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- Grant South (Southy)

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Waiatoto River

West Coast Whitewater Rafting trip – Grade 2-4/5

The trip is made even more significant because access to the hanging basins, gushing waterfalls and the vertical valleys that you’ll experience is restricted by the Department of Conservation. Taking part in a Waiatoto River rafting trip is something very few people get to do and certainly one of the best ways to truly soak up the unspoiled magic and untouched world of this valley.

Deep in the heart of South Westland, removed from any sign of civilisation, life regains its perspective as you revel in the best that nature has to provide.

Access to the put-in point is by a combination of jetboat and helicopter.  Jetboat transport is used for the flat water section out to the take-out.

“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.”


  • Three day trip: Adults: $2450, Children: $2000

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.