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Kayaking New Zealand
Trip Overview
Kayaking some of New Zealands finest whitewater runs
Time Of Year: January - February
Price: 1625
Duration: 14 days
Departure Point: Christchurch, New Zealand
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If you're looking for fast flowing, adrenalin pumping whitewater then look no further. Welcome to New Zealand, a kayaker's paradise!

The people of New Zealand speak freely of a 'right to adventure' and they're definitely not wrong. As a grade III+/IV- paddler you will be like a child in a sweet shop with a multitude of amazing rivers just screaming to be run within this stunningly beautiful land. From the blinding free-flowing run through the Buller Gorge to heli-boating on the West Coast, this trip is one of the very best. And with the accompaniment of some of the world’s best kayakers it is certainly a trip not to be missed. Prepare to surpass your expectations!
  Getting stuck into the action in New Zealand!

Day One
Arrive Christchurch airport and drive to the Hurunui
(No meals included)

Day Two
Your first day paddling is on the Hurunui, a lovely medium volume Grade 3 river
(All meals included)

Day Three
Scenic coastal drive to Murchison and en route the opportunity to go whale watching or swimming with dolphins. We also have the opportunity to paddle the 11 metre Maruia Falls, a spectacular photo opportunity. Make camp and paddle the Doctors Creek section, finishing at our gorgeous camp
(All meals included, whale watching included. Swimming with Dolphins not included)

Day Four
Today is pure fun! We paddle the Buller river, featuring the sections, Earthquake, Gravity and O'Sullivans Rapids and a chance to take on Ariki Falls. Enjoy an late paddle on a balmy evening on the Matakitaki or Glenroy Rivers
(All meals included)

Day Five
We drive down the West Coast towards Greymouth. We stop en route to see the spectacular Punakaiki Rocks and their famous blowholes. Stop and surf... Tonight we camp at the Maniniapua Pub
(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day Six
Today has our first helicopter fly in. We drive to our takeout where we will meet the helicopter who will fly us two at a time up to the put in on the Whataroa. This is paddling at its best
(All meals included)

Day Seven
Another flight today in to the Hokitika river. Spectacular West Coast paddling. Drive to Lake Paringa for the evening
(All meals included)

Day Eight
An early start as we drive inland to our helicopter pickup point at the confluence of the Haast and Landsborough Rivers. An amazing half hour flight. We set up camp in amongst this crystal clear river and stunning glaciers
(All meals included)

Day Nine
We have great day planned on the water today. Plenty of fun rapids including the impressive "Hells Gate" With the gear raft taking all our equipment, there is the perfect opportunity to find and paddle plenty of play spots
(All meals included)

Day Ten
Paddle out of the Landsborough river and drive to Queenstown. Overnight in our hotel
(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day Eleven
A relaxed start to the day, as we drive and enjoy a fantastic paddle on the Kawerau. First paddle the "Dog Leg" section and in the afternoon a blast down the "Roaring Meg" section
(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day Twelve
A rest day to take in the great sights of Queenstown, the home of Bungy Jumping. Try paragliding or experience the world famous Shotover Jet
(Breakfast included)

Day Thirteen
After a drive to Geraldine we paddle the big water of the Rangitata. Overnight in our lodge and experience kiwi hospitality at its best
(All meals included)

Day Fourteen
Drive to Christchurch. Fly home
(Breakfast included)

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Trip Dossier
The trip dossier contains full and detailed information of the trip including:
  • Full Trip Itinerary
  • What is included in the trip
  • Exchange Rates
  • River Flows
  • Climate
  • Fitness and Safety
  • Dress code
  • Personal Equipment
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Dates & Pricing
Price includes: Airport pick-up and drop off, all accommodation, all meals (except where excluded in itinerary), guides, all transport during trip, permits.
Excludes: personal insurance, personal drinks (soft drinks, beer etc.), optional activities in Queenstown, international flight.
Kayak tour of New Zealand
06 January 2014 - 19 January 2014 14 days 1625
03 February 2014 - 16 February 2014 14 days 1625
05 January 2015 - 18 January 2015 14 days 1625
02 February 2015 - 15 February 2015 14 days 1625
Deposit 250
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