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Rafting & Kayaking South Canterbury Rivers

South Canterbury NZ rivers provide an abundant playground for all manner of water pursuits. Ideal for a wide range of water-based activities such as boating, yachting, jet-skiing and swimming, the Central South Island rafting and kayaking areas are particularly well known. These experiences are easily accessible within a day trip from Christchurch or a short drive from any South Canterbury town.

At the foot of the rugged beauty of the Southern Alps flows the mighty Rangitata River. This stunning mountain scenery formed the backdrop for 'Edoras', in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Visitors from all over the world can enjoy a full day of adventure here, rafting the exhilarating rapids of the Rangitata Gorge - famed as some of New Zealand's most exciting stretches of white water and widely recognised as one of the best rafting experiences in New Zealand.

On the lower Rangitata River, a grade 2 option offers a more sedate experience for those after a more gentle ride or travelling with children.

Both options do not require any prior experience and include all safety gear, full safety briefing and guidance throughout from qualified and experienced guides.

With meals included, sharing your impressions with your hosts and other travellers ends a perfect day - connections made around the barbecue or camp fire often lead to lifelong friendships.

Small groups may also enjoy a personalised adventure package built around the needs of those in their group. A fun South Canterbury NZ kayak experience is a great way for families with younger children to go with the flow and experience beautiful South Canterbury NZ riverways.

Whether you're after a full-on Grade 5 river adventure, something more tranquil or a water adventure package built around your needs, browse our activities listings below or ask at one of our Visitor Centres for more information and tips from local experts.

For more South Canterbury information, contact our Timaru Visitor Centre 

For a full selection of South Canterbury NZ accommodation options, click here

To view other Central South Island Regional Highlights click here
Start of the Rangitata Rafting ExperienceKayaking - South Canterbury - Vicky O'ConnorRafting down the Rangitata River
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