Waiau Wilderness Raft 1 Day Tour

This trip is an awesome day out. After a beautiful drive to the river through the Magdalen Valley we set off in the rafts through rocky gorges and down fun-filled Grade 3 rapids. The amazing scenery and clean water make this a really special day. We run this as an exclusive tour and a minimum of four people are required for the trip.

Cost: $300 per Adult, $250 per Child (10-15 years)

Location: Upper Waiau River near Hanmer Springs

Duration: 7.5 hours

River Grade: 3

Pick-up times: 0830, Hanmer Springs

Age suitability: 10 years +

Lunch and hot drinks supplied

All rafting gear supplied

Wow! East Coast's best keep secret. Phil [River Guide]

An ultimate day out with a bunch of mates! Take a ride in the four wheel drive vehicles through a high country station then tackle the Grade 3 rapids of the Upper Waiau-uha gorges. Rafts are a great way to explore this beautiful part of New Zealand.

After meeting in Hanmer Springs to load into the four wheel drive vehicles we make our way towards the Lewis Pass, turning off at the Boyle village. It takes around two hours to reach the Waiau River, after driving through the lush Magdaleen Valley.

Rafting begins after morning tea beside the river. Inland Adventures will provide you with all the gear. A comprehensive safety briefing will ensure you know what to do out on the water, even if this is your first time rafting.

As it is a bit tricky to access, this section of Waiau-uha is one of rafting’s best kept secrets! It has stunning rugged gorges with steep rocky walls, tall waterfalls, wide open valleys and pockets of green bush. With a picnic lunch and plenty of chances to swim it is a pretty unbeatable day. We usually arrive back in Hanmer Springs by 4.00pm.

This is an exclusive trip for a minimum of four people. You get to spend the day with the people you choose so it is always really fun! It's a great trip to take with family and friends, or an unforgettable team building adventure for a work function. Not forgetting the ultimate stag do or hen’s party.

Gear list

Enquire/pre-book