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Packraft Wanaka ‘Raft’ plus Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka provided by Wanaka River Journeys

Packraft Wanaka ‘Raft’ plus Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka

Packraft Wanaka ‘Raft’ plus Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk Tour from Wanaka
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from $399.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 47316P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
All gear required for jet boating and Packrafting • Picnic lunch and snacks • Courtesy shuttle • Photos • Lunch • Snacks • Bottled water • Entry/Admission - Wanaka River Journeys
Exclusions
Not suitable for ages 9 years and under
Duration
7h 30m
Departure details
99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand Outside of the Wanaka i-SITE (information centre)
Inclusions
All gear required for jet boating and Packrafting • Picnic lunch and snacks • Courtesy shuttle • Photos • Lunch • Snacks • Bottled water • Entry/Admission - Wanaka River Journeys
Exclusions
Not suitable for ages 9 years and under
Departure details
99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand Outside of the Wanaka i-SITE (information centre)
Duration
7h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Child age is 10-14 years
Clients Must be able to swim
Please supply weight and height and any dietary requirements
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    99 Ardmore Street
    99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
    Outside of the Wanaka i-SITE (information centre)
    See address & details
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    Wanaka River Journeys
    Stop: 7 hours - Admission included
    For the experience of a lifetime join Wanaka River Journeys on New Zealand’s only Jet Boat, Walk & Packraft adventure, deep into the mountains of middle earth: Matukituki Valley. Jet boat the spectacular Matukituki River beneath glaciers and Mount Aspiring. Speed through shallow braids, drift into turns and hold on for cool spins… Travel to a place special and serene, surrounded by mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and forests to explore on foot a secluded mountain pathway. Walk 30 mins “pack on your back” to tranquil turquoise pools for lunch & photos before the fun of packrafting begins. Packrafts are perfect for those who want a real wilderness experience away from the crowds. On-board these small, fun & stable rafts, follow the rivers’ flow way, ride the wave trains, and paddle into calm pools to surround yourself in nature in an area so breathtaking you won’t want to leave. This is the perfect mix of fun, excitement and adventure in the most beautiful landscape there is.
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  • You'll end at
    99 Ardmore Street
    99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
    Outside of the Wanaka i-SITE (information centre)
    See address & details
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Tim Jervis
2 contributions
Epic day
Jan 2021 • Couples
We did the pack raft trip and it was awesome, can't think of a better way to spend the day in Aspiring National Park - the team were great and we had the best day we could hope for.
Written 22 January 2021
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Dorothy Murphy
1 contribution
A fantastic day out
Jan 2021 • Family
From the moment we were picked up, our guides were friendly, professional and focused on giving us a fun and safe day out. Our kids loved the experience, as did we. The scenery was outstanding, the gear was all in really good condition, and we felt safe and well looked after the whole time. We loved both the waterfall walks, and the food was delicious! A fantastic day out that we didn’t want to end. (We would have loved to stay on the river a bit longer!) Thanks so much.
Written 12 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sightsee583777
2 contributions
Packrafting on the Matukituki River, Wanaka
Jan 2021
Pack rafting down the Matukituki River from Raspberry Creek.
What an amazing experience for our family. They were really well organised. Nothing was too much trouble including catering lunch for our daughter with her many food intolerances. The scenery was stunning, the rafting fun and the walks to the waterfalls amazing. Would definitely rate this as one of the best things our family have done together. Teenagers all enjoyed loved it as well. Great value for money for a whole day adventure.
Written 11 January 2021
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Steff
1 contribution
Absolute bliss
Feb 2020
One of the best organised days out I've had so far in New Zealand. I've never been on a jet boat and absolutely loved it. It was so much fun and on top we received lots of information about the nature, wildlife, mountains and LOTR film spots surrounding us. Plenty of stops to take photos of the breath taking surroundings as well. After being dropped off we embarked on a nature walk through native forest (Middle Earth really does exist, you'll see) before having lunch at a secluded beautiful beach by the river... and don't get me started on the lunch! I can eat a lot but this was the biggest yummiest sandwich ever, not to mention the little treats included for everyone.
Courtney, our guide and white water royalty, was funny, extremely knowledgeable and absolutely awesome and I felt completely safe when out on the river. There is enough time to practise your skills on rapids, float down the river, enjoy the breathtaking scenery and have a swim (or skip stones as the kiwis like to do). Personally I didn't want the day to end. Unfortunately it had to but real fruit ice cream for everyone made it much easier to bear.
I'll be joining this trip again whenever I am back in beautiful Aotearoa.
Written 23 March 2020
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Companion610683
3 contributions
The best mix of activities!
Mar 2020 • Friends
We had a wonderful day in the jet boat, walking around the forest and fields, and then rafting down the rapids. It was fun, informative, and a full day of activities you may not normally do. The logistics ran super smoothly and we had a fun time! Thanks!
Written 11 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

