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The Rangitata River is one of the best spots for white water rafting in New Zealand, set against a dramatic gorge. Get your adrenaline pumping on this full-day rafting tour from Christchurch, and tackle the Grade 2 to 5 rapids, including thrilling bends, rocky outcrops, and serene river passes. Lunch, BBQ dinner and hotel pick-up (optional) are included.

Highlights

  • Full-day white water rafting excursion from Christchurch
  • Tackle the thrilling Grade 2 to 5 rapids of the Rangitata River
  • Admire the dramatic scenery of the Rangitata Gorge
  • Tuck into a delicious lunch and BBQ dinner
  • Professional photographs available to purchase
  • Full instruction provided: suitable for complete beginners

What You Can Expect

White Water Rafting from Christchurch

Beautiful scenery everywhere you look

Depending on the tour option chosen, either begin your day with pick-up from your central Christchurch hotel between 9-9.30am, or make your own way to the rafting base by 11.30am. Once your group has arrived, tuck into lunch (included) as your instructor takes you through a safety briefing.

After lunch, get suited up in your wetsuit, life jacket and helmet, and head out to the river to get started. Take the time to master basic manoeuvres under the guidance of your instructor, then set out on a thrilling 2- to 2.5-hour rafting adventure. Work together with your team to paddle downstream, tackle the hair-raising rapids and navigate rocky outcrops, and soak up the magnificent scenery of the Rangitata gorge along the way.

Back on dry land, head back to the lodge to warm up with a hot shower and get changed, before sitting down for dinner. After re-fuelling with a hearty BBQ feast (included) and admiring the action shots taken by your photographer (available to purchase), your day finishes around 5-5.30pm, after which you can make your own way back to the city, or enjoy drop-off back at your Christchurch hotel.

Please note: All equipment is provided, but you will need to bring a swimsuit to wear under your wetsuit and a towel. Tours are weather dependent, but run most days from October through to May.

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