This awesome scenic rafting adventure from Taihape New Zealand is especially suitable for families and those people wanting a more relaxed, scenic interaction with the Rangitikei River.

The river flows through beautiful papa (mud rock) canyon walls that reach up to 200 meters above the level of the water. Between each crystal clear pool, sparkling Grade 2 (easy) rapids tumble down through small greywacke boulders. Bordering the river is native forest and small flood plains. This natural corridor is home to a variety of bird life, including the rare New Zealand Falcon, Tui, and Bell Birds, Fantails, Spur Winged Plovers, and Paradise Ducks.

Your river guides will ensure that you are equipped with appropriate equipment, both to keep you warm and to keep you safe. The trip takes about 3.5 hours on river, with a picnic lunch stopover on the river bank. If weather conditions and time permit, then the group can take a hike up a side canyon to view the Ohutu Falls, the most reliable of the major waterfalls that feed the river.

Please Note: Taihape is located 231 km/144 mi from Wellington and 103 km/64 mi from Palmerston North. Transportation to Taihape is NOT included in the ticket price.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Ages 13+):
Child Rate
(Ages 5-12):

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Tour / Activity Details

Full day (approximately 3.5 hours on river)
9:30 am daily (October through April)

Minimum age is 5. Tour does NOT include hotel pick-up. Rates are per person in US dollars. Directions to the check-in location will be on your E-Ticket. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

COVID-19 Protocols Updates

  • The New Zealand government has outlined a five-step reopening plan. The border is now open to New Zealand citizens coming from anywhere in the world. By May 1, fully vaccinated people from Australia or visa waiver countries - including the United Kingdom, the United States and many European nations -- will be able to enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival. By October, all visa categories will reopen, including visitor visas.

Tour Includes

  • Wetsuit or fleece-lined paddle pants
  • Helmet
  • Lifejacket
  • Neoprene booties
  • Fleece top
  • Paddle jacket
  • On cooler days, neoprene gloves and neoprene socks
  • Dry bag or box to hold phones and cameras
  • Riverside picnic lunch

What to Bring

  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • A thirst for fun!

Minimum age is 5. Taihape is located 231 km from Wellington and 103 km from Palmerston North. Transportation to Taihape is NOT included in the ticket price. Tour does NOT include hotel pick-up. Directions to the check-in location will be on your E-Ticket. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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