Rangitata Rafts is the Ultimate Rafting Experience! With exclusive access to the Rangitata gorge and New Zealand’s biggest volume grade 5 rapids guaranteed. Come and take in the spectacular scenery, conquer some of NZ’s most remote and exhilarating rapids and enjoy some good old kiwi hospitality while you tuck into a BBQ and watch your photos with them at the end of your trip.

The Backpacker Group Members Deal

Rangitata Rafts offers their trips for $199 instead of $219.

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Rangitata Gorge, Grade 5

Grade 2 to 5, you choose!

Your chance to navigate 10kms of one of NZ’s most beautiful rivers, their exhilarating grade 5 adventure will get your heart pounding. Starting off on the calmer upper stretches of the Rangitata river, you’ll have plenty of time to perfect your paddling skills and warm up through the grade 2 & 3 rapids before arriving at the grade 5 section of the Rangitata Gorge. At this point you can choose if you want to continue rafting through the thunderous rapids, tight gaps and rocky outcrops of the Gorge itself or would rather walk around and admire them from the side. To cool off after all the action, there’ll be a chance to go for a surf and take a dip in the calmer sections.

After the trip while you enjoy a hot shower back at base, they’ll cook up a delicious Kiwi style BBQ for you to enjoy while checking out the photos from the day!


Operates: October – April

Trips depart: 8am & 12:30pm

Duration: 4.5 hours (2 hours on the water)

Transport available from Christchurch for afternoon trip, $30pp return.


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Terms & Conditions

  • Available for The Backpacker Group members only
  • A valid The Backpacker Group membership card with identification must be presented to staff to claim discount
  • Direct bookings only
  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other discounts, promotions or deals
  • Bookings subject to availability
  • Operators cancellation policy applies
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