Clarence-River-Rafting-017A great introduction to rafting and the river environment. A perfect trip for first timers, even the most hesitant will enjoy this experience. Allow approximately 4 – 5 hours Experience the bouncy grade 2 water of the lower Clarence / Waiau Toa as we guide you down this fun section of the river.

For the Clarence-River-Rafting-023more adventurous, there is a rock jump and places to swim. We provide professional guides, all the white-water equipment needed. A light refreshment is provided along the way. You bring your swimming costume, towel, sunscreen and shoes/sandals to get wet and a thirst for fun and adventure. You can extend the experience and have a barbeque either before or after the trip.

We also offer an overnight camp and rafting experience


This is an opportunity to experience riverside camping with a little bit of rafting on the side. A fantastic way to introduce kids to the outdoors, this trip is very popular with school groups. Trips run from midday to midday.

This trip is on the same section of river as our half-day trip. We play around on the river and camp part of the way down, completing the journey to the beach the second day. A little bit of rafting and a whole lot of fun each day. There is plenty of time for swimming and jumping. Camp is set up beside the river, cooking is done over a fire, sleep in a tent or under the stars. Clarence River Rafting will supply all food, camping and rafting equipment as well as your transport to and from our base to the river.

Getting here…

Clarence River Rafting is located on SH1 (we are at the end of the road since the earthquake) 1 ½ hours south of Blenheim, or 2 hours from the Cook Strait ferry. Look for the red sign saying Clarence Rafting. Here’s a Google Map of our exact location.

Bring the whole family as many generations as you can find, a bunch of friends or a whole bunch of families and friends. Get together with a group of workmates, for team-building or to celebrate an occasion with us.

Come and check out the new landscape formed by the earthquake.

If you are planning on entering the Spring Challenge but have never rafted before this trip is a perfect training exercise.

Let us know what you would like to do – we can work with most plans and group sizes. No experience necessary Minimum age is 5 years.

Safety at all times

P1020789Clarence River Rafting has been running this river for over 15 years with an immaculate safety record. We operate under a Maritime NZ compliance certificate. Clarence River Rafting is a registered member of NZ Rivers Association for Professional Guides, all our guides are professionally qualified.

About the river… The Clarence / Waiau Toa at normal water levels is a grade 2 river. Grade 1 is flat but moving water. Grade 2 has regular medium-sized waves of less than 1 metre. The route through the rapids is easy to recognise and generally unobstructed, although there may be rocks in the main current or overhanging branches. Grade 3 has larger waves of up to 2 metres. There is a need to manoeuvre to negotiate rapids, and a passage may be difficult to recognise from the river. What does that translate to? The river is easy yet playful. There are times when your participation is needed, and there are times when you can relax and take in the magnificent scenery.

River rafting is an adventure activity with a degree of risk. Participants should be aware that the rafting operator cannot absolutely guarantee their safety.
Having said that, please be assured that your safety is our first priority. Clarence River Rafting reserves the right to cancel trips if necessary.