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White Water Rafting from Christchurch

  • Full-day white water rafting excursion from Christchurch
  • Tackle the thrilling Grade 2 to 5 rapids of the Rangitata River
  • Admire the dramatic scenery of the Rangitata Gorge
White Water Rafting from Christchurch
From US$150.44
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Rafting with TransportMost Popular
This tour includes. Pick up and Drop off in Christchurch, all equipment, 2.5hours on the water, BBQ after the trip.
From US$167.23
Self Drive Rafting
You meet at our rafting Base at 12.30pm. All equipment is included, 2.5 hours on the water and a BBQ meal after.
From US$150.44
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. BBQ dinner and hotel pick-up (optional) are included.
What to Expect
Depending on the tour option chosen, either begin your day with pick-up from your central Christchurch hotel between 9-9.30am, or make your own way to the rafting base by 11.30am. Once everyone has arrived, your instructor will take you through a safety briefing.

After the briefing, get suited up in your wetsuit, life jacket and helmet, and head out to the river to get started. Take the time to master basic manoeuvres under the guidance of your instructor, then set out on a thrilling 2- to 2.5-hour rafting adventure. Work together with your team to paddle downstream, tackle the hair-raising rapids and navigate rocky outcrops, and soak up the magnificent scenery of the Rangitata gorge along the way.

Back on dry land, head back to the lodge to warm up with a hot shower and get changed, before sitting down for dinner. After re-fuelling with a hearty BBQ feast (included) and admiring the action shots taken by your photographer (available to purchase), your day finishes around 5-5.30pm, after which you can make your own way back to the city, or enjoy drop-off back at your Christchurch hotel.

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.
Reviews (163)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Well worth it!

First and foremost the guides are excellent! Not to mention very easy going with a great sense of humor. At the same time very professional in taking safety very seriously. Having said that, the rafting experience was fantastic! The river starts off easy and it...More

Thank Wandering_RaF
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Highly recommented.

It was a great experience even our boat was fliped over. Staff were very professional and helpful. Enjoyed a lot.

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 15 October 2018
Amazing Experience!

This trip was the highlight of my holiday! We were nervous to begin but once we got started all fears disappeared. The staff clearly knew what they were doing and I felt very secure trusting their instructions. The views were spectacular, the water crisp and...More

1  Thank Jordan M
RangitataRafts, General Manager at Rangitata Rafts, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jordan We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your rafting experience with us. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the food provided and we value your feedback. We have changed our operation schedule for this season and have...More

Reviewed 18 June 2018
Highlight of our entire NZ trip- really recommend.

Have been rafting before in Argentine, but this was something else. The rapids and setting were amazing. The guide was brilliant- good banter but also appropriately safety conscious. I felt really safe (as safe as one can feel on grade 5 rapids!). I would truly...More

1  Thank Dr_Rebecca_P
Reviewed 24 April 2018
Great action packed day out

Rangitata Rafts went above and beyond to make the day memorable. They provide all equipment you'll ever need as well as a full safety briefing. Not all went to plan with two of the four rafts overturning (ours included, these things can happen) but the...More

Thank alexf773
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20 June 2018|
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Response from Synapsegaba | Reviewed this property |
They don't. There is only a portion of the river which is Grade 5. Even then, I think there is an element of risk. If you prefer a gentler river, try rafting at Hammer Springs. It is about 3 hrs by car or coach north of... More