BOOK THE WAIRAURAHIRI EXPEDITION
Book the Wairaurahiri Expedition and join us on our official trial trips this season
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
BOOK THE WAIRAURAHIRI EXPEDITION
AND THIS COULD BE YOUR ITINERARY
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
WHAT WILL I NEED?
- A backpack of about 70l
- Backup Tents ( will be supplied by Packrafting New Zealand )
- Sleeping mat ( will be supplied by Packrafting New Zealand )
- Sleeping bag ( comfort level 0 degrees is totally fine )
- Reasonably high fitness is required ( A 1100m pass on day 1 and 2 x 16km days )
- 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
- Never Packrafted before? Try our Hollyford/Pyke Expedition
- Accommodation is included if you want to stay with us. 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
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.