What Is A Guaranteed Departure?
A Guaranteed Departure is a multi day trip, in the case of River Valley normally a rafting 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.
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.
November 22nd to 25th 2016 – Mokai Canyon Three Day River Trip – this trip is full
December 15th to 19th 2016 – Rangitikei Headwaters Expedition
December 25th to 27th 2016 – Fantail Canyon – this trip is full
December 27th to 29th 2016 – Lodge to Lodge River Trip – this trip us full
January 2nd to 4th 2017 – Fantail Canyon – this trip is full
January 13th to 17th 2017 – Rangitikei Headwaters Expedition – this trip has vacancies
January 14th to 18th 2017 – Rangitikei River Explorer – this trip is full
January 16th to 19th 2017 – Mokai Canyon Three Day River Trip – this trip has vacancies
January 23rd to 26th 2017 – Mokai Canyon Three Day River Trip – this trip is full
January 27th to 30th 2017 – Mokai Canyon Three Day River Trip – this trip is full
February 8th to 10th 2017 – Lodge to Lodge River Trip – this trip is full
February 10th to 12th 2017 – Fantail Canyon – this trip has vacancies
March 13th – 15th 2017 – Lodge to Lodge River Trip – this trip us full
River Trip Details
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 – 3, 4 and 5 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.
Horse Experience 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.
What To Do Next?
All the trips listed above have vacancies available for from 2 to 5 people. We seldom take anymore than 8 people (excluding guides) in total on a multi day rafting trip.
There is one special at present.
This is the “Launch Trip” on the Whanganui River – 15th to 19th November 2015
This the very first “commercial” dory trip on the Whanganui River ever, and your name could be on that passenger list. Not only that, but we are offering this 5 day trip for the same price as a 3 day trip. A saving of $400 per person.
JOIN US ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY DOWN THE BEAUTIFUL RANGITIKEI RIVER