Guaranteed Trip Departures

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Guaranteed Departures

What Is A Guaranteed Departure?

A Guaranteed Departure is a multi day trip, where the minimum numbers to run the trip have been met.

This page sets out what trips are guaranteed to have a departure (weather permitting), the dates that the trip is scheduled for, and whether there are vacancies for other people to join the trip.

This is particularly relevant for singles and couples who want to adventure with other people.

Departures and Schedules

The start date in each case is the night BEFORE departure on the river or by horseback. That is the night you arrive at River Valley Lodge prior to leaving on the river or trek the next morning (EXCEPT the River Valley Ride).

The finish date is the last day on the river or trek. The exceptions to this are the Rangitikei Headwaters Expedition which includes a night at River Valley Lodge after the river trip, and a Rangitikei River Explorer where the last night is at Rathmoy Lodge. In effect both these trips finish the following morning, and this is the date set out below.

River Trips

1st November 2019 – The Epic Rangitikei – spaces available

23rd November 2019 – Lodge To Lodge – spaces available

27th December 2019 – Mokai Canyon – Full

6th January 2020 – Lodge To Lodge – Full

rangitikei river explorer multi day raft trip

Horse Experiences

20th March 2020 – Lodge To Lodge Horse Trek – Full

10th & 19th February 2020 – The River Valley Ride – see Globetrotting’s website for the number of spaces left

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Multi-Day River Trip Details

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.

Rangitikei Headwaters Expedition – a helicopter fly in and raft out on the remote upper river. This is a three day trip rather than the normal four days. Deluxe guest room accommodation is supplied at River Valley Lodge at both ends of the trip. Also included are all meals, helicopter flight into the headwaters, two nights camping out.

Mokai Canyon Three Day River Trip – a three day rafting trip on the Rangitikei River, heading downstream from River Valley Lodge. A relaxing trip on a beautiful section of river. Trip includes the first night at River Valley Lodge, all meals, three days on the river, two nights camping out.

Mountains to Vineyard – an overnight rafting trip on the Ngaruroro River. This is a fun wilderness trip with plenty of Grade 3 rapids and fantastic scenery. Trip includes the first night at River Valley Lodge, all meals, two days rafting and one night camping beside the river.

Rangitikei River Explorer – a five day rafting trip on the Rangitikei River departing from River Valley Lodge and heading downstream. Trip includes the first night at River Valley Lodge, all meals, five days of leisurely rafting, four nights camping out beside the river. Spend the last night at the luxurious Rathmoy Lodge

Lodge to Lodge River Trip – an overnight rafting trip downstream from River Valley Lodge, which includes one nights accommodation at River Valley Lodge and one night at Tarata Lodge halfway through the trip. All meals and accommodation included. No camping.

Fantail Canyon – a two day trip departing downstream from River Valley Lodge with one nights camping and the first night prior to departure on the river, at the Lodge. All meals and camping gear.

Whanganui Journey – 4,  5 and 6 day trips in wooden river dories on the Whanganui River through Whanganui National Park. This is one of New Zealands Great Walks, even though it is a river trip.

Multi-Day Horse Trek Details

Lodge to Lodge Horse Trek – A two day horse trekking experience incorporating multiple river crossing, big hills, and bigger scenery, with each night in a riverside Lodge.

The River Valley Ride – 8 days / 7 nights.  The River Valley Ride is a firecracker of an itinerary that’s swathed in Māori culture, with an intense sense of freedom and adventure at its very core.

What To Do Next?

All the trips listed above have vacancies available from 1 to 5 people. We seldom take anymore than 8 people (excluding guides) in total on a multi day rafting trip.

If you wish to know more about joining one of these trips, then please either phone our reservations team on 0800 248666 or email us here.


Traveling by river dory is a relaxing and comfortable way to experience the Whanganui River.