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Westport - Wild Rivers Rafting

Raft the legendary "Earthquake Rapids" - a classic New Zealand whitewater raft run though a stunning rain forest.

Highlights

  • Ride down the legendary Buller River Earthquake Rapids, the section with the most whitewater in the Buller Gorge
  • Wild Rivers Rafting, Ltd. is river-guide owned and operated
  • Top qualified guides with combined 28+ years professional guiding on the mighty Buller River
  • Audited and certified by Maritime New Zealand and members of the New Zealand Rafting Association

Join us on a wild ride down the legendary Buller River Earthquake Rapids, the section with the most whitewater in the breath taking Buller Gorge.

Adventurers will experience plenty of white water action. Challenge yourself at the "swim" rapid and the optional 8 metre cliff jump.

First Rafting Trip? - No worries! Your guides will give you full rafting safety instruction and are committed to making your river trip not only safe, but the best experience possible.

Because the Buller River is a large volume wild river with no dams to regulate the flow, the rapid Grade 3 to 4 varies with rainfall. Ask us about the river flow when you book.

Duration: River time 2+ hours. Allow 4 hours total.

Meeting point: Meet your guides on SH 6 at the Iron Bridge between Murchison and Westport. We'll transport you to the river trip start. Please see the map or ask us for directions if unsure.

Adult $160.00
Child $85.00

What's included

  • All river equipment/safety gear
  • A snack and locally roasted Certified Organic Fairtrade coffee, tea or hot chocolate after your trip

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours duration for the whole experience

Restrictions

  • Minimum age 10 years old, or 13 when river is running high.

Notes

  • Child price applies to ages under 14 years.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to varying river and weather conditions, all customers MUST get in contact with the tour operator prior to their selected departure time to confirm departure. Wild Rivers Rafting reserves the right to cancel or postpone any trip for any reason such as adverse weather and river conditions.

Available Bookings from April 25 to May 01

Change Dates

All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

10:00 a.m.
Thu 25 Apr
Fri 26 Apr
Sat 27 Apr
Sun 28 Apr
Mon 29 Apr
Tue 30 Apr
Wed 1 May

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$119.00
  • Child$85.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$119.00
  • Child$85.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$119.00
  • Child$85.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$85.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$109.00
  • Child$85.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$114.90
  • Child$85.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Elizabeth from New Zealand wrote on 17 December 2016

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First-time Rafter

I've long wanted to go whitewater rafting, and when on the West Coast with a friend, decided to give it a go. I am not a swimmer and had never done anything like this before, so there were some nerves, but ... wow! The trip was amazing and I really hope to do more rafting in future years. I'd highly recommend this trip to others. Would have been great to have a GoPro for an option to purchase the video, or some on-the-river shots, but if you take your own camera someone will take photos from high above the river for some pretty cool shots, too.

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Emer-son from New Zealand wrote on 23 March 2018

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Amazing :)

A must thing to do when you're in Westport. We had a great time, Bruce and James is awesome :)

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Sue from Australia wrote on 12 December 2016

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You have to do this!

Had the best time rafting with Bruce and Marty. Bruce explained everything really well and gave clear instructions so, even though we were mostly novices, we successfully navigated the grade 4 rapids and had a fantastic afternoon with lots of laughs. Still pinching myself as I can't believe I have rafted grade 4 rapids! This is a must do trip.

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Alwyn from South Africa wrote on 04 December 2016

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Very good

The owners are awesome, had a great experience, thanks!

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James Cox from United Kingdom wrote on 14 April 2019

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White water rafting

I had the best time. All the staff were friendly, informative and very professional. Health and safety was a big thing and made us aware of the risks but i was put at ease by our guides knowledge and relaxed approach. The rapids themselves were awesome, some bigger than others but they really got the heart rate up as it was my first time rafting! After the rafting we were given hot coffee/hot chocolate and a cookie to warm up. All in all highly recommended.

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