Most of our trips are group bookings. With a minimum of 6 people you can embark on your private wilderness adventure and enjoy our stunning river valleys. Get in touch through the Contact Us page if a private booking suits your group.

3 Day trip

We think this trip is one of the best things you could do for a long weekend. The river part of this trip starts at Dart Stream. The ‘getting there’ is a big part of the trip. There are two options – fly in by helicopter or a 4WD trip through Bluff Station. Whichever option you decide to take it definitely adds to the adventure. The helicopter trip starts from Clarence, pops over the Seaward Kaikōura range and down into the beginning of the Sawtooth Gorge. The drive takes you on a spectacular trip through Bluff Station, a rare opportunity to see some amazing geology in one of New Zealand’s largest high country stations.

This includes everything our 5 day trip offers, same delicious food and wine, same knowledge.  We just run the last 80km of the river. An awesome river trip for the time poor, or as an introduction to multi-day wilderness adventures.

Please note that both these options are weather dependent.

4 Day trip

This is the same trip as the 5 day trip, same section of river – only difference is the time taken. The river can easily be run in 4 days if it is running high, but there is no way of predicting how much water will be in the river at any one time (spring time is usually higher). For this trip you need to be fit and prepared for early starts and plenty of paddling.

4 day adventures are best run before Christmas, giving us the best chance of high spring flows. September and October, though cooler offer amazing mountain vistas and nice steady flows. An amazing time of year to see the river

Overnight Trip

This is a short trip on the lower section of the river –almost like an introduction to rafting and camping. For more details go to the Half Day page.


Have a go at guiding a raft under the supervision of one of our guides. We can offer a training session prior to the trip if you are unsure of your skills. You can take this option on any of our trips – multi-day or half-day. See Rentals.

Self Catered

Same trip, same equipment, same guides; but you supply the food and do the cooking. For group bookings only.


Longer, shorter or custom trips

If the river is high, it is possible to do a shorter trip – maybe you want the exercise and paddling is your thing.

Take 6 or more days, drive the Molesworth, have a rest day in the middle, explore some of the side valleys, climb one of the peaks or stay a night at Muzzle Station.

If you have other ideas or specific interests, contact us and we will help you make them reality.