Combo for River Rats

2 Rivers 1 day

The Experience

The Combo for River rats

This trip is best suited for people with a little bit of paddling experience and a sense of adventure

The River Rats combo will focus on mastering the innovative Packrafts in some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery the Waiau River & Eglinton River. In the morning we will focus on practising Packrafting and river skills in preparation for the fantastic ride on the crystal clear Eglinton River and through the Eglinton Canyon. You will paddle 2 awesome rivers in one day & learn some new skills.


We will spend the morning on the Waiau River learning all the skills you need to safely paddle the more challenging Eglinton River in the afternoon. Navigating eddies and hunting some rapids we will make our way down the river to Rainbow Reach for a well deserved break. After a delicious lunch we will make our way up one of the most beautiful drives in New Zealand, if not in the world the "Milford Road" to our afternoon start location for the Eglinton River. Getting our boats and gear ready for the second time feels a lot easier and we can focus a little more on our spectacular surroundings.

The paddle down the Eglinton River and through the beautiful canyon is something you will remember for a long time, so have your camera and GoPro ready.




Morning :

Pick up in Te Anau at 8:30am
10 min drive to our start location
Morning spend on waiau which is a good mix between scenic floating and up to class 2 Rapids

Afternoon :

Scenic drive up to the Eglinton on the famous Milford road
Blowing up the boats one more time before exploring the Eglinto River which is
a lot smaller, narrower then the Waiau in the morning
Explorer an awesome gorge on the way down and maybe take a swim under a waterfall
Back in Te Anau about 5 pm

Combo for River Rats

Trip Information

Departure : 

All year from Te Anau 

68 Town centre at Wild Rides

Duration :   

Approx 10 Hours

Min Age :    

16 years and older 

Requirements :  

Average fitness & swimming ability required 

  • The walk is about 1500m to and from river to vehicle
  • The paddle is about 12 km on Waiau river in the morning & about 10 km on the Eglington afternoon
  • Basic paddling skills are a must as afternoon may require more boat handling and manoeuvring 

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.

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