Awesome White Water Rafting with Rangitata Rafts
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In Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand
Rangitata Rafts offers the closest Grade 5 White water rafting to Christchurch – only a day trip from the central city or self drive on your way between Christchurch and Lake Tekapo or Queenstown.
Feel the adrenalin surging through your body as you conquer the exhilarating grade 5 white-water rapids of the Rangitata Gorge with your world class guide. Be in awe of the rugged mountain scenery surrounding you as you practise your paddling and safety drills on the initial calmer waters.
Feel your confidence and excitement grow as the rapids get progressively exciting from grade 1 – 5, as the full volume of water squeezes through the narrow gorge. We never have a problem with lack of water – there is always enough to provide you with plenty of thrills.
If you feel apprehensive, you still don’t need to miss out on this amazing adventure, you can walk round the grade 5 rapids with our photographer and then rejoin the rafts for more fun.
Float in the calmer turquoise waters, have fun surfing the rafts in the smaller rapids, take an optional ‘leap of faith’ from a jump rock and keep an eye out for any wildlife along the way.
Hot, refreshing showers welcome you back to our beautifully located lodge situated on one of New Zealand’s first high country sheep stations. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and a delicious BBQ, the second meal of the day, while sharing your rafting stories with your fellow rafters and guides. Watch in amazement at the photo evidence of your rafting action. The photo CD is available for you to purchase at the end of the day.
Join us as a day trip from Christchurch or drive yourself. Rafting with Rangitata Rafts is the perfect adventure stop between Christchurch and Queenstown.
- 7 hours
Finding the ultimate South Island rafting experience!
A pick-up service and transport from Christchurch to our river base is provided. Pick ups from inner city accommodation providers begin at approximately 8:15 am (April and early May 7:45 am). It is a two-hour bus journey to our lodge, taking in some of the South Island’s most spectacular scenery along the way. If you wish, remember to bring a book for the journey.
For those making their own way, our rafting base is located 13 km further on from the village of Peel Forest, on the Rangitata Gorge road. It is a sealed road all the way to our lodge.
Travelling from Christchurch
Allow 2 hours travelling time
Travel south on SH1. Travel through the town of Ashburton. Approximately 10 minutes from Ashburton is a small settlement called Hinds. At the Hinds Tavern, turn right, this is signposted to Peel Forest. Take the 3rd left, also signposted Peel Forest or Arundel. Travel to the end of the 22 km straight road. At the ‘T’ junction, turn left and you will go over the Rangitata Bridge. Take the 1st right over the bridge and travel through the small sawmill settlement of Arundel. At the top of the hill, turn right and follow the signposts to Peel Forest. The Peel Forest Store is your last opportunity to buy any beer or wine to have at the end of the day, with the BBQ, if you wish. Travel through Peel Forest and continue on the same road for 13 km and you will see our driveway off to the right. Welcome to Rangitata Rafts.
Travelling from the South
Make your way to Geraldine, only 30 minutes from our rafting base
From Geraldine head north on the Inland Scenic Route, following the signs to Peel Forest. Approximately 15 km north of Geraldine, turn left off the Inland Scenic Route to Peel Forest. The Peel Forest Store is your last opportunity to buy any beer or wine to enjoy at the end of the day, with the BBQ, if you wish. Travel through Peel Forest and continue on the same road for 13 km and you will see our driveway off to the right. Welcome to Rangitata Rafts.
We are located off the main route from Christchurch to Queenstown, so stop in for a fantastic rafting trip on your way through. Two of the South Island’s most popular spots are just a short distance (Christchurch 2 hours, Queenstown 4 hours).
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- New Zealand -43.7938666 171.2347009
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.