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Rangitata Rafts Canterbury

Rangitata Rafts Canterbury

White Water Rafting at its most breathtaking!!

Few other rivers can offer you New Zealand’s most stunning scenery paired with the thrill and excitement of some of the most exhilarating white waters commercially rafted, all under the guidance of our fun-loving professional guides.

This is your day where you are treated as an individual, yet you will leave feeling part of a team.

Rafting Options

Join the day trip from Christchurch or drive yourself. Rangitata Rafts is located 30 minutes from the main highway from Christchurch to Queenstown in the beautiful and unique Rangitata Valley, in the heart of the Southern Alps. The scenery alone is worth the trip.

Rangitata Gorge

  • Surround yourself with the most spectacular mountain scenery whilst conquering some of the most exciting rapids commercially rafted.
  • The gentle slow moving water at the beginning of the trip allows the team of professional guides to provide you full training before reaching the exhilarating grade 4 – 5 rapids. If anyone would prefer they can walk around the rapids with the photographer.
  • But the white water thrills are just where the fun begins! Along the way you will have the opportunity to swim in the calmer sections of the river and absorb the breathtaking scenery.
  • To ensure your energy levels are buzzing all day we provide a fresh lunch on arrival at the lodge. This provides a great opportunity to get to know your fellow rafters and guides.
  • A full briefing for the days activities and safety and comfort equipment is provided for the 2.5 hours on the river.
  • Refresh yourself with a nice hot shower at the end of the day then view your rafting photos while enjoying traditional BBQ meal.

Family Lower Gorge

  • The Lower Rangitata offers the perfect introduction to rafting whilst having fun and enjoying stunning scenery.
  • Suitable for families.
  • Optional swimming in the calm river sections.
  • Test your skills of guiding a raft and get your crew working together.
  • Vary your trip and have a turn in the inflatable kayak.
  • Listen to interesting stories about the original pioneers and the history of the area.
  • An excellent half day of fun, includes a meal before or after rafting and hot showers.

Other Information

  • Rangitata Rafts is a member of NZRA (New Zealand Rafting Association)
  • Transport can be provided to and from Christchurch
  • Wetsuits, spray jackets, life jackets, poly pro, booties and helmets are provided
  • You just need to bring a swimming suit, towel, sense of adventure and a big smile


Rangitata Rafts is located 13 km beyond Peel Forest Village, 30 minutes from the picturesque town of Geraldine.


* All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars

* Rangitata Gorge Trip Minimum age 15 years old

* Family Lower Gorge Trip Minimum age 5 years old

* Children: 5-14 years

* Select item(s) above and submit with your other New Zealand accommodation, activity and transport needs. A travel consultant will contact you in less than 12 hours with availability and best available price. Upon your approval and payment you will then receive confirmation.

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