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Rakaia Gorge Road | State Highway 72 Inland Scenic Route, Rakaia, New Zealand
+64 3-379 4082
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a sunny and warm day in Rakaia. Went walking next to the gorge and took a swim in the river. Stayed at the Rakaia Gorge Campsite which also is very nice

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vinnie197945
Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

Went out of our way back to Christchurch to see this but it was a dull gray in color today despite blue skies. Maybe recent rain? Didn't take time for the hike today.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tyegator
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

It was my second time trekking with my friends and it was amazing. So we had our food packed with us. We are at the car park and then started our 4 hours journey. To be honest it was tiring but the view was worth...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SushMush
Reviewed 4 November 2018

We really enjoyed this walk which we did one way, a distance of about 5 kms. We got the jet boat up the gorge and then got dropped of by the walkway. Would recommend you wear proper walking shoes not jandals. Walk took about 2...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Diane B
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

Literally fell upon this gorge as I drove along the scenic inland route. The colour of the water is amazing. There is a lovely campsite adjacent and a stunning viewing point. There is a very long trek that follows the route of the river which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Eimear99
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Sunny weather but windy which is typical of NZ spring season. The track is in very good condition and easy to walk along. Stunning views of the river and cliff faces, a few waterfalls and gorgeous lush bush. One of the better walks I have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank vgrace51
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Even in the misty rain was a great walk. Took us 3,5hours with a lunch stop in the middle. Great view of the gorge and river. Beautiful bird sound and bush as well. Worth the diversion to see the coal mines. Would recommend

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 79aimeer
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

As you can see by the date we walked, it was Autumn, and the colours were great! The track difficulty was moderate, and damp in places. But the views were wonderful and colourful. Strongly recommended if you are in this area in this season.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank John D
Reviewed 11 April 2018

Heading north from Staveley to Christchurch, the Rakaia Gorge rates as a worthy stop. Pulling off the road needs care, at the bridges there is a reasonable lay- bye. The older bridge is quite impressive, as are the torrents thundering through the gorge & fanning...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank planetogra
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Great little walk on a good day with great views over the gorge. Not really sure if the upper gorge lookout is worth it as the lower gorge had similar views. The colour of the water was beautiful. In total took us about 3 hours...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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