Tom and Jemima Rawlings
One day rafting, very good guiding and good company safety etc.
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?
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 ...
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.
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.
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!!
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!!
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!!
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!
Had a most wonderful experience with the Eco Rafting team; Josh, Rich and Johnny! The 'bootcamp' was an awesome time for an urban kid like me. Hike up to hot springs, deer hunting, camping out in the wilderness and a delicious camp cooked food. Rafting down the river the next morning was simply exhilarating. They make me feel safe yet adrenaline pumping the whole journey down.Bonnie the newbie of their team was also quite fun as he really got us doing lots of fun activities in the raft. Running around the raft while navigating past the rapids. Not forgetting Rich my hero, who rescued me immediately when I fell out of the raft! Thanks to Eco rafting for this great experience! I will definitely be back again!
First rafting experience in NZ, with the aim to do 2 day Landsborough, 2 day Mokinui and 3 day Karamea. Had inclement weather for most of the trip but ecorafting did their best to stick to the original plan and we only missed out on rafting the top section of the Mok. The upper section of the Mok was replaced with a trip on the Buller which was good too. A few organisational issues in sections due to weather and lack of communication but we had a great time. Hats off to the United Nations of ecorafting including Josh, Rich 'its a bit slippy' Cuddles, Mule, Bonnie, Justin and Darren they were all very friendly and competent guides who did their best to make sure the trip was a great experience for all. Their bucket lunch was an experience in itself. Karamea and Mokinui were awesome rivers, some great rapids and the portage on the Karamea was epic but overall good fun. We were also lucky enough to experience ecorafting's emotional underside in rescuing a poor duckling and then following its unfortunate demise two days organise a funeral (and floating pyre) on the Karamea. I'll be back to do Perth, Whataroa and Waitoto soon guys.
what a great experience! fly by helli, raft world class white water.
great food great people you cant ask for any more.
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Where do I start? First visit to NZ and I had 5 very full weeks but nothing compares to the day spent on the Whataroa with Weke and Josh leading the experience. As a novice rafter (!) I felt 100% confident in their ability and was on an adrenalin rush for the whole 5 hours. AWESOME!!! Any time I need a pick me up I just have a look at the amazing photos taken courtesy of Josh. And thanks Josh for not being like so many other experience groups who charged for every little thing. That perhaps enhanced it all the more - you all seem to do this because you love it and we're lucky enough to share the river with you.
I'm sitting in Seoul airport, half way home and without doubt your rafting ranks up there. For interested travelers you can only get a taste of what it's like by reading the reviews, go get it for yourself!
I rafted with Eco-Rafting back in March on the Whataroa. All I can say is, wow! I’ve rafted all over the United States, and I chose Eco-Rafting simply based on the amazing photos posted on the web-site. I must say, my expectations were high and they were not just met, but exceeded!
The day started with a scenic helicopter ride following the Whataroa up to our drop-off point. The scenic ride alone was amazing. Then after a safety briefing on land and on the water, we were off. The rapids were exhilarating and the river gorges were absolutely stunning. When we stopped for lunch, Josh led us back to waterfall and crystal clear stream flowing into the blue waters of the Whataroa. If you were inclined, you could jump off the ledge for a swim. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. Lunch was delicious and fun (served out of a bucket with a paddle). After lunch, it was back on the river for more rapids, until we arrived at where we started our day. Wicker and Josh were fantastic guides. You could tell safety was a priority, but so was the fun and enjoyment of the day.
In summary, this was an amazing one-day excursion. I highly recommend Eco-Rafting. This trip on the Whataroa was top-notch and I’m sure it will be on any river with Josh and Eco-Rafting.
I rafted the Whataroa with EcoRafting last month. It was my first ever raft trip but most definately wont be my last! What an amazing trip! I don't think Ive ever laughted so much in one day!
The adventure started with a spectacular helicopter ride into the mountains, then some unbelievable whitewater, beautiful scenery and to top it of with a slap-up lunch in front of a giant waterfall.
I was impressed with the professionalism of the guides. I felt completely safe despite being in such a remote and extreme environment.
Thanks a lot to Josh and his team, I will be back next year to try the other rivers you have on offer!
Best trip I have ever done.
When my daughter is old enough we are going back over to do it again
We have done at least 10 rafting trips in the States including multi-day trips and one day trips. Our one day heli-rafting trip on the Karamea was our best experience yet.
Josh and Pat as guides made us feel extremely safe. We were the only raft on the river, and felt as if we were early explorers. The valley was beautiful, with waterfalls and crystal clear water, clean enough to drink from.
