A group of rafters is paddling down a narrow section of the river during their Grade 5 Rafting Adventure in Rangitata Gorge organized by Rangitata Rafts.

Grade 5 Rafting Adventure in Rangitata Gorge

Peel Forest
Meeting place

At our base in Peel Forest (53 Waikari Road, Peel Forest 7990, South Canterbury, New Zealand)

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Duration: 4.5 hours

Next available date:

Tuesday, 1 October
Start times:

for 1 participant

Duration: 4.5 hours - Incl. photos

Next available date:

Tuesday, 1 October
Start times:

for 1 participant


Get ready for an unforgettable challenge on one of the country's most beautiful rivers! The exhilarating grade 5 stretch of Rangitata Gorge makes for some of the best white water rafting on New Zealand's South Island. Alongside our experienced guides, you will perfect your paddling skills and prepare to face thunderous rapids that won't leave anyone dry. After this adrenaline rush, you will have earned a delicious Kiwi BBQ.

Tour programme
- Preparation:
For your Rangitata Gorge rafting adventure, we meet at our base in Peel Forest near Geraldine. Here you meet our team and get all the necessary equipment. As soon as everybody put on their wetsuit we drive to the river in our vehicles. Before we get in the water, your experienced guide will give you a detailed safety talk to prepare you for the trip.
- Tour:
We start our tour on a calmer stretch of the river, where you can get used to paddling and warm up with some grade 2 and 3 rapids. Before we hit the wildest section of Rangitata Gorge, you have the chance to get out of the boat and check out what's to come. Now you're ready to face the challenge of the grade 5 rapids together with your guide and fellow rafters. But no need to be scared: if you don't feel safe, you can also walk around the wild stretch with our photographer. Afterwards, you will also have the chance to go for a refreshing swim in a calmer part of the river.
- Return
At the end of the tour, we will be picked up and taken back to our base. While you change and take a hot shower, we prepare a classic Kiwi BBQ with delicious South Canterbury sausages, coleslaw and potatoes for you. Now it's time to relax, enjoy some great food, and check out the photos of your adventure.

Tour facts
- River: Rangitata Gorge (Difficulty level: Class II-V)
- Description: With some of New Zealand's most exhilarating rapids, the glacially-fed Rangitata gorge is the place to be for some real rafting action amidst spectacular nature.
- Distance: 10 km
- Total duration: 4.5 hrs
- Time on the river: 2.5 hrs
- Participants per boat: up to 7

Included Services
- High-quality raft
- Rafting and safety gear (wetsuit, thermals, fleeces, windbreaker, booties, flotation vest, helmet)
- Certified rafting guide
- Transfer from our base to the river and back to the base
- Classic Kiwi BBQ
- Optional: Photos (per boat; up to 7 people can share the same set of photos)

Bring along
- Swimwear
- Towel
- Glasses strap

- Minimum age: 13 years
- Physical health
- Swimming ability
- Minimum weight: 40 kgs
- This tour is not suitable if you are pregnant.

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