For those that have undertaken a river holiday before there is no need to be convinced
of the attributes that make up the experience.

Hugely popular in some parts of the world but rarely experienced in New Zealand, ironic because of the opportunities we have in this land of rivers, multiday river journeys are a holiday like no other.

Using the river as our road and rafts as our transport, we access those hard to get places and carry the luxuries with ease, theres no need to skimp and guests are often amazed at the relative luxury of a rafters campsite.

The Rangitikei River offers up a spectacular set of gorges, again, hard to access except by raft or kayak, and Awastone offers a number of trips to suit your available time and adventurous inclination.

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Wilderness Journeys

The middle gorges are a world away from the hustle and bustle of life and the best of them are impenetrable except via river travel. Nestle in round the campfire, enjoy delicious campfire meals and get the kids into the outdoors for the weekend. While the rafts are always on hand to transport the luxuries, kayaks are an option to carry the important its, you!

Our wilderness journeys have options of two, three or four days, all options taking in the jewel of the Rangitikei, the Mokai Gorge.

Two Day Wilderness Journey


We start at the head of the Mokai Gorge, lunch at the eerie 'Jurassic Park' waterfall and explore the rest of the magnificent gorges (yes, sometimes depicted as the river Anduin!) before settling into our remote riverside campsite. Relax by the fire while your guides prepare a scrumptious dinner over the same fire, a social affair, and the opportunity for sun downer drinks, cheeses and delicious dips.


Wake up to the smell of brewing coffee and breakfast, pancakes maybe or sizzling bacon for the carnivores, before journeying on down to the finish point.

Price: $569 adults / $429 children - based on 2 people, larger group special rates can apply.

Want more nights on the river? add $100 per night per person. Maximum of 4 nights.

2020 / 2021 Dates - Book your group in now.

28th, 29th & 30th Dec 2020

9th & 10th Jan 2021

14th, 15th & 16th Jan 2021

19th & 20th Jan 2021

1st, 2nd & 3rd Feb 2021

Have your own dates? Give us an email and let's see if we can fit you in!

Two Day Grade 5 Challenge

Experience the best whitewater NZ has to offer, on this two day adventure through the Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei. 


We start the trip high up on the Gentle Annie Road and journey down through to Mokai (our three day Grade 5 sneaks past this take out and takes in the Mokai Gorge).

This trip is for the more adventurous among you and the minimum age is 15 years

Price: $899 per person


Includes: lunches, dinner, breakfast and loads of snacks. Transport to and from the river, all camping equipment and rafting gear for your safety and comfort. And of course friendly and experienced guides!


Make it three days or even four! Take in the jewel of the Rangitikei, the Mokai Gorge. All options have a minimum of two people to run.

This trip is reasonably flow dependant, if we cannot run because of unsafe river conditions, we offer you an alternative date, alternative experience or a full refund of your deposit.

Awastone 2 day Family Adventure

Two days of river trips and a night at Awastone. Ideal for families with real little adventurers, not sure how the remote camping will go yet!

Your tents are set up, a personal campfire and meals at Awastone. Well appointed toilets and bathrooms on hand to make your adventure slightly less adventurous, camp stretchers, sleeping bags and chairs. 


If you want to experience riverside camping without committing to the remoteness then this is a good option for you.


Price: $295 per adult $275 per child

Price includes two rafting trips, all camping equipment, 2 x lunches, dinner and breakfast at Awastone. Minimum of 4 people applies.


Special Journeys

We have a close relationship with companies that explore other rivers around our beautiful country.

Especially for those that have already travelled with us we have a range of options for you to further your

river experiences. Often over the campfire the banter turns to stories of other rivers around the country

and there is an impressive list, from six day journeys starting high in the Southern Alps, to hike/raft

expeditions on the wild west coast.


Talk to us today to get in on a journey down one of these rivers.


Waiau River (Hanmer Springs) 

Clarence River (Kaikoura)

Ngauroro River (Central North Island)

Tongariro River (Central North Island)

Perth River (Hike over the Southern Alps to the rafting put on!)

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