Water activity

North Island: Grade 5 Half-Day White Water Rafting

Activity provider: River Valley Lodge

North Island: Grade 5 Half-Day White Water Rafting

Activity provider: River Valley Lodge

From US$ 148.39 per person

This Grade 5 white water rafting trip is often recognized as one of the best half day trips in the world. With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Enjoy approximately 3 hours on the river on an 11km run
  • Experience ten major rapids
  • See amazing scenery along the Rangitikei River
  • Finish right outside River Valley Lodge for hot showers
Full description
If a half-day rafting trip is what you're after, then the Grade 5 white water section of the Rangitikei River could be just the thing for you.  Often recognized as one of the top half-day Grade 5 white water rafting trips in the world, your trip on the Rangitikei starts off easier, with sections of fun Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids, as great practice for what lies ahead.  Over a 2- to 3-hour period and 11 kilometers 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 and excite you. Some of these rapids are short and sharp, while others carry on for several hundred meters. Many river guides have called the Grade 5 rafting section of the Rangitikei River, the "Perfect Half-Day Rafting Trip" - an easy start, building up to a fun-filled finish. The trip finishes right outside the front door of River Valley Lodge for hot showers, perfect for getting changed afterwards. 
  • Wetsuit
  • Helmet
  • Life jacket
  • Neoprene booties
  • Fleece top
  • Paddle jacket
  • Neoprene gloves and neoprene socks in cool weather
  • Meals and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at River Valley Lodge, address: Mangahoata Rd, Pukeokahu 4792, New Zealand. The lodge is approximately 32km from 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, with the Gretna Hotel on your left. The 32km drive will last around 35 minutes. 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 kms are gravel and take you to the Lodge at the end of Mangahoata Road.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Must have an average level of fitness as you will be required to help paddle the raft
  • Trips depart twice daily from October 1st to April 30th, briefing time at 8:15 AM and 12:30 PM
  • Trips depart once per day from May 1st to September 30th, briefing time at 8:30 AM
  • Departures are dependent on river levels and rafting tours do not run if the river is outside safe operating limits
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 3 guests to run - if you are solo you will be asked to join an existing group
  • Food and drinks are not included

Product ID: 197728