Waiau & Kepler Track

The Experience

Raft & Ramble

Paddle the Waiau ( River Anduin ) to Lake Manapouri and walk back through the lush forest of the Kepler track


Adventure, that's all I Want..

Our Waiau full day trip will give you the chance to "get to grips" with the innovative packrafts and see their full potential in some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery, Fiordland National Park. We will take you down the beautiful Waiau river near Te Anau practising some Packrafting & river skills. Get up close and personal with nature and experience the excitement and one-of-a-kind thrills of Packrafting.


After stopping for a well deserved (and delicious) lunch somewhere on the river, we continue downstream (one word) until we reach Lake Manapouri, where we'll take time to enjoy the beautiful beaches, stunning views of the Kepler Mountains, and soak in the surroundings before packing up. Finish the day with a walk along the world famous Kepler track (one of New Zealand's "Great Walks") as it wends it's way along the edge of Fiordland National Park, one of the great wilderness areas of the southern hemisphere. 



Pick up in Te Anau at 8:30 am

10 min drive to our start location

Sort out gear and lunches for the day

Following the Waiau River for about 20km of floating and up to class 2 rapids

We reach shallow bay ( Lake Manapouri early afternoon ) Time for a swim !?

Pack up our boats and make our way back on the Kepler Track ( about 7km )

Depending on group size & river conditions back in Te Anau around 5 pm

Raft & Ramble

Trip Information

Departure : 

All year from Te Anau

68 Town Centre ( Wild rides ) at  8:20 am

Duration :   

Approx 8 Hours 

Min Age :    

14 years and older 

Fitness requirements :  

Average fitness & swimming ability required 

  • The walk is about 6km with 8kg backpack on easy terrain
  • The paddle section is a good mix of floating and class 2 rapid excitement of about 20km

What to bring :  

  • Sturdy footwear ( running shoes are fine - will get wet )
  • Extra dry shoes and socks ( for after trip )
  • Weather appropriate walking / hiking clothing
  • Hat ( optional )
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothing if rainy day
  • Waterproof camera
  • Drink bottle 

 We provide:  

  • Dry bags
  • Specialist gear 
  • Lunch

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The weather in Fiordland can be very unpredictable and change dramatically, very quickly; the close proximity of towering mountains and the ocean makes for conditions and temperatures that can vary markedly during the course of a day. Fiordland is one of the wettest places on the planet.

Summer months average around 20°C but the evenings can be a little cooler. Winter temperatures average around 10°C on the coast with the evenings much colder.It is not unusual to experience both summer and winter conditions and temperatures on the same day!

It is important to be prepared for the worst conditions carry the appropriate clothing at all times. In the event of extreme weather, your safety is our priority and parts of the day may need to be changed. Any decision to do so is a professional decision made by your guide, please respect their decision as it is based on experience and with your safety in mind.

Regardless of the conditions you experience, sun, rain, a combination of the two, or anything in between, your experience on our day trips will be a memorable one.

New Zealand's Ultimate Packrafting Adventure - Unique, Unparalleled & Thrilling