Super. Great staff, memorable, staff are taking good care of visitors. Expected a bit more of the BBQ.
Greatly organised, what an enthusiastic crew! There was plenty of time for preparations. The guides were very professional and cool. The equipment was good and the BBQ after was a great way to end the day.
Was really fun and the guide was so funny.
The rafting was grade 2-3-5. You learn what you need to do, so no worries. It was cool but we expected a bit more.
Great guys, rafting not as extreme as expected.
Great guides, very professional.
Great day out. nervous at first but guide Mike soon put our fears to rest. fantastic fun and recommend to anyone.
Fabian and Teresa
It was a REAL adventure, especially if you fall into the water at grade 5 - the highest grade you are able to raft; the jump from the 8m high cliffs was also great and teh beautiful landscape.
Nice and professional people. Wrote to them from Denmark and ordered without problems. They answered back immediately.
You can sleep onsite with your campervan (no power!), lunch and dinner are included - very nice! Great ride is marvelous, a lot of guidelines with the rafting. They take a lot of pictures (good ones you have to pay for).
We booked a rafting trip for my birthday, rearranged shifts so we had the weekend off and were keen to go. A brilliant morning of perfect weather was ruined by a call from Rangitata Rafts to say the day had been cancelled because other guests had not turned up. Really disappointing as we are limited in the time we can take off to do these activities.
Rangitata Rafts Ltd responds:
We totally understand your disppointment as we mentioned in our emails to you and prompted refunded your payment. We wish that the situation had been different but some of things are out of our control. We too were very frustated and let down when the other group cancelled at the last minute. But in the best interests of your safety we could not just take the two of you out on our grade 5 river on that day even though it was the perfect weather conditions. We hope that you still managed a lovely day together.
Super - cannot think of anything to improve!! Great food and base, great guides, very very very fun!
Awesome trip with an awesome crew loved the whole experience, great company with a great feed after do yourself a favor and DO IT...
AWSOME DAY OUT! Loved everything! THe food was amazing as well as the rafting itself!! Couldn't hoped for a better day. The guides are so cool (Jason, Simon etc) and ofcourse thanks to the awsome bus driver Billy! Overall, highly recommanded for anyone whos looking for an awsome day!
The guides were very knowlegable - one saved my life when our raft tipped!
Do you think you've already done everything in New Zealand. Maybe you don't have so much money left. Save some extra for the waterrafting in Rangitata! You're going to love it!
In Ragitata the have grades 1-5, all in the same river. I promise you, if you're just doing a grade 3, you're going to be disapointed! This one was great!
The day starts with a early lunch, following a drive to the river. Where the guides, in a fun way, explain how it's going to work in the water. Then the fun starts!
And why would it be enough with just rafting? You're also going to jump from som rocks, 5 and 10 meter high. Greatfun!!
When you're coming back, after three hours in the water, they cook you a nice BBQ.
What can I say; AMAZING!
I'll highly recomand you to try this out!
Best start ever in a country! First day in NZ an absolutely nice and relaxing day in this beautiful lodge! And the 2 day... oh my gooood... pure adventure on the rangitata river!
Jump from the Rock was wicked and the big wave was even better!!!!!!
I would do it everytime again. Thanks everybody for that great day
What an awesome day! Thanks to all the staff at Rangitata rafts for taking on our Staggs Party group. Especially to Dave and Teru - the fantastic guides that ended up with our group, you guys were awesome & we throughly enjoyed the whole day. Also thanks Billy for putting up with us on the bus. Great service, great location & experience, overall good value for money. Photos were very well done, however I didn't get any due to the cost. Will definately reccomend Rangitata Rafts to everyone!
Had a fun day rafting the Rangitata River. The staff were very friendly, and the cliff jumping was awesome!
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A day filled with beautiful Scenery, lots of laughs and great company. By far the best rafting trip with very exciting grade 5 rapids! The staff were fantastic and very friendly and got us back to our ship in time. We had a great time on the river and the drive to and from and will definatly do it again next time in NZ. Recomend it to anyone who wants to have a good day out with everything arranged on the river. We also got a chance to purchase a very cheap CD of photos to document the trip, hot showers and food. Definatly a 10/10 :D
Thanks for an awesome day yesterday! We all had a blast :) Our guide Jason was awesome, he made our trip so much fun...was a day full of laughter...I'll be recommending it to everyone...best day I've had in New Zealand so far!!!
