QUEENSTOWN

QUEENSTOWN

A great first time Packrafting experience!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • The tour is run by IPIA certified professional packrafting guides.
  • We require 2 people minimum for the tour to run
  • Minimum age is 12 years, though the trip may not be suitable for all 12 year olds!  Please ask.
  • All participants need to be able to swim
  • Tour includes all the required instruction and is suitable for absolute beginners!
  • We provide all the specialty gear–boats, paddles, lifejackets, wetsuits, and helmets.
  • Start at 8:30am & back in town by around 5:30pm
  • Lunch included

PACKRAFTS ARE

  • Super light, weighing as little as 2.3 kg!
  • Extremely stable, even in whitewater.
  • Small, packing down to the size of one man tent
  • Super robust and hard to damage, but easy to fix
  • Much more comfortable then a normal kayak 
  • Highly addictive (consider yourself warned…)
  • Able to carry heaps of gear, even a bike!

Packrafting, in short, is a mix of kayaking (or rafting) and tramping. They are paddled like a kayak but have the stability of a Raft. The boats themselves are super light and  fold down to the size of a one man tent.

Additional Tour Information :

  • Departs from and returns to Queenstown
  • ~8 km walking and ~8 km paddling
  • Operates in most weather conditions
  • Stunning scenery is 100% guaranteed!
  • Lunch options available for those with special dietary needs.
  • Operates via our partners, Packrafting Queenstown

NEXT STEPS…

INTERESTED? But not quite sure if the tour is for you?  Just stick your email in the box below and we’ll send a detailed information packet right to your inbox to help you decide.  

Are you READY TO COMMIT? Then scroll down to the “Registration” links to check dates, prices, or to book a spot in a a tour!

Or, you can ASK US A QUESTION. If you can’t already tell, we’re always happy to talk about packrafting!

BOOKING PROCESS

  1. Use the Check Dates & Prices buttons below in the registration section to fill in the booking form for the dates you prefer
  2. When you’re ready, payment can be bank transfer or Credit Card (+3%)
  3. Feel free to give us a call or email if you have more questions

