventures.

As the helicopter departs and the sweet smell of aviation fuel dissipates we are left to gear up and drift our way back to civilisation stopping along the way to camp out and enjoy the ever changing landscapes around us. We can plan a helicopter rafting adventure to suit your requirements.

Helicopter fishing day and multi-day fishing trips are a great way to get off the beaten track and access often unfished stretches of the river.

Please enquire for further details.

Bike or Hike in raft out.

Southern White Water can design hike or bike in adventures where you will have your own adventure before joining us to start an amazing rafting adventure which will see us rafting through remote areas of New Zealand’s backcountry.

You hike or bike in to the raft trip start point. We can take care of your bikes and hiking gear and transport it to the trip end point where our drivers will be waiting.

Luxury accommodations for before and after your trip can be arranged.

We can supply transport, detailed routes, and maps for your adventure.

From a single day rafting to multi-day adventures.

“The Old Ghost Road”

Hike or bike into the Mokihinui river via the famous “Old Ghost road”.

We will meet you and your party at the Mokihinui Forks Hut where we will transfer your gear and/or bikes to the purpose built helicopter bike sling, get you geared up and have a fun 4-5 hours of rafting grade 3-4 rapids back to the Rough n Tumble lodge where your gear will be waiting.

Hot showers and cold beer will also be awaiting nearby.

The rafting segment of this trip can be completed in a day or we can relax and complete it over 2-3 days, giving you time to unwind riverside while your guides prepare some awesome backcountry cuisine.

 “St James Cycle trail”

Hike or bike into the Waiau river via the Saint James cycle trail via the many routes available to meet at the river below the Mailing Pass.

We will meet you and your party at the river where we will transfer your gear and/or bikes to our vehicle, get you geared up and spend the next 3 days rafting grade 3-4 rapids.

On completion of the trip, we are a short drive back to Hanmer Springs where you can relax in the famous hot springs and unwind.

All trips are customisable to suit your schedule.

Enquire for trip dates and details.

Rafting Multi-day trips

Raft your way through conservation lands in the South Island of New Zealand. You will have the option to customise your trip and identify areas that you would like to explore, which we can then plan around. Our rafting trips are designed for groups who love the outdoors and have a taste for adventure.

What is a typical day on the river?

After meeting your guides 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. A typical day will include rafting for a few hours at a time, stopping for bathroom breaks, lunch and possible swimming opportunities. After a full day of learning the ins and outs of the river and tackling fun rapids, we arrive at camp. You will find your preferred campsite and then return to the rafts and unload our gear. Your help in passing the gear off the boat is greatly appreciated; however, if you have physical restrictions or limitations that would prohibit you from participating, we will take care of it.

In camp, the guides will give a demonstration on how to easily set up your hammock or tent and will be available to help you if you need additional assistance. Southern White Water provides hammocks to sleep in, camp chairs and waterproof gear bags for all guests. You’ll have no need to worry about bringing any of your own camping equipment unless you prefer to.

Please check the gear list for information on what to bring.

While you relax at the river’s edge, your guides will prepare a range of appetisers followed by a delicious dinner and unique desserts. At night, whether you choose to sleep in your hammock or under the canopy of stars, the fresh night air and the rhythm of the river will lull you to sleep. In the morning, your guides will prepare breakfast. You’ll have a chance to enjoy eating before returning to your campsite to take down your hammock and pack up your belongings in your dry bag. After bringing your bag down to the boats, we are off on another fun-filled day of adventure.