Excellent staying at the rafting lodge the night before (best place we stayed for our whole trip), had a quick bike ride down to the river in the morning before going rafting. Great trip down the river with heaps of time for swimming down the river.
What a Day out!!! Loved every second of it great staff great location 10/10 all the way!!!
If your in the great NZ you have got to get to Rangitata Rafts and get stuck into white water rafting!!!
My boyfriend and I visited Rangitata Rafts in October 2009. We landed in Christchurch and went straight there as we already had booked the lodge accommodation for 1 evening, with rafting in the morning.........Finding the lodge was a little tricky but that was probably due to our map reading!!
The accommodation is simple, but that’s the best thing about it. It’s warm and cosy. When you get there you can cook dinner in the kitchen (there aren’t really any nearby shops, so ensure you take your food supply with you) or watch a movie, play a game or sit on the wonderful veranda and take in the view and fresh air. You can either book a dorm style room with bunk beds or a double room (no rooms come with en-suite).
So, the rafting…the next morning, we got up, had breakfast and mooched around a bit, then it was time….We had a safety briefing, got all our gear sorted and then headed off in the mini-bus to the river. The river is fantastic, such great scenery and wonderfully quiet. I’ve been rafting before and usually on commercial rivers, where several tour operators go, but on the day we went we were the only raft on the water! Perfect. There were 5 of us in the raft, including our instructor (Cam P) and off we went. We practiced different seating positions and again, were told safety tips. What I really liked was the way Cam described what it would be like if we did go over and how we would react in the water. No other operator I’ve rafted with before has done this (and believe me, I’m terrified of going in so this was actually really reassuring for me).
During the trip on the river you can play around, jump in from over hanging rocks etc. After all the fun you head back to the lodge for a hot shower and a BBQ, where you relax and watch a video of your adventure and can buy the photos. All in all this was amazing and I would 100% recommend this company for rafting. It’s in a beautiful area, with the best staff !
We had our most amazing experience in New Zealand on the Rangitata River! Thanks to heaps of ice-blue water, a clear sky, a great and really funny guide and a fantastic crew it was one of those unforgettable days. Although we mastered all the rapids, we ended up in the water anyway. First for a voluntary swim and then at the end of our 10 (!) meter jumps. Sooo scary!!! Thanks again to the Rangitata Rafting crew.
Franka and Steffen
I found myself bouncing down the Rangitata River, only 2 hours from Christchurch on a crisp, cold day at the end of the season. The previous week it had rained hard and the water level was high, 150 cubic metres of water per second rushing through a narrow gorge, setting us up for some serious white water. Mind-blowingly beautiful were the surroundings, reassuringly wonderful the guides, rafting the Rangitata was all we hoped it would be and more. Despite being terrified for 50% of the 2.5hour journey, everyone had a blast. This trip is a must for anyone wanting a few hours of heart racing fun.
Ciao, a Marzo sono stato in Nuova Zelanda ed ero curioso di partecipare ad un rafting. Per caso ho trovato in internet il sito di Rangitata Rafts e un po' dubbioso ho provato a contattarli. Sono sempre stati disponibilissimi ad ogni mail rispondevano in modo sollecito e molto cortese. Alla fine ho quindi deciso di partecipare. L'esperienza e' stata molto positiva. Pur non parlando benissimo l'inglese e capendo metà di quello che mi veniva detto, mi sono divertito moltissimo!!! L'organizzazione e' ottima, lo staff eccezionale e il rafting divertente! Ho provato poi a fare un altro rafting in un'altra località della Nuova Zelanda, ma non e' stato assolutamente all'altezza di questo!
Hi! I was in New Zealand in March and I was curious to participate to a rafting. By chance I found Rangitata Rafts site in internet and doubtful I tried to contact them. They were always available and they promptly responded to every mail and very courteously, so I decided to participate: the experience was really positive! Even if I don’t speak English well and I understood only half they told to me ;-) I enjoyed it very much! The organization was excellent, the staff exceptional and rafting funny! Then I tried to make another rafting elsewhere in New Zealand, but was not comparable to this!
Great day, we had a blast, The large team is professional, whilst not disregarding the fun part of it. You seriously feel well taken care of. We spent over 3 hours on the river, nothing felt rushed. The river is beautiful, and wiiilid. :-) Next to the rafting, you can jump up to 10 meters down the cliffs into the river, and also float through some of the less wild water on your own without the boat.
very nice place, good meals and a lot of fun on the river. Thanks to the team, it has been a wonderful end for my traveltime in new zealand!!
