I’m no stranger to white water, in my younger years I was fortunate enough to raft the Kicking Horse in Alberta Canada while visiting the Calgary Stampede. I have also been smashed rafting the mighty Zambezi River (Grade V) from Vic Falls in Zimbabwe in the early 90’s – but this is the first time I have ever been on a multi day rafting trip and certainly nothing this remote.
Where is it and what makes it so special?
The Landsborough is a glacier fed (cold), cobalt blue river that flows 50 km (31 mi) from the Southern Alps through the West Coast and into the wild Tasman Sea. It flows from north to south along the South Island’s Main Divide and links Mount Cook and Westland National Parks with Mt Aspiring National Park, flowing into the Haast River. This river sports some interesting grade III and IV rapids.
Unadulterated Natural Beauty
The Landsborough valley is known for its dense silver beech forest that blankets the gullies and rugged ridges as far as the snow line. At its head are impressive ice cliffs, glaciers and snowfields that cover the numerous peaks that during the thaw feed the the river below. Flanked by mountains rising thousands of meters above the white-water is festooned by giant granite boulders covering the valley – The valley is known for its abundance of Native birdlife.
Take a look at the video of our 3 day experience...