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White Water Rafting from Christchurch

  • Full-day white water rafting excursion from Christchurch
  • Tackle the thrilling Grade 2 to 5 rapids of the Rangitata River
  • Admire the dramatic scenery of the Rangitata Gorge
White Water Rafting from Christchurch
From $150.88
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Rafting with TransportMost Popular
This tour includes. Pick up and Drop off in Christchurch, all equipment, 2.5hours on the water, BBQ after the trip.
From $167.72
Self Drive Rafting
You meet at our rafting Base at 12.30pm. All equipment is included, 2.5 hours on the water and a BBQ meal after.
From $150.88
The Rangitata River is one of the best spots for white water rafting in New Zealand, set against a dramatic gorge. Get your adrenaline pumping on this full-day rafting tour from Christchurch, and tackle the Grade 2 to 5 rapids, including thrilling bends, rocky outcrops, and serene river passes. BBQ dinner and hotel pick-up (optional) are included.
What to Expect
Depending on the tour option chosen, either begin your day with pick-up from your central Christchurch hotel between 9-9.30am, or make your own way to the rafting base by 11.30am. Once everyone has arrived, your instructor will take you through a safety briefing.

After the briefing, get suited up in your wetsuit, life jacket and helmet, and head out to the river to get started. Take the time to master basic manoeuvres under the guidance of your instructor, then set out on a thrilling 2- to 2.5-hour rafting adventure. Work together with your team to paddle downstream, tackle the hair-raising rapids and navigate rocky outcrops, and soak up the magnificent scenery of the Rangitata gorge along the way.

Back on dry land, head back to the lodge to warm up with a hot shower and get changed, before sitting down for dinner. After re-fuelling with a hearty BBQ feast (included) and admiring the action shots taken by your photographer (available to purchase), your day finishes around 5-5.30pm, after which you can make your own way back to the city, or enjoy drop-off back at your Christchurch hotel.

Please note: All equipment is provided, but you will need to bring a swimsuit to wear under your wetsuit and a towel. Tours are weather dependent, but run most days from October through to May.
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Reviews (167)
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Reviewed yesterday
Perfect Outdoor Activity

We were 3 friends and chose Rangitata Rafts for Rafting. It's cheaper to do it on the Rangitatat than in Queenstown. But it wasn't less fun! The team was friendly and professional and as it was a cloudy day, rafting was the perfect outdoor experience...More

Thank Reisekonsti
Reviewed 5 days ago
Christmas Function for staff!

A great day out for the team of 20 or so instead of the normal Christmas function! Boys loved it so much they want to do again next year! Collection and drop off, lunch at the Peel Forest cafe and then BBQ after satisfied all!...More

Thank GlendaB351
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Awesome rafting with Matt!

We had a fantastic time rafting through rapids from grade 1 to 5. Thanks to Matt’s expert guiding our raft got through the challenging grade 5 rapids without anyone falling out (none of us had done much rafting before)! Matt was full of enthusiasm from...More

Thank tlcphan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Awesome time!

Super impressed of how organized this company is and how great their team works together! Every member was very friendly and helpful. This is my second time rafting and it was so nice that they provided all the gear for you. We had James as...More

Thank lizzw2011
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Incredible experience!

The river is suited for all skill levels, but is particularly attractive for those rafting for the first time. The initial part of the river is flat, which means plenty of time for the staff to go through the basic fundamentals of rafting. We had...More

Thank Yee-Fun
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June 19, 2018|
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Response from Synapsegaba | Reviewed this property |
They don't. There is only a portion of the river which is Grade 5. Even then, I think there is an element of risk. If you prefer a gentler river, try rafting at Hammer Springs. It is about 3 hrs by car or coach north of... More