The team and rapids are amazing. The guides are knowledgeable and frendly and really care about your experience. The after rapids lunch was a bonus and hit the stop just right.
Thanks again guys.
The crew here are super cool!! The river offered awesome rapids from grade II to V and the staff made most of these. You get plenty of time on the river + have photos taken. The breakfast + lunch (included) was really good and overall we were made to feel really welcome.
Great day out. Friendly staff, beautiful location.
Great day out. Guides very informative, including the coach driver who took us from Christchurch. Really nice location and excellent BBQ afterwards. I had never been rafting before, but may well visit these guys again on my next trip to NZ visiting relatives.
This experience was definately the highlight of our trip! The team is great and the rafting itself was amazing. The transport to and from Christchurch was very helpful too and meant we could still participate even though we didn't hire a car. Thanks so much guys - it was awesome! :-) The photos are great too!!
Fantastic trip! Loved that they only do one trip a day as I didn't feel rushed at all, which is huge. Plus, they do on the river training, so you get to jump right onto the water quickly. A must for any rafting fan in NZ.
This trip was quality! Not only was the accommodation great, the food excellent and the equipment top notch, but the staff were a super friendly cool team who always made you feel welcome. They took the whole rafting experience to a new level and it was defiantly one of the most adventurous things I have done in new Zealand. A great place to tackle some really tough sections of the river and an awesome opportunity to really push yourself to the limit. It is off the beaten track as well, not on the mainstream travelers circuit which is one of its main selling points. The secluded location and unspoiled scenery makes it an adventure to never forget, not to mention the great value for money. Great work guys. Thanks for an awesome trip. I would strongly recommend everyone to give this company a go...you'll be hooked on rafting after for sure!
Ben was great! Such a kidder...in fact all the guides were awesome. Hell they helped me put my clothes on and even take them off ;) Made my friend go the next day cause I couldnt stop talking about it!
The best experinces in NZ, lovley place and staff.
Go for it ... you will not bee disepointed !!!
Very friendly guides, great food, incredible scenery and very REAL rapids!! They are definately grade 5!! =)
Great value for money A well organised team with excellent pre and post rafting facilities The guides have a sense of humour, are well qualified and are very personable Rana our 'driver' explained all the safety requirements well, made everyone welcome and did all he could for a full experience A great experience and no hesitation recommending
Great rafting trip, good package including the BBQ. The team obviously enjoy their work, and enjoy working together. The lodge is an excellent base to use for exploring the area, including Peel Forest, climbing spots, Mesopotamia etc
best thing i did in nz - great people and lovely spot - the accommodation is also good and worth checking out :)
Sensational rafting trip with friendly, experienced staff & guides.
We phoned to book on the trip & were invited to stay in their lodge which turned out to be a beautiful wooden building with comfy beds & a great lounge overlooking the valley & snowy peaks. We ended up staying 3 nights because they were so easy going & made us so welcome. On the day of the rafting we had brekkie though we didn't need it as we were treated to a table of food as a pre-run energy booster. Muz did our briefing (fun but functional) & everyone managed to layer up & get their warm kit on correctly with help from the team before boarding the bus to the river. Cam kept us entertained & informed on the 20min drive explaining the area & the river. There were 2 boats of punters & a 3rd raft with the safety kit additional guides trainees & a great photographer. The top 30minute section was dedicated to covering rafting techniques & 'Weka' our guide pulled several Kiwi Scenic Spins to make sure we checked out the stunning landscape before we got too much water in our faces on the grade 5’s below! The rapids were excellent not too short or tame & not too long & hairy scary (said from a kayaking background). We spent about 3 hours total on the river with a few stops to hop out & look at the drops before us to check everyone was happy. We also braved the jump rocks 6m or 10m into the river below which didn't feel too cold after our previous dunking upstream. The river having grade 5's is above the norm for scary bits but the guides were very experienced & made it a safe, educational, fun & unforgettable experience. We got to chuckle at the safety boat doing a capsize drill in one of the holes to train up a new guide before the drive back to the lodge. Awaiting us were hot showers & a fab BBQ to top up our tanks. I'll be back, I recommend you give these guys a day of your time & you won’t regret it. We were made so welcome & felt like friends rather than customers, these guys are the real kiwi deal.
