HELP!! Please....


Hi All,

I am really looking for everyone's advice.

I am going to be in NZ from 20th January 2006 to 10th Feb.

Am looking to cover as much of the North and South as possible and would like to get in as much boating as poss.

Problem 1 - It's not very long and there's other stuff to do.
Problem 2 - Girlfriend doesn't paddle

So I thought about a heli rafting (for her) Kayaking (for me) trip.

can anyone tell me where would be best to do this and what other rivers I should try and get done whilst I am over.
I paddle to approx 4+

Thanks for any advice, assistance.


jonathan's picture

Have you tried using Google?

I've already provided plenty of links in a previous post. I don't think you should expect that local paddlers are going to write an itinerary for you...

Good luck with your research.


riverdoggz's picture

HI Lukey,

sounds awesome..

will add this to the list for sure.

Keep it coming. I would love to have my itinerary written for me by the Guys who know best..



lukey's picture

Take sum time to visit Golden Bay (1 & half hrs NW of nelson) top of the South Island, great beaches, great artists / craftspeople, rock climbing (paynes ford crag), and if theres plenty of rain sum great grade 3/4/5 boating!!! & surf on the coast out the back of Farewell spit.

my favourite place in the world!
get the kayaking guidebook buddy!!!!


riverdoggz's picture

Hi Admin,

Thanks for the advice.
are rafting grades harder or easier than kayaking grades?

so If I understand your stars, it looks like

Wairoa River
Kaituna River
Motu River
Mohaka River

in the North Island and

Karamea River
Buller River
Landsborough River
Arahura River
Rangata River
Shotover River
Kawarau River

in the South Island are the ones to concentrate on.

Sounds good, will see If I can weave these into my trip.

Am going to fly into Auckland, pick up a Hire car and drive for three weeks.

Can anyone give me any advice on hiring boats, will need a creeker and a play boat. Will the guiding companies have boats or am I better to hire from a kayak store?

Also.. Has anyone got any advice on what other parts of New Zealand I shouldn't miss whilst i'm over.

and finally.. If anyone out there isn't averse to dragging this mad Scotsman down your local run please get in touch. Would prefer to paddle with you guys than book loads of guided trips.

Thanks again for any and all advice.


riverdoggz's picture


Well it looks like i'm only gonna get a couple of rivers done on my trip ; - (

can people help me out. I wasn't planning taking, boat paddle etc.

are there any companies that Guide and provide decent kit.



jonathan's picture

You can kayak and gf can raft the following:
(nb. these are rafting not kayaking grades; they don't always match)

North Island
* Wairoa River (grade 5)*
* Kaituna River (grade 5)*
* Rangitaiki River (grade 3 - 4)
* Motu River (grade 3 - 4), multi-day*
* Tongariro River (grade 2 - 3)
* Rangitikei River (grade 4 - 5)
* Wanganui River (grade 1-2), multi-day
* Mohaka River (grade 2 - 5), 1 day or multi-day*
* Mangahao River (grade 4 - 5)
* Otaki River (grade 2 - 3)
* Hutt River (grade 3)

South Island rivers:

* Karamea River (grade 5), heli, 1 day or multi-day*
* Buller River (grade 2 - 4)*
* Gray River (grade 4)
* Hokitika River (grade 3 - 4), heli
* Clarence River (grade 2 - 3), multi-day
* Whitcombe (grade 5), heli
* Perth River (grade 5), heli
* Whataroa River (grade 4), heli
* Landsborough River (grade 3 - 5), heli, multi-day*
* Waiatoto River (grade 4), heli?
* Arahura River (grade 4), heli*
* Whanganui River (grade 3 - 4), heli
* Waiau River (grade 2 - 3)
* Hurunui River (grade 3)
* Rangatata River (grade 5)*
* Shotover River (grade 5)*
* Kawarau River (grade 3 - 4)*



The rivers with *'s are the one's you may want to concentrate on if time is short, but that depends on what you're into, how you're getting around, how much money you want to spend, etc.