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Rangitata River

South Canterbury whitewater rafting day trips

The beautiful Rangitata River has much to offer, from exhilarating adventure to a more gentle scenic float down the river.

Mesopotamia Section – Grade 1

Best rafted in the morning over a two to three hour period, the river in this area is Grade 1, flat and braided. It is the perfect way to experience the seldom seen high country from a rarely seen perspective. In the summer months, fishing for trout and salmon is popular.

Gorge Section – Grade 2-5

This section of the river takes two to three hours. The trip starts with flat water ideal for the safety brief, practise and training. The rapids start at Grade 2 and slowly build up to the two main Grade 4/5 rapids and finish with great play rapids on the way to the take-out.

Lower Rangitata – Grade 2

There are several points along the river where it is suitable to start or finish, so we can put personalise a trip that best suits your needs and time schedule.

The river travels over an open riverbed with a few boulder garden rapids, and lots of waves.

Wherever you choose to start and finish your trip, you’re only a short drive away from the Peel Forest Camping Ground, store and café.


  • Mesopotamia Section: Adults: $120, Children: $80
  • Gorge section: Adults: $220, Children $160
  • Lower Rangitata: Adults: $120, Children: $80

General info

  • Ability: Suitable for anyone
  • Accommodation & Getting There: We can arrange all your transport and accommodation requirements.
  • Departure Dates: September through to May, departures on demand for groups only.

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