Had a great time. Treated with respect from pick up at hotel to drop off. The guides were experienced and very accommodating. The service was outstanding. The actual rafting was well organised with experienced canoeists. Safety was of utmost importance. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. This was our first time rafting and we felt completely at ease. The lodge was clean and welcoming.
I been Rafting 4 times on different river what I enjoy about the rangitata. I wasnt rushed threw and treated like a number like some tours I have done. staff made me feel like apart of the crew and the tour was more than just Rafting we had swimming and jump rock and the day ended with a yummy BBq I didnt go back to the city on Bus decided to stayed at the lodge and was lucky to go see sheep get shorn on the farm next to Rangiata rafts I also learn to play touch Rugby with the guides and farm staff a real new zealand rural experience. I hope to go back to visit someday thankyou for good memorie
Great time rafting, but we were disappointed with how much time was used waiting for the camera raft to catch up to us. Though we were told that we'd have hours of time on the water, we ended up rafting actively for only an hour or so.
Awesome, had great raft guide. Pricey but worth it, also had a good local knowledge.
Amazing. Really good fun people, very friendly + helpful.
Great all day, grade 1-5 rapids, BBQ worth doing. Good people.
Also amazing. Really cool.
Rafting rank 5 was wicked tour was quite short with lots of waiting.
Awesome guides, awesome river. Got to jump off some sweet cliffs aswell.
Great guides - fun 3hours - excellent water.
Really laid back instructors made the day a good laugh.
An amazing rafting trip down the Rangitata River. Beautiful lodge in the middle of nowhere and guides that are second to none!
amazing experience, excellent and professional guides, beautiful place...
all you need for great fun!!!
What an amazing experience. We are two elderly people ( early 60.th). In Denmark we don`t have rivers, so a little worried we were. Mybe we were too old?. But no.The guides are very professional in their way of handeling everything,and put you very quickly at ease. We never worried about our safety.The day was perfect from the very beginning in the beautifully located cottage to the rafting and back again, where a bbq waited. Right after the rafting we could have done it once more. So don´t miss this.
We were a group of 4 (2 couples) in our 40's and because it suited our schedule to do the rafting we stayed for two nights in the two double rooms (only NZD$48 per night share facilities). What a brilliant decision of mine to do the rafting trip and stay there. The place is in a beautiful location, we used the facilities to cook our own bbq and had drinks with people from all over the planet and varying age groups, everyone was there for a good time. The rafting trip was amazing we are still talking about it now and looking at the photo's at home still feeling the buzz. I said to my wife i would do that trip right now again if i could, it was that good. PS anyone concerned about safety shouldn't the guides are very professional and put you at ease with their safety drills. Do yourselves a favour and go here and do this you will never forget it!!!!!!!!!
A really well-organised, adrenaline-packed day. The guides are excellent and do a great job of getting you in position to get through the rapids safely. Make sure you jump off the cliff into the water - it's refreshing!
Excellent rafting experience and guides. The trip is beautiful . The training in the beginning was not too long and you felt safe even while rafting the hard parts.
Brilliantly run experience. The equipment and briefing was tops and the guides really excelled in running the whole day. Got much more than I expected, from two feeds, a blast through some awesome whitewater, as well as jumps off the rocks into seriously cold water. Our guide Jason was lots of fun, and even managed to tip me out once!
Great raft, good team, the bbq could be a bit longer though.
Awesome day of wetness! Professional instructors, well organised and great snags at the end!
Just rememebr to smile, even though you've kacked yourself!!
A very well organised outfit and a good day's activity.
Experience for life!! Awesome and professional guides! "The river from the sky" really exist...
Awesome trip, did one in Rotorua and Rangitata and Rangitata the best by far!
The best adventure! Great guides, paddlers, and the water was awesome!
Wicked Fun! Exciting Rafting, Entertaining Guides and a Beautiful Place.
Amazing and chaotic and that just made it better!
Relaxed atmosphere, cool guides, good full day adventure. Nice that they pick up from Christchurch.
A bit expensive, mind you I have just come from Thailand so anything would be ! As far as the rafting goes, it was really good. Would recommend.
That was cool - the guides were amazing. Talked us through it all as we went.
Having already done grade 2 rafting in NZ, I found this to be more exciting and better value for money.
Really good day out. Grade 5 rapids, cliff dives, good crew. Recommend!!