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1 - 2 DAYS MOKIHINUI RIVER (GRADE 3-5) WILDERNESS HELI RAFTING

This river is situated on the Northern West Coast and features excellent trout fishing and continuous grade 4 rafting with the occasional grade 5 rapid. This is one of our personal favourites. We enjoy it so much we have our end-of-season staff and friends trip on this most excellent river.

The upper section of the first day has non-stop action with pool drop rapids, which are steep and technical. This section has over 50 rapids and contains some of the best rafting action in NZ, it is non stop all day! We have a fantastic campsite that has excellent fishing in the pools for brown trout (big brown trout) and we also feed the 200 year old eels.

The second day sees the river double in volume when the South branch of the Mokihinui River joins the North branch. The lower section has big volume rapids with some big waves and a few chunky drops. If there are people in the group that don’t want the action of day one but would like to join on the second day that is an option as well, they can spend the first day fishing and join us in the evening.

This is one of the guides favorite rivers and we spend our end of season staff trip up here and also have a friends and family trip up here at the beginning of the summer.

Riverside camping in the evenings, and finishing the trip with a beer at the local pub as we check out the video from the past few days. The Rough and Tumble Bush Lodge is directly at the take-out, so guests that are staying there can step out of the raft and into their accommodation.

Requirements: Single day requires no previous experience, though good swimming abilities are necessary. The 2 day trip requires previous rafting experience or a high fitness level.
Activities: Helicopter, Rafting, Fishing, Sightseeing
Provided: All Rafting and Fishing Equipment, Tents, Sleeping Mats, Food
You Bring: Sleeping Bag, Swimsuit, Towel, Overnight Requirements

2, 3 OR 5 DAYS BULLER RIVER (GRADE 2-3) WILDERNESS RAFTING

Two day, three day and five day trips available. 5 day is a source to sea-rafting from the Nelson Lakes to the ocean at Westport. We are flexible with this trip. The rapids on the Buller River are medium level with only 1 short grade 4 rapid on the entire river and the rest of the rapid sections are grade 2-3 with flat water in between. Suitable for the entire family.

Requirements: Minimum age 12. No previous experience required.
Activities: Rafting, Camping, Fishing, Cliff Jumping, Swimming, Sightseeing, Family Fun
Provided: All Rafting and Fishing Equipment, Tents, Sleeping Mats, Food
You Bring: Sleeping Bag, Swimsuit, Towel, Overnight Requirements

1, 3 OR 5 DAYS KARAMEA RIVER (GRADE 4-5) WILDERNESS HELI RAFTING

Voted one of the top-ten wilderness expedition rafting trips in the world by Outside Magazine, the Karamea River brings it, and we all get amped when we head up there! It is a big water river, with big rapids and still calm pools between, a huge 800 meter rapid section called the Roaring Lion that has to be portaged in sections, world class trout fishing, and riverside camping, set deep in the Kahurangi National Park. This is the biggest and the best in NZ, set in the sub tropical paradise of Karamea it is a magical trip and all the guides favourite 1 day as we get big white water, fishing for snapper in the evenings and Wayne and Julie Pratt from helicharter Karamea always have a feed of whitebait or venison for us! This trip is excellent for group bookings, we can get a fantastic deal on accommodation as well, from backpackers to hotels to luxury resorts

Requirements: Previous rafting experience or a med-high fitness level is required.
Activities: Helicopter, Rafting, Camping, Fishing, Portaging, Swimming, Cliff Jumping
Provided: All Rafting and Fishing Equipment, Tents, Sleeping Mats, Food
You Bring: Sleeping Bag, Swimsuit, Towel, Overnight Requirements

2 OR 3 DAYS WAIATOTO RIVER (GRADE 2-4) WILDERNESS HELI RAFTING

Stunning mountain scenery in the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park.

We start the day with a helicopter briefing as we get into our rafting gear. We fly up river in a Hughes 500 Chopper—designed as attack helicopters in Vietnam, very fast and maneuverable. Once we’re into the mountains, and at our start point, the guides pump up the raft and give a comprehensive safety briefing and paddle training.

The first day on the water is fairly mellow with a few smaller rapids. We setup camp beside a towering waterfall with world class trout fishing for huge trout in the side creeks; where we provide some excellent food and drink to finish off the day.

Day 2 has all of the action, with plenty of grade 3-4 whitewater, and towering mountains on either side as we raft towards the coast. Stopping for lunch, we take a look at an old hunters cabin.

The last day we raft the Shark Tooth Rapids and spend the rest of the day on grade 2+ water as we navigate the last section back to the vehicles. You can opt to jet-boat out on the last day for an extra $150 per person.

Requirements: Minimum age 12. No previous experience required. Good swimming ability is necessary.
Activities: Helicopter, Rafting, Fishing, Swimming, Sightseeing, Exploring,
Provided: All Rafting, and Fishing Equipment, Tents, Sleeping Mats, Food
You Bring: Sleeping Bag, Swimsuit, Towel, Overnight Requirements

2 DAY/1 NIGHT TAIPO & WANGANUI RIVER (GRADE 3-5) WILDERNESS HOT POOL HELI RAFTING

Both of these rivers have natural hot pools and excellent whitewater rapids that are fun and technical, but not too extreme. These are perfect for families, couples, or groups of friends seeking a scenic and thrilling adventure.

Requirements: Regular conditions are grade 3-4, and require no previous experience, though good swimming abilities are necessary. Flood conditions are grade 4-5, and require previous rafting experience or a high fitness level.
Activities: Helicopter, Rafting, Hot Pools, Swimming, Camping
Provided: All Rafting and Fishing Equipment, Tents, Sleeping Mats, Food
You Bring: Sleeping Bag, Swimsuit, Towel, Overnight Requirements