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Whataroa River Heli-Rafting on the West Coast

of New Zealand

Grade 3-4

The Whataroa River is a stunning example of New Zealand’s West Coast Rivers. It is renowned for the quality of the water, not only in the form of the many rapids but also for its amazing colour. Glacier fed from the mountains of the Southern Alps, the water is a mixture between turquoise and a milky hue.

The Whataroa is Grade 3-4 and contains exciting, shorter rapids with three stunning gorges. The surroundings are astounding, with grand backdrops of untouched green terrain, snow-capped peaks and glaciers.

Every time we return from this trip, we carry a new a sense of achievement, inspiration and wonder. We also warn you, you may feel compelled to return!

A Journey On The Whataroa River With Hidden Valleys

Typically we meet in the Whataroa Township in the morning.

The first hour of this trip is easy Grade 2 and 3 rock garden rapids, requiring good team-work for maneuvering around the rocks.

Lunch is prepared at scenic spots by your guides, whose creative outdoor cuisine is sure to bring a smile and a full belly.

Soon after lunch The Perth River merges, from here large standing waves make a fun ride home, finishing off your Heli-Rafting journey around 4pm.


This trip is suitable for people with a reasonable standard of fitness who enjoy the outdoors and are confident in water.

Safety Practices

All trips are subject to weather and river conditions for safety reasons. Plane and helicopter flights are weather dependent and decisions for flying conditions are made on the day.

All guides are fully licensed professionals, chosen for their skill, knowledge and experience. The quality of your trip is guaranteed by the small group size and personal service provided by Hidden Valleys.

Prices and Options

Whataroa Heli in = $650

Whataroa and Perth = $1400 (discounted!)