Here we are in early March. We are presently enjoying some beautiful settled warm weather.

This got me to thinking about enjoying this weather out on the river.

But a step back first. This summer season we had the busiest multi day rafting season we have ever had. Each year it seems more people discover the simple joy of floating down a river and settling into pretty campsites each evening. I thought why not give a guide to what to expect each month over the multi day season.

Here goes

Late October: The weather is still generally cool, but the Ngaruroro has water and what a great overnight trip! Dress warm for the evening.

November: Warming up now, but not settled weather. The Ngaruroro still has water, while trips on the Rangitikei and Whanganui are now on offer. Normally good flows. Still can be cool in the evening.

December: Still expect unsettled but warm weather. The Ngaruroro is generally too low by now, but all trips are on offer on the Rangitikei and Whanganui. The Headwaters of the Rangitikei can be a great place to be. Best to avoid the Xmas period on the Whanganui if you are not keen on crowds.

January: Prime time to take in some sun on a beautiful river. Long evenings and warm sun drenched days. Generally the headwaters of the Rangitikei is too low by mid January, but the rest of the Rangitikei and Whanganui are perfect.

February and March: Funnily enough, this can be a quieter time on the multi day river trip front. We are not sure why as the weather is generally warm and settled. In many ways this is the perfect time to be on a multi day river trip.

April: We don’t offer scheduled trips in April. However we can do a trip by special request. While the weather is often still settled for the first couple of weeks, the evenings have drawn in and temperatures are cooler. Dress accordingly.

I hope this guide helps, but do remember, anytime can be a great time on a multi day river trip.

See you on the river.


Part of the pleasure of a multi day river trip is relaxing at camp.

The headwaters of the Rangitikei River. We did two trips to this piece of paradise this summer.