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Duration: 3 Days
Scale: 2 - 12 people
From: Hanmer Springs pickup
Tour size: 12
To: Hanmer Springs pickup
Languages: English
Whitewater rafting is a great way to explore this beautiful part of New Zealand. With four-wheel driving, Grade 3 and 4 rapids and picturesque camping spots, this is a stunning multi-day journey.
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Cost: $1500 per Adult, $1300 per Child (12-18 years)
Location: Upper Waiau River, near Hanmer Springs
Duration: 3 days
River: Grade 3-4
Pick-up times: 09:00am, Hanmer Springs or time arranged 
Age suitability: 12 years +
Food: 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts
Rafting gear All rafting and camping equipment supplied

If you are looking for the ultimate multi-day rafting adventure then this trip is for you.

This adventure is packed full of stunning scenery, towering mountains, narrow gorges, tussock valleys and pure clean water. With Grade 3 and 4 rapids this is our most challenging trip.

"Technical rafting and stunning camping make this my favourite trip."
Simon [River Guide]

From Hanmer Springs we head towards Lake Tennyson and over Mailing’s Pass in the four wheel drive vehicles. After lunch beside the Waiau it is time to get ready to raft.

The river starts off very gently, as it meanders past the Ada homestead. This is a relaxing way to start the trip before putting our rafting skills to the test as we tackle some exciting rapids. Both evenings will be spent camping on the river's edge and our delicious dinner will be cooked over an open campfire.

The second day is an action packed day of rafting. There are challenging rapids including The Narrows, which are one of the real rafting highlights of the trip. Basically it is a whole lot of water in a pretty tight space! The views of the Spencer Mountains back up the valley are spectacular.

The final day begins with a beautiful gorge that has it all, steep rocky walls, towering waterfalls and pockets of green bush. The wave chain rapids are really entertaining and on a hot day there are plenty of opportunities to go for a swim.

We are normally back in Hanmer Springs by mid afternoon ensuring sufficient time to drive back to Christchurch or to the West Coast.

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Important information
Inland Adventures will supply: helmets, life jackets, wetsuits, splash jacket, thermal top, water shoes and small dry bags for sunscreen etc.
Please bring: camping gear (see Gear List), swimwear or underwear for under the wetsuit, sunscreen, and personal medication i.e. asthma inhaler.
If Inland Adventures cancel a raft trip for any reason, ie due to unsuitable river conditions, you will receive a 100% refund. We have a maximum number of places on each trip, therefore there will be a 10% of total trip fare fee for any cancellation outside 72 hours of departure. Within 72 hours of intended departure time there will be a 100% trip fee for cancellations or no shows.

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Nathan Topp

Owner and River Guide

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Summer season phone nos:
0508 RAFTING(723 846)
Free within New Zealand
021 236 0578
PO Box 32
Reefton, 7851
West Coast
New Zealand

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