The bucket lunch was a treat, mixed and served with a paddle!
The helicopter gets you to places that would take days to reach, and very remote regions.
We highly recommend this experience!
A top experience in an amazing corner of the globe. From start to finish the team made me feel safe and happy. Thanks especially to Josh (the big man in charge), who is extremely knowledgeable, comical and looks like sideshow Bob off the Simpsons. Top marks, I thoroughly recommended it and will be going on another trip before I leave NZ.
I normally don't bother commenting on these websites. Eco Rafting is now the exception. The day trip up the Whataroa is the best white water rafting day trip in NZ. Josh’s safety briefing and general instruction at the start of the trip was comprehensive, informative and surprisingly entertaining. The management of guests (some with no experience) was impressive to say the least, and it was obvious that the guides loved their jobs. The bucket food (tasting is believing....trust me) and waterfall jump at lunchtime was awesome. I'd go again in a heartbeat. The flight in with Heliservices and Puna the Pilot was the icing on the big phat cake of happiness.
I had the privilege of being part of Eco Rafting's inaugural trip down the Landsborough River, and am pleased to report that it was a trip of a lifetime! I had originally signed on to a trip on the Karamea river, but low water levels on the river led to us heading down to the Landsborough.
Not only did Josh pick me up from my accommodation in Karamea, he drove me down to his home and put me up for the two nights before the trip! I was treated to a great home-cooked meal, and had the pleasure of meeting his lovely wife and adorable children. Talk about kiwi hospitality!
The trip itself was simply amazing. The heli ride in was thrilling, and we were fortunate that it poured rain all night, as the river was absolutely pumping the next morning. We put in about 7km higher than the other operator on the river, which meant for some thrilling big-water rafting to start the day off with. We camped that night at a picturesque flat, and enjoyed a phenomenal dinner.
The next morning, we rafted what was by far the most exciting portion of the river - we even managed to paddle the one grade five rapid on the river (Hellfire, usually portaged), which was wild! Due to Josh's excellent leadership and Pat's expert guidance, I never once felt unsafe on the river.
I could go on and on, but suffice to say, it was by far the most amazing wilderness rafting trip I've ever been on. There is nothing commercial about Eco Rafting - these guys love what the do, and it shows. If you're at all into whitewater, you owe it to yourself to raft with Josh and his crew. I can't wait to get back down to the west coast for more!
Eco Rafting responds:
Good stuff mitch, cheers for the review and we will see you next time you come to NZ, we just got off the Landsborough today and some of the rapids have changed quite a bit from the big floods we had before christmas. I will tag you in a few of the photo's on facebook so you can see the changes.
Totally Radical. Fully Gnarly adventure. Session Perfection. 100% Primo. Booking and finding it - too easy. Wetsuits and gear - all provided. Heli ride up river - freakin' sweet. Rafting down - Fan-fuc*en-tastic. Cliff jump - my gluteals still ache. Secret Poo stories - bonza. Guides - legends. Lunch - top notch. Really good day and I wouldn't go rafting with anyone else (except perhaps Jennifer Aniston). Jolly Smashing.
Had a fantastic, awesome time with the boys rafting! Totally rate what they do. Nothing commercial about the operation. Just some fantastic guides who are passionate about what they do and so so keen to share the freakin' awesome time they have with anyone who is willing to jump in the raft. They luv what they do and want you to luv it to. They are top notch on safety but also rate on having a way out there adventure where you heart is pumping and you scream going through the rapids and the drops. Recommend the helicopter ride in. Recommend the extra layers of thermals. Recommend the lunch experience. Recommend the beautiful georges you rapid through. Recommend Josh (aka Rob, don't ask), Pat and Bluey. The day was 'sweet as'!
We did the Whataroa Helirafting day trip ... and what a great experience!! We loved it all ... the helicopter ride, the rafting, waterfalls, spectacular wilderness scenery and the great guides who know the river extremely well. We were very well looked after all day and now back in the UK reflecting that this was one of the most memorable awesome experiences of our 6 week holiday! The reviews and website say it as it is! We were rafting novices and no spring chickens, but didn't feel out of our depth. Ten out of ten.
This was definitely the highlight of our trip and a must do if you are visiting New Zealand. Both of us had gone white water rafting in other places of the world and we agree that going with Sweet As Adventures and Eco-Rafting was a day we will remember forever.
We had an awesome group of people and really enjoyed our tour guides Blue and Josh.
