Welcome to the unique and unparalleled experience of packrafting …….. a mix of hiking and paddling that takes you on a journey of discovery, exploring rugged landscapes by foot and “mild to wild” waters by raft.
Packrafting, in short, is a mix of kayaking (or rafting) and tramping. They are paddled like a kayak but have the stability of a Raft. The boats themselves are super light and fold down to the size of a one man tent.
When it comes to outdoor adventure, we think you just can’t beat the mix of hiking, climbing, camping and paddling that these little one man rafts make possible. You get to experience the land in so many different ways, hiking through forests, up glacier carved valleys or over mountains; paddling across lakes, down rivers or in the ocean (sometimes even all in the same day); and exploring in stunning wilderness locations that can be simply inaccessible by any other means. Pack rafting simply redefines outdoor adventure in New Zealand.
This trip is best suited for people with a little bit of paddling experience and a sense of adventure
The River Rats combo will focus on mastering the innovative Packrafts in some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery the Waiau River & Eglinton River. In the morning we will focus on practising Packrafting and river skills in preparation for the fantastic ride on the crystal clear Eglinton River and through the Eglinton Canyon. You will paddle 2 awesome rivers in one day & learn some new skills.
We will spend the morning on the Waiau River learning all the skills you need to safely paddle the more challenging Eglinton River in the afternoon. Navigating eddies and hunting some rapids we will make our way down the river to Rainbow Reach for a well deserved break. After a delicious lunch we will make our way up one of the most beautiful drives in New Zealand, if not in the world the “Milford Road” to our afternoon start location for the Eglinton River. Getting our boats and gear ready for the second time feels a lot easier and we can focus a little more on our spectacular surroundings.
The paddle down the Eglinton River and through the beautiful canyon is something you will remember for a long time, so have your camera and GoPro ready.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
N.B. Packrafting from Queenstown & Wanaka More information HERE