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Bob Perry
Bob Perry
2019-08-07T06:54:07+0000
A really professional organisation. Excellent instruction and guiding and always willing to organise a flexible programme that meets your needs. This is the third time that I have packrafted with Arno and his team and I would highly recommend Packrafting NZ to anybody, from beginner to seasoned packrafter.read more
Nick Owen
Nick Owen
2019-04-25T06:23:15+0000
Fantastic day learning to Packraft on the Waiau and Eglinton rivers with Arno. Excellent teaching, skills practice and beautiful rivers to paddle on. This has already changed the way I look at the mountains, rivers and lakes. I'll be back for more before I plan my first adventure with a Packraft!!!! 🙂read more
Gëorgë Leell
Gëorgë Leell
2019-03-27T20:08:45+0000
This is a must for someone looking for a real adventure! Breath-taking scenery. Lots of wildlife (we saw fish, deer, penguins, dolphins, a shark and tons of other birds). A bit of adrenaline and some wicked guys. Great value for money for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is a must do.read more
Bella King
Bella King
2019-03-24T20:34:32+0000
Andy and Arno are the greatest pair you could hope to have guide you through an epic adventure. So much wisdom to impart, stories to share and plenty of laughs to be had. Not overbearing or smothering with their expert guidance, happy to help whenever needed and always up for a giggle. Best week of my life doing the Hollyford Pyke loop, cannot recommend this trip and this company/dream team highly enough!! Do yourself a favour and link up with Packrafting NZ now!!! no excuses!read more
Matthew Tyrrell
Matthew Tyrrell
2018-12-25T21:13:04+0000
Great Skills & Safety course taken with Arno and Andy, they did really well to accommodate a group with a wide skill set and worked with my lack of experience to help push a lot of boundaries. Great fun despite the chilly conditions 🥶read more
Carl Justcarl
Carl Justcarl
2018-02-13T07:03:55+0000
Professional with friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you want the best guides or instructors for packrafting in NZ these are the guys.read more
Brandon Purdue
Brandon Purdue
2017-09-04T02:56:40+0000
Great folk and great adventures, give packrafting a go, you will have a blast!
Vaughn Filmer
Vaughn Filmer
2017-04-09T21:07:09+0000
Awesome company to work with. Top quality gear and great guides with a ton of knowledge. Have used these guys for multiple school trips and attended an advanced river rescue course. All fantastic missions with loads of learning and tons of fun. If you haven't been on a trip, you need to sign up.read more
Rachel Prasek
Rachel Prasek
2017-02-04T09:15:55+0000
Arno was such a fantastic guide and had us cracking up the whole trip. The sights were absolutely breathtaking and I would do this 100x over again. It was a truly amazing experience!!!read more
Rachael Roy
Rachael Roy
2016-10-22T01:00:25+0000
Amazing trip great to learn new skills on the water. Loved how much fun it was and to see some spectacular scenery at the same time. Fabulous way to get around on water and land, it's amazing how you can carry your raft anywhere. Loved it!read more
Astrid Maes
Astrid Maes
2016-10-02T06:43:25+0000
Katrina Tai Peacock
Katrina Tai Peacock
2016-04-02T00:41:58+0000
One of the best trip i have done in New Zealand. 😀
Joel Bilbe
Joel Bilbe
2016-01-22T06:10:26+0000
Absolutely sick day!! The guides are great and the experience in itself is one of a kind. A must do!
Amy Bursten
Amy Bursten
2015-12-29T07:32:41+0000
This was the most relaxing and fun day. It was the highlight of my 9 days in Queenstown. Thanks guys I had a wonderful time. 🙂read more
Sonia Bambi Stander
Sonia Bambi Stander
2015-12-13T21:30:21+0000
Charlie Vale
Charlie Vale
2015-11-09T09:11:52+0000
Best trip in Queenstown. An NZ must do. Go and explore mountains, canyons, rivers and get stuck into the great outdoors before sleeping under a starry sky after laughs around the camp fire. A once in a lifetime, never forget experience.read more
Corey Bz
Corey Bz
2015-05-17T09:45:07+0000
Xing Dong Yan
Xing Dong Yan
2015-02-23T05:55:15+0000
Mike Friday
Mike Friday
2015-02-14T19:51:43+0000
Jose Orlando Marques
Jose Orlando Marques
2014-12-20T08:33:48+0000
Muito legal!
Francisco Alves
Francisco Alves
2014-12-12T02:32:51+0000
Sherdil Khan Rohani
Sherdil Khan Rohani
2014-05-16T16:52:52+0000
Georgie Carrington
Georgie Carrington
2014-05-09T07:11:48+0000
Carmen O'Brien
Carmen O'Brien
2014-04-03T09:03:15+0000
Huw Miles
Huw Miles
2014-03-14T06:11:50+0000
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TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • When you book a spot in a course or on a trip, or reserve a rental boat, we require a 25% deposit of the total cost. This secures your spot or reservation.
  • The balance of payments should be paid no later than four weeks prior to the departure/rental date unless other arrangements are made. If you don’t do this, we may cancel your booking or reservation, so make sure to keep track of time as your trip is getting nearer.  In this case, you won’t get your deposit back.  
  • If you need to cancel your trip or reservation after you’ve paid, you’ll get a refund based on how far in advance of the trip you cancel.  
  • If it’s more than 12 weeks out, we’ll refund the entire amount, including the deposit, but minus the 1.9% fee which we’ve had to pay to the booking system (sorry!). 
  • If it’s between 8 and 12 weeks until your big adventure, you’ll lose your deposit, but get back all of the rest. 
  • Between 4 and 8 weeks you’ll lose the deposit, and get back 80% of the rest. 
  • Within 4 weeks no refund applies.
  • Once your trips, rentals or course has commenced no refund applies due to any circumstances.

GOOD NEWS!  If you do need to cancel, we’re happy to honor your booking or reservation by moving it to another available date, whenever possible.  We’ll extend this courtesy for up to a year from the date of your original trip or rental reservation, so just get in touch.

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