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The Rees Valley

The Experience

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The Rees Valley is situated near Glenorchy about 45min drive from Queenstown


After a breathtaking drive along the shores of Lake Wakitipu, stretch your legs with a gorgeous walk up the Rees Valley under the watchful eye of the towering Earnslaw Glacier to 25 Mile Creek for a well deserved lunch break. Then it's time to unload and inflate the boats for some training before attempting to check out an amazing (flow dependent) slot canyon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent cruising down shingle bed rapids, enjoying the stunning scenery, and improving our packrafting skills!




Pick up in Queenstown at 8:00am

We’ll drive to Glenorchy on one of the most beautiful drives in the country

about 20min on a gravel road and we are at the start

Sorting the gear & lunches for the day and we are of on a 10km hike up the rees valley

Crossing a few rivers and muddy section guarantee wet & muddy feet

After lunch we’ll blow up the boats and make our way down back to where we started

Back in Queenstown at about 5:00pm ( depending on group size & weather & river conditions )

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Trip Information

Departure : 

All year 

Queenstown Duke street opposite the Sofitel Hotel

at 8:00am

Duration :   

Approx 8-10 Hours 

Min Age :    

16 years and older 

Fitness requirements :  

Average fitness & swimming ability required 

  • The walk about 10km with 8kg backpack on easy but sometimes muddy uneaven terrain
  • The paddle ( float ) down river 12km

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