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"To us, trips feel like we're out doing the things we love with a group of good friends and that's exactly how it is at Hidden Valleys."
- Grant South (Southy)

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Waimakariri River

Canterbury Jetboat & Rafting – Grade 1-2

This river is well known to those who have competed in the legendary Speights Coast to Coast Multisport Race. It is suited to groups of all ages who want to experience the river at a more leisurely pace. The Waimakariri is one of the larger braided rivers in New Zealand.

Accommodation and Getting There

We can arrange all your transport and accommodation requirements.

“Hidden Valleys create fantastic adventures! Over the last few years we have been on annual adventures with Southy and his team, exploring the magnificent rivers of the South Island of New Zealand. The Hidden Valleys’ team have made these trips very special for us, our friends and our clients. Totally professional, safe, great company, good cooks always with a story or two and plenty of campsite laughter to offset the day’s adrenalin. We create a new adventure each year with Hidden Valleys and return from these trips inspired.”

Peter Wardell, Branch Manager, Forsyth Barr Ltd


  • Day trip: Adults: $280, Children: $220
  • Two day trip: Adults: $650, Children: $500

General info

  • Ability: Suitable for anyone.
  • Departure Dates: September through to May, departures on demand for groups

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