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Rafting New Zealand: Testimonials

At Hidden Valleys, we’re passionate about what we do – adventure, exploring, fishing, rafting and hiking trips and tours in New Zealand’s beautiful South Island – and we love sharing it with other people. Here’s what other people think.

“Southy and his crew have taken me and my mates on a number of adventures. One of the highlights would have to be the Waiototo River with spectacular scenery and challenging but do-able water. Southy and his team are highly dependable, his organization is first class and the food superb”

“Our trip to New Zealand was magnificent. At the beginning of our planning stage, a friend highly recommended Grant South, (Southy) to guide us in New Zealand. Southy’s passion and love for showing people his native country were evident from the start. But Southy made it even better by designing a trip specifically geared to our personal interests and fitness levels. The highlights of our trip were the Peel Forest and Rangitata gorge area. Hiking and flying around Peel Forest, and kayaking and white-water rafting the Rangitata River, should be experienced at least once (or more) in a lifetime. Southy provided the ultimate adventure with a standard of excellence that surpassed any Guide experience that we had encountered before. Southy and his wife Sue made us feel like we were on a trip with trusted friends, doing what they, and we, love. We will return. Thank you Hidden Valleys!” Anna Sanford

“Hidden Valleys create fantastic adventures! Over the last few years we have been on annual adventures with Southy and his team, exploring the magnificent rivers of the South Island of New Zealand. The Hidden Valleys’ team have made these trips very special for us, our friends and our clients. Totally professional, safe, great company, good cooks always with a story or two and plenty of campsite laughter to offset the day’s adrenalin. We create a new adventure each year with Hidden Valleys and return from these trips inspired.” Peter Wardell, Branch Manager, Forsyth Barr Ltd

“We have journeyed on four rivers with Southy, the first being the five-day rafting trip on the Clarence River. Inspired by that trip we now book a date and ask Southy “where next?” Yes, it is an adventure, but at all times we feel safe: safe enough to put our trust in Southy and say “yes, we’re on” to the forthcoming rapids or bigger drop. One-day trips are exhiliarating. On multi-day trips, camping beside the river in some remote area is a dream come true. The tents up, the raft guides cooking our dinner, a glass of wine in the hand and campfire yarns…..! Southy’s experience and love of the outdoors to which he takes us all add up to memorable adventures.” Jandy Tipping

“In addition to Southy’s stories around the camp fire and the great food (generally containing game that Southy has shot and cured himself), Southy and his team at Hidden Valleys’ have a talent for organising a custom made trip at exactly the right sort of level for clients. His trips have more than enough excitement and adrenaline rushes and you get to thinking that Southy and the boys are part of your team until you realise that they are doing most of the hard work around the camp! Southy’s knowledge of the New Zealand outdoors, rivers and game is second to none, and his ability to organise an unforgettable adventure while at the same time keeping you safe is uncanny.” Bob Foster, Director, Arrow International Group Limited

Useful Rafting Links

The New Zealand Rafting Association

Mangaweka Adventure Company
Offering rafting & kayaking from 1 hour to 4 days. All of our trips are run on the Rangitikei River

Incept Whitewater Inflatable Rafts, Kayaks & Canoes Manufacturer
Incept Marine Ltd captures the spirit of adventure with their top quality inflatable rafts, kayaks and canoes manufactured in Taihape, New Zealand, enjoyed by whitewater and boating enthusiasts around the world.

The Four Peaks High Country Track
A unique walking tramping, hiking experience, is situated on our working high country sheep station 15 kilometres west of Geraldine, and 2 hours south of Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand.