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

A full safety briefing is given at the river before we begin our journey. A satellite phone is carried on all wilderness trips. 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.

Our Rivers

  • The Waiau-Toa/Clarence multi-day trip is grade 2/2+
  • The Waiau-Toa/Clarence half-day trip is grade 2
  • The Waiau-Uwha/Waiau multi-day trip is grade 3/4
  • The Waiau-Uwha/Waiau day trip is grade 2+/3

Grade 1

Rapids are small regular waves. The passage is clear and easy to recognise and negotiate. Care may be needed with obstacles like fallen trees and bridge piers.

Grade 2

Rapids have regular medium sized waves (less than 1 metre), low ledges or drops, easy eddies and gradual bends. The passage is easy to recognize and is generally unobstructed although there may be rocks in the main current, overhanging branches or log jams.

Grade 3

Rapids with fairly high waves (1-2 metres), broken water, stoppers and strong eddies, exposed rocks and small falls. The passage may be difficult to recognize from the river and manouvering to negotiate the rapid is required.

Grade 4

Difficult rapids with high, powerful, irregular waves, broken water, often boiling eddies, strong stoppers, ledges, drops and dangerous exposed rocks. The passage is often difficult to recognize and precise and sequential manoeuvering is required.’