Grade 5 Whitewater Rafting New Zealand
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In Taihape, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
If it is a half day trip that you are after, then the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River could be just what you are looking for.
Often recognised as one of the top half day Grade 5 Rafting Trips in the world, your trip on the Rangitikei starts off easier, with sections of fun Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids, great practice for what lies ahead!
Some of these rapids are short and sharp, while others carry on for several hundred meters.Show less
River Valley is situated in the Rangitikei District of the North Island of New Zealand. It is near the central North Island town of Taihape.
If you are traveling South, turn left at the River Valley signpost, 18km after Waiouru.
If you are traveling North, use the Gretna Hotel in Taihape as your starting point, the 32km drive will last around 35 minutes after taking you through some of New Zealand’s finest and most picturesque hill country. Please follow the regular signs to River Valley.
After turning off State Highway 1, you will cross two bridges coming from Waiouru, and three bridges coming from Taihape.
The last 1.5 km’s are gravel and take you to the Lodge at the end of the road.
Drive carefully on our country roads, as you would be surprised both at the number and occasionally the size of the vehicles you will share the way with.
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- Zip / Postcode
- New Zealand -39.6279218 175.8703535
Trips depart twice daily from 1st October to 30th April Briefing times are 8.30am and 1.00pm. Trips depart once per day from 1st May to 30th September – briefing time is 8.30am.
You will be geared up at River Valley Lodge with wetsuits, thermals, neoprene booties, helmets and life-jackets. From there you will be transported 25 minutes up River to the put on.
Over a two to three hour period, and 12 kms of river, you will experience rapids that start at that easy end, and culminate in the gorge, a section of the river where 10 major rapids, from Grade 3+ to Grade 5, line up one after the other to thrill you and excite you.
You will finish up right outside the front door of River Valley Lodge for hot showers. No getting changed on river banks!
Departures are River Level dependent. We will not put on if the river is outside our safe operating limits.
If cancelled up to 1 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the entire activity price may be charged.