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- Grant South (Southy)

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Clarence River Rafting

North Canterbury Whitewater Rafting – Grade 2-3

The Clarence Rafting Trip is a journey from the mountains to the sea, following nature’s own highway, the Clarence River.

The Clarence River multi-day river rafting journey is just that; a four night, five day expedition that embraces a genuine feel for the rough, untouched country situated between Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura. The river is fun, without being intimidating to anyone shy of white water rafting, with broken, smaller rapids of Grades 2 and 3.

From put-in, near the thermal resort of Hanmer Springs, our team expertly guides you for the next 200+ kms, until you reach the take-out north of the seaside town, Kaikoura, renowned for its whale watching, seal colonies and mouth watering crayfish.

This is a truly classic multi-day rafting trip on one of the most picturesque Grade 2 and 3 rafting rivers in New Zealand.

Great trip on the Clarence,thanks southy! The crew were professional and competent,we had a great time.
The Clarence valley has numerous old and new slips,we had safe camp sites and did not feel threatened at any time during the trip.the landscape has been significantly altered by the quake,this added to the interest of the trip with the forces of nature well displayed.new rapids were assessed prior to rafting them ,this was achieved effortlessly .although the river grade is not high ,2-3 grade rapids ,it was fun and at times exciting.silt clouded the lower river make it difficult to fish, however deer ,pigs and goats were plentiful.
Overall,we had a lot of fun and felt the slight risk from rock fall in the post quake environment was managed professionally by a cool competent team.i would recommend it to any of your clients as a trip not to miss.

Kind regards, Peter Staub.


  • Five day trip: Adults: $1850, Children: $1450

General info

  • Ability: A reasonable standard of fitness and confidence in water is required: a minimum age may apply.
  • Accommodation & Getting There: We can arrange all your transport and accommodation requirements.
  • Departure Dates: Season from October to start of April.

Enjoy river rafting trips in New Zealand’s West Coast region with Hidden Valleys.