Wilderness Rafting Trips New Zealand

Rangitikei River Headwaters, Central North Island

Wilderness Rafting Trips New Zealand, Rangitikei River Headwaters, Central North Island 2019-07-19T02:44:51+00:00

Rangitikei River Headwaters Expedition

Duration: 5 Nights / 4 Days on the river

Cost: $2530 per person

Season: 1st November to 31st March

Conditions:  This trip requires a minimum of 3 adult fares to run. If you are a solo, please contact our reception on 0800 248666 or check our list of guaranteed departures, to join an existing trip.

Have you done a few rafting trips and feel that you really have experienced everything that the normal short duration action packed rafting adventure can offer you?

After all, in New Zealand, day and part day rafting trips are the norm.

Seldom do we take the opportunity to explore beautiful rivers for more than a few hours

We believe a Rangitikei Headwaters Expedition can give you fresh insights on what it means to be on a New Zealand wilderness river.

How being in remote back country, surrounded by rugged beauty, the only sound being those of nature, and your sole focus being a 4 day river rafting journey, can touch a part of your very soul.

These four days are Time Out in the true sense of the words. Away from the office, and away from all those other things that seem to pressure you. Time Out for you.

So what can you expect on this trip?

Without going into huge amounts of detail, how about – a night in an ensuited guest room at River Valley Lodge both before and after the river trip – a 20 minute helicopter flight in to the start point high in the Kaimanawa Ranges in the central North Island of New Zealand.

Four days rafting on the river, camping each night – rapids up to Grade/Class 3 – good food – great scenery.

In addition to the food, scenery and company, and depending on river flow, you will have the choice of travelling in a raft or inflatable kayak.

Still not sure that this trip is for you?

Well, this trip may not be for you. You do need to have average fitness, you certainly do not need to be an athlete.

You do need to be able to appreciate the simple, yet incredibly complex, beauty of nature.

You do need to be someone who enjoys the challenge of working and communicating with others, be it around camp or on the river.

Your active participation on both water and land is expected. You do need to be someone who can sit around a camp fire in the evening and feel content.

What Happens When You Book?

When you book we will supply you with a – To Bring List – We encourage you to book online – see the link on this page. Rangitikei Headwaters Expedition dates are preset, however for groups of 4 – 8 we can look at the possibility of arranging a departure especially just for you.

This New Zealand wilderness river rafting trip is most suitable for moderately active people who value unique and special experiences and places.

Click on the Booking Link on this page to check availability and to Book your Trip.

What If None of the Scheduled Dates Suit?

Custom trip dates are possible if no published dates suit your schedule. Please make an enquiry with one of our Adventure Consultants if this is the case.

Alternatively Search for other suitable rafting trips here

To view a map of the route followed on a Headwaters Expedition, please click here

What we Provide:

  • Wetsuit, helmet, lifejacket, neoprene booties, fleece top, paddle jacket, and on cooler days, neoprene gloves and neoprene socks.
  • Tents, extra thick sleeping pads.
  • One night at River Valley Lodge, in a Deluxe Guest Room, is provided free before the trip departs, and one night the evening that the trip gets back.
  • Meals provided – Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, including the final evening and morning at River Valley Lodge. Dinner on the night before departure is also included.

What you need to Bring:

Sleeping bags

Swimwear and towel

A complete gear list will be sent to you on Booking

Alternatively, follow this link to download the “What To Bring List”

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Testimonials & Reviews

Thanks River Valley,

I would also like to thank you guys for an amazing wilderness rafting trip, I was so very lucky to be able to get all that paddle coaching, what a bonus!

It is a truly spectacular place & I too have been telling stories of the crystal clear waters, trout, cave wetas, eels & that amazing emerald colour. Funny how people forget to mention the helicopter ride after being in a place like that for 4 days.

I’ve been trying to find time to formulate some useful feedback for you about the trip. It’s actually been quite difficult because I think it was pretty awesome really. I felt well looked after, the food was fantastic & there was plenty of it. Great camp sites & awesome thermorests.
The length of the trip I thought was good. I would like another day but I am also aware that if you have people of low fitness it becomes very tiring after a couple of days.

The only problem I can see is the cost. It is the most expensive rafting trip I’ve done to date & I did have reservations about spending that much. However there were lots of extras which balanced it out for me.

Thanks again it was great to meet you all & get to know you a little bit. I look forward to seeing that DVD.

Also, yes please, let me know about any other expeditions you are planning, I’m very keen for multi day adventures.


Julie Somerville

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“I too have been telling stories of the crystal clear waters, trout, cave wetas, eels & that amazing emerald colour.”


Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.

0800 248666  / thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz