This is a world-class, half-day white water rafting trip on the Rangitikei River. With 10 major Grade 4 and 5 rapids on this 12 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids, there is plenty to get excited about!

Often recognised as one of the top half day Grade 5 White Water Rafting Trips in the world, your trip on the Rangitikei starts off easier, with sections of fun Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids, great practice for what lies ahead! You will experience rapids that start at out easy and culminate in the gorge, a section of the river where 10 major rapids from Grade 3+ to Grade 5 line up one after the other to thrill you and excite you.

This is a world-class white water rafting run with famous rapids such as Max's Drop, Fulcrum and Foamy. In fact there are 10 major Grade 4-5 rapids on this 12 km run, plus numerous smaller rapids. There are 2 sizes of raft, several private access points, and excellent customer equipment. This allows us to run the grade 5 rapids of the Rangitikei White Water section all summer and winter long.

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

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Ages 13+):
$145.37

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Tour / Activity Details

approximately 4.5 hours
8:15 am & 12:30 pm daily (October through April)
8:15 am daily (May through September)

Minimum age is 13. Minimum 3 persons required for tour to operate. 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. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

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.

New Zealand Rafting History

During the late 1970's white water rafting was the cutting edge, new adventure activity. Starting in the USA, the pursuit of white water rafting spread to New Zealand. About 1978, the Rangitikei River Grade 5 section white water was first run in a raft. One or two hardy adventurers had kayaked it previously in fibreglass kayaks, and over a space of several years a metal canoe had clanged it's way down - portaging most of the rapids. Commercial white water rafting trips started happening in the early 1980s, with River Valley running it's first white water rafting trips in 1982. Guides back then were keen rather than highly skilled, while early raft design often left a lot to be desired. Guides are now still keen, but standards in every other way are immeasurably higher!

Tour Includes

  • Wetsuit or fleece-lined paddle pants
  • Helmet
  • Lifejacket
  • Neoprene booties
  • Fleece top
  • Paddle jacket
  • On cooler days, neoprene gloves and neoprene socks

What to Bring

  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • A thirst for fun!
  • Guests are allowed to bring GoPro’s on this trip, however guides do not encourage this as they tend to get lost – it is at your own risk.

Minimum age is 13. Minimum 3 persons required for tour to operate. 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. 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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