markowellington
2 contributions
Wicked day out
Feb 2020
Wicked day out, everything sorted and always felt the guides knew it was our day out, not theirs. A hot crystal clear day just made the rafting even better. A bonus ice cream at the end too. All round can only but recommend it. Seriously awesome day.
Written 29 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Katarina T
3 contributions
A dream Journey
Feb 2020
Three adventures packed into one day. The Jet boat was super cool and Ben our driver stopped multiple times for photos and to tell us about the area including where parts of Lord of the Rings was shot, thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride and loved getting to the native forest at the top. This is where we walked through the most gorgeous Beech forest, a little Hobbit land of old lichen covered crooked trees and bright green moss on the forest floor. We made our way to the river where we had a delicious packed lunch with multiple goodies inside then got ready for our Pack rafting. Courtney, our fantastic guide, took us down the river and made it fun and we felt safe. The river was superb as we bumbled, swam and splashed about on the hot day. Thanks Courtney for making it so fab! Absolutely loved the day and we finished with a real fruit ice cream. Such a dream day and on Valentine's day with my new hubby too!! How perfect xoxox
Written 17 February 2020
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Mfd
1 contribution
Great day on the river
Feb 2020 • Couples
We did the jet boat, nature walk and pack raft and had a fantastic time. The jet boat was exciting and a great way to see the transition from farmland near the lake to native forest and glaciers further up the valley.

The nature walk was lovely, visiting a waterfall and walking through old beech forest covered in mosses and ferns.

The pack raft was the highlight, with Courtney gearing us up and advising us on how the navigate the river. The river is pretty gentle with chances to swim and cool down, and the pack rafts feel super stable and manoeuvrable. All the kit was clean and well maintained, and both guides were fantastic. Thanks!
Written 14 February 2020
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Alex C
1 contribution
A highlight
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I did the full day of jet boat, nature walking and pack rafting (kayaking) with Courtney while we were in Wanaka.

It was definitely a highlight of our trip!

The whole experience was designed well and we felt well taken of.

Courtney was able to give us incredible insight across a variety of subject; nature, travel and local life.

Highly recommend, such a great day and lunch was epic!
Written 7 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

marty418
Austin, TX34 contributions
Fabulous jetboat/kayak trip.
If you want to do one extraordinary thing on the South Island of New Zealand this should be it. The scenery is staggering and the guides are knowledgeable and friendly and fun! And it’s a tie on whether the jet boat or the kayaking is better. Both are excellent.
Written 27 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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StraightTrippinYo
StraightTrippinYo
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I Liked Going Around in Circles
An actual quote from my girlfriend, with whom I took this trip. Hey, our guide was awesome, the scenery was specta
Elaine0505
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A thrilling experience
Excellent jet boat journey with stunning scenery and informative guide. Enjoyed the exciting ride and the wilderne
Spencer T
Spencer T
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Up the river
Excellent opportunity to get to an area that usually is not easily accessed, and see the variations in vegetation a
DORIT A
DORIT A
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our most entertaining and enjoyable experience in NZ tilll now
it's avert good organized touristic experience. nice to fly on the river w a jet boat with an amazing skipper an
Cheryl C
Cheryl C
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Fun, scenic, great tour
Was looking forward to this tour as part of our stay in Wanaka, and it was fantastic! There's plenty of places to d
jgabothwell
jgabothwell
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Twitcher
Fantastic trip thanks Benjamin, very informative loved all the spins!!!!! The glacier was awesome I certainly woul
KEH278
KEH278
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Amazing scenery! A must!
This is a must for scenic viewing around Wanaka! Such a beautiful area, the boat ride and the walk made us feel so
KateS948
KateS948
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Stunning Views on a Beautiful River
Going up the Matukituki river by jet boat was a delight from start to finish. Ben was a knowledgeable guide and a f
simonsB5883SR
simonsB5883SR
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A great experience
A really exciting experience through wonderful scenery. The team were great and really helpful. We would highly rec
cscac
cscac
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Amazing
The 4 Cali girls visited New Zealand and joined Benjamin on his jet boat tour of the Wanaka River. This was by far
MinnesotaLaurie
MinnesotaLaurie
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Best in New Zealand
Thrilling, spectacular scenery, off the beaten path! River Journeys takes you places you can only get with these je
NickiM95
NickiM95
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Thrilling, delightful and informative
A brilliant trip from start to finish. The ride up the Matutikitiki River on a jet boat with a driver who is passi
Scenic824330
Scenic824330
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Morning trip in Summer
This was probably the top thing we did while in Wanaka for a week. Excellent service from the pick-up, the jet boat
janedavis2009
janedavis2009
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Great river adventure
I organised the 1pm trip from Wanaka . All of us were collected promptly for the short coach ride and then waited
Q9663FGkellys
Q9663FGkellys
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Highlight of our trip!
We loved this excursion the most out of the many we did on our honeymoon. Our driver, James, was a great guide and
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