The river the scenery and the thrill of the ride. I strongly recommend this if you are passing through Mangaweka.

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We took 3 kids on the papa gorge trip and had a fabulous time. The scenery was amazing, the guide was fantastic, the cafe was lovely and the staff were all incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Whilst it is often difficult to find an activity suitable for all 3 kids, this one was a fun experience for all of us. it wasnt very challenging which was fine for our youngest, but the 14 year old wanted a bit more adventure, so we did spins on the rapid, bounced off the cliff and they all climbed up a rock ledge and jumped off into the gently flowing water. We only wished that we had camped there.

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Such lovely people, easy to find, informative and such fun! We have 2 boys (aged 2 1/2 and 4 1/2) and a 14 year old girl and it ticked all the boxes, Tom (our guide) asked for our sizes in advance to make sure all the life jackets would fit then went through the safety bit, told us how to fix ourselves securely in the boat (at this stage I'm panicking, thinking how do I do that with the boys- but I needn't have worried) and then took us on a glorious grade 2 ride along the river. The white water was enough to make us scream with delight but never panic and my daughter & husband paddled with the guide while I filmed the whole thing while holding onto my 2 year old! At no time did we feel unsafe- I say that as when I realised what I'd booked the thought did go through my head! The knowledge & the enthusiasm of the guide was great, he even pulled over onto the rocks to hunt for fossils while my 4 year old had a pee! (We found some great fossils too!!) We also camped for the night with our motorhome on a basic but attractive campsite which has a small playground. Overall I'd recommend this to any family or couple that wants a taster and doesn't mind getting wet! Thanks guys for a memorable experience!

Zoe, Richard, Hannah, Max & Sam, UK 

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Family Stay and Play!

Combine a night at our beautiful Awastone Campervan park with the Papa Gorge Family Whitewater Rafting trip for an experience both you and the kids will remember forever.  Numerous rapids, beautiful swimming pools, fossil rock and fun guides, combined with our riverside cafe meeting point to provide you with a safe and fun activity with true value for money.


Meeting times: The raft trip departs at 10am, the day you wake up at Awastone. We can change this to the afternoon trip upon arrival if you wish

Included: One nights powered campervan parking at Awastone and a  10am Family Fun rafting trip. Includes morning tea at our Awastone Riverside Cafe, transport from the river back to Awastone, all rafting equipment for your safety and comfort and of course our friendly guides to take you through your journey.

Price: $330 for 1 family travelling in 1 campervan.

Raft Kayak Camp
        Family Adventures since 1981

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