All Rafting Trips

From Half-Day White Water Rafting to 5-Day Multi-day Rafting Trips

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Discover the magic and beauty of the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers on one of our world class River Rafting trips.

Here at River Valley, exploring rivers is a passion. Since 1982 that passion has found expression taking people down rivers in rafts. That passion has now been passed through three generations, with two of those generations still actively guiding.

We raft regularly on two North Island New Zealand rivers, the Rangitikei – our home river – and the Ngaruroro, just over the range in Hawkes Bay.
Between these two rivers we can offer you a variety of trips.

We offer a world-class half-day white water rafting trip with 10 major rapids, as well as plenty of smaller ones, over 11km.  Often deemed one of the best half day white water trips in the world, and certainly one of the best in New Zealand.   Or if you’d like something a little more relaxing we offer scenic adventures, suitable for the whole family where you will be able to soak up the stunning scenery.  Or, for the ultimate river adventure, we also offer multi-day wilderness trips on both the headwaters of the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers.

Whether you’re looking for a short action-packed trip or something more relaxing and discovery focused, River Valley Rafting can provide an unforgettable experience.

Not sure which trip is right for you?  Or have more questions about rafting?  Check out this helpful blog post on white water rafting and the answers to some commonly asked questions.


Half & Full Day Rafting Trips

Grade 5 White Water Rafting New Zealand

This is a world class, half-day white water rafting trip on the Rangitikei River. With 10 major rapids on this 11 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about.
Duration: Half Day
Season: All Year Round

The Awesome Scenic Rafting Adventure

With over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, amazing scenery and a riverside lunch, the 13 km section of the Rangitikei River downstream from the Lodge is perfect for all ages.
Duration: Full Day
Season: 1st October to 30th April

Inflatable Kayaking – Fun Family Day Trip

A family rafting adventure on the Scenic section downstream from River Valley Lodge sounds just the ticket. A heap of fun, side hike, lunch on the river – what could be better?
Duration: Full day
Season: 1st October to 30th April

Inflatable Kayaking – Grade 5 Rapids Half Day

It is summer time. Days are hot, the water is warm, and just the time to go white water rafting. Right? Now is the opportunity to try your hand at Inflatable Kayaking. A fun option for playing on the river
Duration: Half Day
Season: January to March depending on river levels

Multi-Day Rafting Trips

The Epic Rangitikei

A 3-day adventure rafting trip, featuring the highlights of the Rangitikei river.  Experience the thrill of the Grade 5 white water section and the stunning backdrop of our scenic section all in one epic trip.
Duration: 3 Days
Season: 1st November to 31st March

Fantail Canyon Overnight Rafting Trip

A fully catered, fun, adventurous overnight river trip suitable for all the family
Duration: 2 Days
Season: 1st November to 31st March

Mokai Canyon Three Day River Trip

A fully-catered, fun, adventurous river trip suitable for all the family. This summer tear the children away from the TV and head off for 3-days riverside camping and rafting.
Duration: 3 Days
Season: 1st November to 31st March

Mountains to Vineyard

An Overnight Rafting trip on the Ngaruroro River in Hawkes Bay. Wilderness scenery, riding rapids, sumptuous food, comfy riverside camping.
Duration: 2 Days
Season: 4th Oct to 4th Dec (water levels permitting)

The Lodge to Lodge

A multi-day river rafting trip with a touch of luxury.  Spend 2 days rafting down the Rangitikei River and 2 nights in luxury lodge accommodation.
Duration: 2 Days
Season: 1st September to 31st March

Rangitikei River Explorer

To totally immerse yourself in nature – a five-day, six-night multi-day rafting and riverside camping trip exploring the Rangitikei River, finishing with 1 night stay at the exclusive Rathmoy Lodge.
Duration: 5 Days / 6 Nights
Season: 15th October to 31st March

The Rangitikei Headwaters Expedition

Have you done a few rafting trips and experienced everything that short duration rafting can offer you? This 4-day trip will exceed your wildest rafting dreams.
Duration: 4 Days / 5 Nights
Season: 1st November to 31st March

Whanganui River Dories & Other Trips

Specialty Wooden Dory Trips on the Whanganui River

Travel the iconic Whanganui Journey in a specialty wooden river dory.  These beautiful boats carry you comfortably down the Whanganui River and through the National Park.  This is a unique way in which to experience New Zealand’s most popular river trip.
Duration: 4, 5 or 6 days
Season: 11th October to 31st March

Float n’ Fly Fish

Let us take you to places on the Rangitikei River that hardly anyone manages to reach. We do this by raft. This can be a day raft/fishing trip or multiple days.
Duration: Full Day
Season: 1st October to 30th April

International River Trips

Carefully selected, our international river trips are the best the world has to offer.

Want to find out more about a Rafting Experience with River Valley? See what our guests have to say:

“What the hell a bleached blonde princess of 44 with a knee injury was doing contemplating a Grade 5 river rafting trip was completely beyond me.”

Peer pressure and a New Years Eve rash promise was the main cause, but following through with it was proving to change me into a fully fledged diva who was scared shitless and ready to bolt at first opportunity!

Kelly Judkins

“This experience is one that got me “out of my seat”, out of the city and into a fabulous combination of spectacular scenery, great company and an unforgettable adventure.”

My biggest obstacle in doing a Grade 5 rafting trip with River Valley was a previous negative kayaking experience. As it turned out, if I had had the cash and time I would have done a second trip the next morning!

Neil Duxbury

“The one thing that I think probably stands in the way of a lot of people coming to River Valley is it is in the middle of nowhere… it’s worth the ride into the wilderness”

I would really recommend River Valley. There are so many people who never really experience the outdoors. They don’t get to breathe fresh air and the air here is so pure. You can even drink the water in the river.

Paula Byrne


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