Whitewater rafting near Franz Josef Glacier

Whitewater rafting near Franz Josef Glacier

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Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Duration: from 1 half day to full day
  • Cancellation policy: 
    strict1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Roddy Nugget Cafe, 5 Moorhouse st, Ross 7812 (exact address to be confirmed with instructor prior to activity)
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Feel the full force of a grade 3 rapid on epic whitewater rafting excursions in the heart Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

Work as a team to tackle the torrents, currents, and obstacles as you take on one of the world's most exciting whitewater rafting routes in the heart of the Southern Alps. Learn how to dodge mighty rock faces and hold on tight as you speed downriver superhighways on this all-action adventure into the unknown.

Location
Situated in the village of Fran Josef - part of Westland Tai Poutini National Park, the iconic home of the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers stretching from the sea into the mountains, this tour operates in a 1-hour radius of two glacial rivers - Whataroa River and Mikonui River. The 2 meeting points for whitewater rafting are located on the main N°6 highway in small towns and are very easy to find (Whataroa and Ross). 

Activity
Operating during the summer season, each activity will be organised based on the condition and grade of the river. Varying from grade 2  to grade 3, choose from family-friendly half days, full days and scenic packages starting from groups of 4. Commencing with a safety and equipment briefing, groups will float down a flat water section before entering the canyon - navigating huge limestone gorges, whitewater drops, and big volume rapids. Based on the full day or half day option, you will either return to the main highway or travel downstream for lunch and a second, more daring section of the Whataroa River or Mikonui River. All the higher grade rivers have walk around options and jumps are recommended but not essential.

Conditions & river grading
Grade 1: Flatwater generally unobstructed passage.
Grade 2:
Small to medium sized waves and a few obstacles.
Grade 3:
Fairly high waves and the passage may be difficult to recognize from on the river.
Grade 4:
High, powerful, irregular waves, with the passage often difficult to recognize and negotiate.
Grade 5:
Very difficult rapids, High-powerful-irregular waves, difficult to negotiate, the extreme for commercial operations.

Offers

1
Rafting: Half Day

Enjoy a 2-hour rafting adventure on grade 2-3 river (excluding safety briefing, gear rental & paddle exercises)

Activity requirements

Weight, height, and shoe size info to be communicated to the instructor before activity date.

Special terms

Age restrictions may apply depending on river flow and grading.
Date, duration, and location are subject to weather restrictions.
The activity takes place with a min. of 4 participants.

Do not forget to bring
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Water/snacks
  • GoPro/Camera
Sensation Level:Adventurous
Fitness level:Everybody welcome
Duration:1 half day
Minimum Age:minimum 8 y/o
Meeting point:
Roddy Nugget Cafe, 5 Moorhouse st, Ross 7812 (exact address to be confirmed with instructor prior to activity)
Included:
  • Rafting guide
  • All necessary equipment/protection
  • Wetsuit/booties/helmet/lifevest
  • Session photos
Excluded:
  • Optional transport ($ 50 NZD p.p)
2
Rafting: Full Day

Enjoy a 5-hour rafting adventure on grade 2-3 river including lunch (excluding safety briefing, gear rental & paddle exercises)

Activity requirements

Weight, height, and shoe size info to be communicated to the instructor before activity date.

Special terms

Age restrictions may apply depending on river flow and grading.
Date, duration, and location are subject to weather restrictions.
The activity takes place with a min. of 4 participants.

Do not forget to bring
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • GoPro/Camera
Sensation Level:Adventurous
Fitness level:Everybody welcome
Duration:full day
Minimum Age:minimum 8 y/o
Meeting point:
Roddy Nugget Cafe, 5 Moorhouse st, Ross 7812 (exact address to be confirmed with instructor prior to activity)
Included:
  • Rafting guide
  • All necessary equipment/protection
  • Wetsuit/booties/helmet/lifevest
  • Picnic lunch
  • Session photos
Excluded:
  • Optional transport ($ 50 NZD p.p)
3
Heli Rafting: Half Day

Enjoy a 2-hour rafting adventure on grade 2-3 river (excluding safety briefing, gear rental & paddle exercises), and take an helicopter to get to the rafting site.

Activity requirements

Weight, height, and shoe size info to be communicated to the instructor before activity date.

Special terms

Age restrictions may apply depending on river flow and grading.
Date, duration, and location are subject to weather restrictions.
The activity takes place with a min. of 4 participants.

Do not forget to bring
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Water/snacks
  • GoPro/Camera
Sensation Level:Adventurous
Fitness level:Everybody welcome
Duration:1 half day
Minimum Age:minimum 10 y/o
Meeting point:
Roddy Nugget Cafe, 5 Moorhouse st, Ross 7812 (exact address to be confirmed with instructor prior to activity)
Included:
  • Rafting guide
  • All necessary equipment/protection
  • Wetsuit/booties/helmet/lifevest
  • Session photos
Excluded:
  • Optional transport ($ 50 NZD p.p)

Meeting point

Roddy Nugget Cafe, 5 Moorhouse st, Ross 7812 (exact address to be confirmed with instructor prior to activity) Get directions
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27/11 - 30/11
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