Eco Rafting

Eco Rafting


38 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

3 Rafting

1 Franz Josef Glacier

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Multi-day heli rafting, grade 5 to scenic floats, for all budgets

Our adventures include day rafting, family rafting and scenic floats, and any length or level of multi-day heli-rafting through New Zealand's breathtaking wilderness. We also offer great fishing and hunting adventure options, too. With the vast number of river options along the coast, we have adventures to suit every level of thrill-seeker from mild to extreme.

We are owner operated and guided, with over a decade of knowledge running down these rivers. All of our guides are incredibly experienced, caring and entertaining, so there's never a dull moment. We do this because we love it, and because we love to share the fun.

We are a good ol’ bunch of adventurers who know their stuff and love to share the sheer beauty and excitement of our surroundings with everyone.


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Eco Rafting

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South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier


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Tom and Jemima Rawlings's avatar

Tom and Jemima Rawlings

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

One day rafting, very good guiding and good company safety etc.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Eco Rafting responds:

Hi guys, thanks for the feedback. Any way we can improve the trip to make it a 10 out of 10 for you?


GillClaireaux's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great trip! We took a gentle white water experience with Josh in December. Lots of stories, lots of laughing, lots of water; say no more ...

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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ashewmaker's avatar


United States

Ranking: 10/10

I first heard about Eco Rafting through friends that had come back with fantastic photos of their trip. I've rafted with my family in Idaho for most of my life, so when it came time for me to plan my NZ trip I knew that I wanted to go down the Whataroa with Eco Rafting!

I didn't contact them far enough in advance to get the exact day I wanted, but I was able to join a trip they already had scheduled a couple days later. It was easy to find the location where the helicopter was to pick us up, and they provided is with plenty of layers to keep us warm in the beautiful glacial waters.

The Whataroa was low that day, which made the rafting quite technical. Josh quickly got a feel for how good a crew we were and did a great job of explaining what we needed to do in each section. The trip was fantastic, and I would love to raft it again at a higher flow.

I'll also say that lunch spot was beautiful and I've mimicked Josh's bucket meal several times now with good success.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

grant99's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

My family and I went on an Adventure Fishing trip with Josh and it was hands down the best experience we have had while on holiday in nz. We have been on many fishing trips to nz and this trip was the best by a long shot. not only could I bring my family, they all enjoyed it and got to see first hand what fly fishing is all about. I will be back with some mates next year.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2012

tommy_tom48's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Me and my partner went on a full day heli raft on the Whataroa river. It was incredible! Scenery overload and the water is beautiful!
Josh and Darren were great guides and we felt extremely safe as Josh goes first through the rapids on a Kayak to check the path...He then took some great photos when we came through! Darren was awesome as well and really easy to have a yarn with throughout the day. The lunch they russelled up sitting below a water fall was great!

The trip is great, a helicopter ride up the river then raft out. Heaps of time on the water!! Great lunch and the freshest of water to drink straight from the river!

I can't reccomend this trip enough and it Is a must if on the West Coast. It was our favourite thing we did on our holiday which included a lot of acitivites, but this rained supreme!!

Thanks Eco-Rafting


Reviewed over 10 years ago

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biabo's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Awasome day out!!! Totally recommend it!! Exciting helicopter ride to river, great fun with the amazing crew and unbelievable paddling down the Whataroa! I've gone rafting in many places around the world but this is by far the best place you could do it! The scenery was stunning, our guide was super experienced and onto it at all times! Had lunch at the best swimming spot ever, jumped off some high cliffs and my fried even got to guide the raft for a while! Thanks guys for a great experience!! Hoping to paddle some other rivers with you soon!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

SarahB's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This was without a doubt the best thing I did in New Zealand!! I was a bit nervous beforehand but once we were on our way I was just amazed that I could have easily missed out on seeing the 'real West Coast'... the river is stunning and the rafting was really exciting..almost too exciting when I nearly fell out!. The guides were very professional in their own 'Kiwi' way! When they told me we were eating lunch from a bucket I thought they were joking but stick with it..its yum!! Thanks so much to the crew for a 'sweet as' Day!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Kia Ora!
1st time in New Zealand totally blast of mind off! It was totally amazing and awesome!!! Ecorafting trip with Johnny, Josh, Rich and Bonny was FANTASTICO! Hiking; camping on mountain, beside the river; cooking meals with paddles, deer hunting; eating venison; relaxing in natural hot pool and rafting down the river, what more can one ask for?! This is life!! I'll definitely be back again! G'bye until then!

Reviewed over 10 years ago