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The Wairaurahiri Expedition

REDEFINING OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Packrafting the Wairaurahiri the "longes waterfall" in New Zealand

Packrafting the Wairaurahiri - The coast
Packrafting the Wairaurahiri - Lake Hauruko
Packrafting the Wairaurahiri - On the river
Packrafting the Wairaurahiri - The adventure begins

Packrafting The Wairaurahiri

Our Packrafting the Wairaurahiri Expedition is in the official customer trial stages this coming season. It will be open for bookings to a reduced price as we are testing times and general setup with real people.  Bookings will open very soon. In the meantime, drop us an email if you are keen to join.

 

Arno& Andy

ADVENTURE TIME

Experience the longes waterfall in NEw Zealand

Packrafting the Wairaurahiri

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

  • Great for intermediate/advanced packrafters. You should have done a few class 2 rivers. 
  • 1-day professional training/assessment before we start to ensure every participant has the skills needed for this expedition
  • The trip begins and ends in Te Anau
  • Accommodation before and after the trip is included. Stay in our Packrafting Nz – Eco Village
  • Organize your lunches and snacks
  • High-end Whitewater Packrafts, Paddles, Helmets and Pfd’s are included
  • Drysuits are standard on all our Expeditions
  • Your backpack will weigh between 15kg and 20kg

Packrafting the Wairaurahiri

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1:

After introductions in Te Anau we’ll head to our local river, The Waiau, for a day of training.  We’ll practice river reading, working as a team, self-rescue, and just make sure everyone is ready for the upcoming challenge.  In the afternoon, there will be a bit of time to pick up any last-minute bits of kit as well. You’ll need to sort your own meals and accommodation on day 1.

Day 2

Today will be spent making our way to Teal Bay Hut either by paddling across Lake Hauroko or for the more ‘determined’, via a stunning 10-hour tramp up over the hump ridge.  Once there, if any energy remains, you can take a short walk to look at the river, and if you’re brave enough, have a go at crossing a three-wire bridge. 

Day 3

This is the business!  After getting suited up for whitewater, we’ll head towards the river. What follows is 18 km of near-constant Grade II/II+ rapids on what is teasingly known as New Zealand’s longest waterfall.  The true wilderness waterway takes us all the way to the South Coast and the fabulous Waitutu Lodge–and hot showers!

Day 4

A 17 km walk along a well-formed track through the native bush will reward us with incredible views as we cross several world-famous viaducts, including the Percy Burn Viaduct, which is believed to be the longest surviving wooden viaduct in the world!  We’ll spend the night near the beach at the Port Craig hut, which used to serve as the logging town’s tiny schoolhouse back in the early 20th century, and is the only building still standing from the historic settlement. 

Day 5

We’ll finish our journey with either a walk or (conditions dependent) paddle from Port Craig to Rarakau and our vehicle.  Tide and seas depending we’ll have the option of several shortcuts along the way, and if paddling, may even be joined by the local pod of dolphins. Whatever our mode of transportation, the views across the vast and endless Southern Ocean are a fitting way to bring the adventure to a conclusion. 

Packrafting the Wairaurahiri

WHAT WILL I NEED?

  • A backpack of about 70l
  • Backup Tents ( will by supplied by Packrafting New Zealand )
  • Sleeping mat ( will be supplied by Packrafting New Zealand ) 
  • Sleeping bag ( comfort level 0 degrees is totally fine )
  • Reasonable fitness to get the maximum out of the expedition
  • Paddling experience is a must as this trip is not for absolute beginners
  • Great sense of adventure ( and humor ) definitely an advantage!

Expedition Team gear

  • Backup Tents ( supplied by Packrafting Nz )
  • Sleeping mat ( will be supplied by Packrafting Nz )  
  • Stoves and gas
  • Plastic drink Cups ( one each 😉 ) or byo

OTHER THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND

  • Never Packrafted before? Try our Hollyford/Pyke Expedition
  • Accommodation before and after the trip is included. Stay in our Packrafting Nz – Eco Village
  • Transport to and from Te Anau before and after the Expedition is not included
  • We recommend you allow an extra day after the trip, for unplanned delays as we go
  • Lunches and snacks or tea and coffee’s are not included
  • If you need to purchase extra gear once you have booked your spot you will get some awesome deals on gear from our online store. Paddling your very own Alpacka Gnarwahl down the river!?
  • If you need more info pop your email in below and get the full info package for free

Packrafting the Wairaurahiri

Need more information on our Wairaurahiri Expedition?

Not sure if this is for you? Interested but need more info... drop us an email or give us a call. 02102312315

the weather in fiordland

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 the Wairaurahiri Loop will be a memorable one. More Info on the Wairahurahiri.

Packrafting the Wairaurahiri

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The Wairaurahiri Expedition

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Becky Jade Kinnear
Becky Jade Kinnear
2021-03-31T09:04:59+0000
Thanks so much to Arno and Andy for a great level 1 packrafting course. We learnt so much both on and off the water,... picked up lots of new skills and has given us the confidence of what to do if capsizing the boat! Lots of fun over the two days. Let's hope my lost paddle turns up soon!!read more
Michael Dickson
Michael Dickson
2020-01-26T21:18:53+0000
A great intro to packrafting - we did the one day '2 Rivers' trip and Arno and team were awesome - great instruction in... the basics and safety in the morning on the gentle river and then some fun in the afternoon in some more running water. The scenery was spectacular and the rivers pristine - can't wait to go again soon. Big thanks Arno Martenread more
Joshua Osborne
Joshua Osborne
2020-01-06T20:21:21+0000
Really worthwhile course...learned so much, fun and relaxed group, had a great time, ran some 2+ rapids, and was... thoroughly worn out by the end. Couldn't ask for more.read more
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
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!
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
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
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
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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