Rangitata Rafts

Feel the thrill of conquering some of New Zealand's most exciting and scenic stretches of white water when you join Rangitata Rafts on this incredible New Zealand rafting experience.

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Rangitata Rafting
Rangitata Raft

About Rangitata Rafts

The Rangitata River is one of the best spots for white water rafting in New Zealand, set against a dramatic gorge. Get your adrenaline pumping on this full-day rafting tour from Christchurch, and tackle the Grade 2 to 5 rapids, including thrilling bends, rocky outcrops, and serene river passes. A BBQ dinner and hotel pick-up (optional) are included.

Full-day white water rafting excursion from Christchurch
Tackle the thrilling Grade 2 to 5 rapids of the mighty Rangitata River
Admire the dramatic scenery of the Rangitata Gorge
Tuck into a delicious BBQ dinner after your rafting experience.
Professional photographs available to purchase
Full instruction provided: suitable for complete beginners

Please note: All equipment is provided, but you will need to bring a swimsuit to wear under your wetsuit and a towel. Tours are weather dependent, but run most days from October through to May. Minimum age restriction of 13.


$215pp Self Drive, $239pp With transport from Christchurch


Monday - Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm




From Christchurch: 

The traveling time is approx 2 hours from central Christchurch to us. 

Head south on ‘State Highway One’. 

After one hour you will travel through Ashburton. 

On the outskirts of Ashburton is Tinwald. On the left is ‘Claas’ a tractor sales shop. Turn RIGHT here which is signposted to ‘Mayfied/Arundel 37km' and you will now be on Maronan Road. 

Follow on this road following the signs to ‘Geraldine/Arundel’ When you get to the T junction turn LEFT (signposted Geraldine) and cross the Rangitata river. 

Turn first RIGHT at the end of the bridge and follow the signs to Peel Forest or Rangitata Gorge. 

Rangitata Rafts is located 13km past the store on the same road, Rangitata Gorge Rd. This road is a sealed all the way to our lodge. 

If the road you are traveling on turns into a gravel/unsealed road you would have missed our driveway by 200m. 

Turn right down Waikari road (our driveway) it is signposted. We are the green lodge with the trees around it. 

From Geraldine: 

From Geraldine head north on the ‘Inland Scenic Route’ or SH72, Approximately 13km from Geraldine you will turn LEFT off the ‘Inland Rangitata Rafts is located 13km past the store on the same road, This road is a sealed road, all the way to our drive way. 

Turn right down Waikari road (our driveway) and follow the signs. Welcome you have made it - we are in the green building with the trees around it.