Wellington White Water Rafting Tours
Action packed adventures 45 minutes from Wellington CBD.
From the adrenaline of the Akatarawa Canyons to the relaxing scenic experience of Te Awa Kairangi River, Wellington Rafting has something for everyone!
Wellington Rafting is a commercial river operation based in Upper Hutt, Wellington. In Wellington we provide trips on Te Awa Kairangi (The Hutt River) from Kaitoke Regional Park and the Akatarawa/Hutt River Confluence. We also provide trips in the Wairarapa on the Waiohine River from the end of Waiohine Gorge Road and from Totara Flats in the Tararua Ranges via helicopter access.
This is a must-do experience for anyone looking for something new to do in Wellington’s big backyard.
Scenic & Wilderness Rafting Trips
Come and experience the hidden gems of your local Wellington and Wairarapa rivers. Paddle down exciting white water while taking in the amazing, untouched native New Zealand scenery. You will be accompanied, along your journey, by our fun-loving and experienced river guides, who will keep you safe and entertained.
White water rafting is a unique and exciting journey! This adventure is the perfect experience for all occasions. Our Grade 2 Scenic trip is recommended for family groups and younger participants. Our Grade 3 Wilderness trip is recommended for team building, Christmas parties, birthday parties and stag/hens parties.
Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River Grade 3 Wilderness Rafting – Raft your way down the mighty Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River. This river adventure is jam-packed full of rapids and a must-do experience! One of our excellent white water rafting guides will take good care of you on this epic adventure while entertaining you along the way with cheesy jokes. This three to four hour trip is an epic way to bond with family and friends while rafting 10km’s of grade 3 rapids. We’ll stop halfway to enjoy light refreshments and warm up with a hot drink.
Te Awa Kairangi/Hutt River Grade 2 Scenic Rafting Tour – The lower section of Te Awa Kairangi makes the perfect trip for first-time rafters and is a great way to build up confidence before trying the Grade 3 Wilderness trip. White water rafting is the perfect way to spend the day with your friends or family on the river. The lower section of Te Awa Kairangi (Hutt River) makes the perfect trip for first-time rafters and is a great way to build up confidence before trying the Grade 3 Wilderness trip. Enjoy a relaxing two hour scenic float with some astonishing scenery and exciting little rapids.
Inflatable Kayaks / Double Duckie River Trips (Wairarapa)
Head over to the Wairarapa region and experience a relaxing scenic float down the beautiful Waiohine River. This Grade 2 White Water Rafting adventure on the Waiohine River promises to be an exciting experience for both nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers who enjoy breathtaking landscapes. Take a two-hour river journey from Waiohine Gorge Road to Devils Creek and immerse yourself in the peaceful and tranquil environment. Perfect for those visiting or living in the Waiarapa region.
Helicopter Access Whitewater Rafting
Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush with helicopter access white water rafting and kayaking! Soar into the breathtaking heart of the gorgeous Tararua ranges via a thrilling helicopter ride, equipped with all necessary river gear, delicious food, and a group of fellow thrill-seekers. Then, hold on tight as you embark on a 4-5 hour descent down the wild and wonderful Waiohine river.
Akatarawa Forest Canyoning Trip
The adventure begins with a thorough safety briefing including a demonstration on how to rappel /abseil a rope followed by a 20 minute walk along an old logging track into the Akatarawa forest where the first feature of the Little Akatarawa Canyon tour begins.
An exciting zipline into the Little Akatarawa canyon followed by four waterfall descents repelling/abseiling by rope into the heart of the canyon, we lower you through the first waterfall to get you comfortable in the environment then if you are confident and want to do an independent abseil, our experienced team of guides are there for support to coach you through the activity making sure you are safe and having fun.
Wading through a shallow creek and jumping from height into fresh pristine water (optional) is so much fun and the scenery is truly an experience to remember. The Little Akatarawa Canyon has got to be the greatest little hidden gem in the Wellington region being only a 40 minute drive from the CBD we are so lucky to have such a cool adventure on the doorstep of the capital city, Wellington.