White Water Rafting & Sledging, everywhere

Riversurfing/ White Water Sledging has been nominated one of the greatest water adventure in the world by Lonely Planet.

White Water Rafting

About White Water Rafting

A challenging adventure sport, white water rafting was designed to excite and thrill passengers by throwing them in an inflatable raft and send them down different degrees of rough water. Also known as 'grades' the speed of the rapids in the water determine it's grade, ranging from 1-5:

White Water Rafting Grades:

Grade 1: Small rough areas - Skill Level: Very Basic
Grade 2: Some rough water - Skill level: basic paddling skill
Grade 3: Whitewater, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger - Skill level: experienced paddling skills
Grade 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable drop - Skill level: whitewater experience
Grade 5: Whitewater, large waves, large volume, possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering - Skill level: advanced whitewater experience

About White Water Sledging

In the late 70's some keen Frenchmen were lying on bags full of lifejackets and polystyrene and floating downstream through river rapids high up in the Alps. In 1981 the first sledge or "hydrospeed" was built and since it's become a recognized sport with competitions organized every year. River purpose-designed and built right here in New Zealand, the sledge is the best way to get up close and personal with the awesome white water.

Rafting grades also apply to white water sledging.

Scroll down to see a selection of White Water Rafting & Sledging tour guides throughout New Zealand.


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