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Suitable for first time Packrafters
Suitable for first time packrafters. A one day, self-guided trip with a few choose your own adventure options for those with enough confidence to in the outdoors to look after themselves. Transport, training, and all specialty gear provided. 

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.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • 2 people as min
  • Min age is 15 years of age
  • You need to be able to swim
  • All rentals include packrafting skill & safety training
  • All rentals are on the Waiau River and Lake Manapouri
  • Start at 8:30am & back in town by ~6:00pm
  • Personal / Group guides are optional

Package Information :

  • Experience Level = BEGINNER
  • Prices are based on a min of 2 people per booking
  • Intro to packrafts & basic river training 
  • Standard rental gear : Boat, Paddle, Pfd
    • Optional : Wetsuit, Drybags
  • 24 km River paddle 
  • 2 km Lake paddle
  • 6 km walk on an easy trail
  • Shuttle to and from your adventure day 

Please Note : After the training we are expecting a certain skill level for you to continue on your own. If you do not meet that minimum skill level we reserve the right to not rent out our gear for the reminder of the day. We will however come up with some other options in that case.

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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.

    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. 

    WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you arrange personal travel/medical insurance. This will protect you for any loss of fares if you need to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Weather

    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 3 day tour will be a memorable one.

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