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Hanmer Springs Rafting Adventure

  • 2-hour Hanmer Springs rafting adventure
  • Paddle through the Waiau River’s grade II rapids with a guide
  • Gain insight into Hanmer Springs’ folklore and heritage
Hanmer Springs Rafting Adventure
From USD 116.63
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2-hour Rafting adventure at 2pm
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Challenge yourself against the choppy Waiau River on this family-friendly 2-hour rafting adventure in Hanmer Springs. Choose a morning or afternoon tour, then pull on your wetsuit, grab your paddle and head out onto the swirling Waiau River with a guide. During your tour, navigate the bumpy grade II rapids and enjoy breathtaking views over the soaring peaks and marble land formations. Watch the waters for salmon and trout as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich folklore, and perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim along the way.
What to Expect

Meet your qualified rafting guide at the base of the Waiau Ferry Bridge in Hanmer Springs. After you put on your wetsuit, booties, helmet, and life jacket and receive a safety briefing, it's time to get on the water. The tour is suitable for people of all ages, but children must be able to fit the safety gear to participate.

Venture out for some family-friendly fun in the morning or afternoon, depending on your selection at booking. Search the clear waters for salmon and trout as you float down the Waiau River canyon and paddle over Grade II rapids, perfect for novices or those wanting a more relaxing experience. Throughout the 2-hour trip, you'll receive simple instructions on rafting techniques. 

Listen to your guide’s commentary about the river's natural history while you marvel at features such as twisted rock, swimming holes, and pink marble. On occasion there's even time to leap out of the raft for a float, so be sure to bring your own swimwear and a towel along with your sense of adventure.

Reviews (8)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed 20 October 2018
Two absoluetlly must dos

We had an absolutely great rafting experience down river then the jet boat back. The river was a grade 2 on the day which made it exciting in parts and peaceful in others. We had 3 staff members with us, Aaron our Chief Guide and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Christine C
HanmerSpringsAttract, Manager at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Hi ChristineC, thanks for taking the time to review and for giving us such a great review. I'm sure the crew will appreciate such positive feedback, even Zoe and Janelle who are in training. Enjoy the rest of your trip and hope we get to...More

Reviewed 18 June 2018
Refreshing & Relaxing

Fab raft experience for my partner & myself; though he nearly fell out of the raft, he clearly was not paying attention :-) Great guide, great info, great time. Highly recommended and would definitely go back! Excellent jet boat ride back up the river was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank GrantAnJaksR
HanmerSpringsAttract, Manager at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Hi Grant and Jaks, Glad to hear you enjoyed the rafting trip, its a really great introduction to rafting with some beautiful scenery. Good you liked our jet boat back up also. Enjoy the sunshine back up in Tauranga.

Reviewed 29 April 2018
great fun

had the best time amazing thr raft ride was great then the jet boat ride back was cool. the raft ride was a grade 2 witch is a very good start

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank dondonmilne
HanmerSpringsAttract, Manager at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Hi Dondonmilne, thanks for taking the time to review our raft trip, its defiantly a great introductory or fun low stress trip. Hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 20 February 2018
Thrills but no spills

Informative, fun, entertaining, wet, not a major challenge but a great starter. Opportunities and bulky safety wear. Recommended if you like to feel a safe challenge. Only problem, as a sole traveller no friend to take a photo - cost $35 for official photos.More

Date of experience: February 2018
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HanmerSpringsAttract, General Manager at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Hi satisfiedcustomer810, Thanks for taking the time to review, we pride ourselves on the thrills without the spills. With our photos we encourage our guests to hold on the jet boat for safety reasons and we concentrate on quality photos. These are then available for...More

Reviewed 6 February 2018
Fun, safe wonderful rafting and jet boat experience

It was a first experience of rafting. We felt very safe and confident with our guide. Then, rafting the river during nearly one hour has been a delight ! Return on jet boat has been pure fun, and again, very safe. We do recommend this...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank ParisVimi
HanmerSpringsAttract, General Manager at Hanmer Springs Attractions, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Hi ParisVimmi, Thanks for taking the time to review, its a fantastic gentle rafting trip and we always have safety first. Good to hear you also enjoyed the return jet boat trip back up the river. Hope fully we see you back soon.

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Mandy M
27 November 2018|
Response from Christine C | Reviewed this property |
A bit of rain wouldn't take anything away from the trip. Going to get a bit wet anyway !!! We would still go.