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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.

Rafting the Rangitata River – Grade 2-5

Come for a blast down the beautiful & mighty Rangitata Gorge! Offering rapids all the way up to exhilarating grade 4/5, right here in South Canterburys own backyard.


  • Costs: Adults: $240, Children: $150

Must be 13 or over to complete the grade 4/5 rapids and a competent swimmer/paddler.
If you don’t meet the above criteria or if you would rather not raft this part of the river, you can simply walk around it.

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General info

  • Ability: Suitable for anyone, but to raft the grade 4/5 rapids you must be 13 or over and a competent swimmer/paddler.
  • Departs from: 750 Rangitata gorge rd, peel forest 7990. See map
  • Operating Dates: September through to May, departures on demand for groups only.

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