Kyler wanted to have fun on this trip and I (Bonnie) was hoping to get back in one peace. Josh, Blue and the team did more then that... We had a blast! And Bonnie can't stop talking about the helicopter ride and the rafting trip. Not bad for someone who was really terrified of going
Thanks Josh, Blue and the team
P.S.The best bucket lunch ever!
Eco Rafting responds:
Cheers Kyler, next time you come to NZ drop us a line and we will take you hunting and fishing, no charge. Josh
Definitely word going with these guys! Very professional, good fun and great lunch!
We did the Wataroa heli rafting trip, this was absolutely one of the highlights of our trip!!
Don't hesitate, just go!
What an excellent day. I was so nervous about my first experience at white water rafting, but Josh, Pat and Bluey made me feel completely at ease. Pat who was our guide for the day, explained everything that was happening and about to happen and made it a wonderful experience, one that I will never forget. Such a beautiful spot, the day was just magic. Thanks again Josh, Pat and Bluey - I will never forget that day spent at Whataroa. Also, the chopper ride was great!
Eco Rafting responds:
Cheers Rachel, your alright for an Aussie!
What a wicked day out on the Whataroa River with Josh and Blue !! Hands down the Best Dayz Rafting in NZ. These guys are amazing and so is the scenery.
First time my hubby and I signed up for a mutli-day rafting trip. Josh was a wonderful guide, host and friend. For urbanites like us who's out in the wild for the first time, we felt very taken care of. I like everyone's eco-conscious and we fish for our own meal...again a first for us. We love the other guides like Blue, Matthew, Agnes and Megan. They were great company. Just a pity that there was not much rainfall and thus the river level was wee bit low. Would defnitely be back agin, we are hooked!
Well beyond my expectations. The rafting on the Mokihinui with Josh Blue and Pat was a trip of a life time. It was one of the most exciting trips I have ever done and the 6lb brown trout on the fly line was a bonus.
The 3 days spent rafting on the Mokihinui were the highlight of our month's NZ holiday. Josh, Blue and Pat are well organised, very safety conscious and took us to a spectacular river for a great way to experience the beauty and wildness of the West coast. The rafting was exciting and active with a good balance of adrenaline and fun, and evenings around the fire with great company very memorable. Food was really fresh and totally delicious, and if you have to do one thing in NZ, do this.
Had a fantastic time on the Karamea (NW South Island) with Josh and his crew, even though it pelted down rain on our first day, causing flood for our second day. Highly adaptable and resourceful, felt safe to be out in the wilderness with him even when the Karamea was in spate (don't worry, we waited out the dangerous levels!) Great fun, great experience and can't wait to get in a raft with them again!
Eco Rafting responds:
Cheers mate, Whataroa on the cards next time round aye, or maybe the 5 day walk in to the Karamea. Josh
What an introduction to wilderness multi day rafting for my 12year old daughter. We rafted the Waiatoto river with Sweet As Adventures. Beautiful valley all to ourselves with a great chopper flight in. Josh and his crew where great to be with. Patient, laid back, but at the same time very professional with all aspects of the trip from coping with the bad weather, warming us up after our inadvertent swim (lighting the campfire in pouring rain) to their superb campsite cooking. We will never forget the strawberries and pepper and the bucket lunch, served 1 paddle or 2.
If you're planning a rafting trip in NZ I definitely recommend Josh and his crew . Maybe next time we will choose the river with the hot springs in them though!
Absolutely awesome, beautiful gorge and great rapids. Thanks Eco Rafting!!!
it was awesome!
had lots of fun, and the guides are great!
I had a great time Rafting. Josh made the experience better that great. I constantly felt safe however had the thrill of my life. I have rafted in many places and worked at a rafting company and I would pick to raft here agian of any place. The guides are great, experience is great. I have nothing negative to say. Go rafting!!
Josh with Sweet As made our trip more than memorable. We got great directions, suited up and heli'd off to the spot with no trouble. Very efficient. Felt very safe with a thorough safety tour. The river was wild at times and definitely fun. We managed somehow to stay in the boat. Josh's stories kept us VERY entertained during the couple slow spots. His instruction was spot on. I am already dreaming of coming back to do the Perth with him someday.
Eco Rafting responds:
Crikey Courtney, 1 point off the magic 10 there, next time you will have to jump off the high rock jump, or come up the Perth aye
This is the best rafting i have ever found in my travels not only clean across New Zealand but from traveling and working as a Raft Guide all over Canada, Central America, Australia, Tasmania and NZ!! If you are in the Neighbourhood don't even hesitate about spending the dollars to make it happen!!
Awesome trip. We did the Whataroa heli-rafting trip and it was just great!!! Go for it!
so much fun. the guides were great, beautiful gorge!