If you’ve undertaken one of our courses or perhaps you’re a experienced kayaker looking to try out packrafting, we can look after you with some rental gear.
We specialise in small group guided packrafting trips and courses from our base in Queenstown New Zealand. Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand and offers some of the most beautiful and pristine environments to explore.
Packrafts – lightweight, packable boats, have changed the way we travel through the backcountry. Weighing only 3kg (6 pounds) and packing down to the size of a sleeping bag means these boats can easily be carried into previous inaccessible and untouched rivers. Despite their small size and weight, Packrafts are incredibly tough, easy to paddle and capable of handling some challenging whitewater. Our trips are designed to take full advantage of this as we hike, bike and paddle through the most gorgeous packing scenery in New Zealand.
We don’t do crowds. Our small groups means that we can enjoy the remote and peaceful nature of New Zealand’s back country, far away from throngs of other people. On our full day trips you can chose between our blissed out License To Chill trip on the Rees River or our more challenging Aspiring Packrafter. We also run more immersive overnight trips to really get away from it all and our most adventurous multiday trips. We can totally custom our trips or put on exclusive trips for your group, just drop us a line to talk about what you’d like to do.
More and more people are getting into pack rafting these days. And why not, it’s totally revolutionised the way we’re travelling through the back country. If you’re full of enthusiasm but not really sure where to start, or wanting to develop some safety knowledge and rescue skills we’re the best place to start. We can tailor our courses to meet particular outcomes if, for example, you’re training towards adventure races (like GodZone or the Fear Society). These courses are about helping people become not only good paddlers but good people to go paddling with.
Perhaps you are looking to buy a packraft but want to try one out first or maybe you’ve got a particular mission in mind, we’ve got a fleet of packrafts to suit every need. We offer discounted rentals to people who have undertaken our courses so speak to us about your plans and your experience and we can give you some advice when you’re planning your epic little mission!
I came to Queenstown for 5 days and did all the bungy jumping, swinging, rafting and jet boats and while they were all great. This was by far the best trip I did. I showed up in the morning to the pickup spot and was greeted by the guide Hugh. He informed me that the other five people on the trip had a last minute change in plans and that it was just going to be us. I was shocked that they would still do the trip with just me but he made no issue with it. It was a great time. We hiked in the Reese valley for about two hours along the river surrounded by mountains, fog and a light rain which only made the river better. We only passed a hand full of people that couldn’t figure out why I was carrying a paddle and no boat. Hugh told them about the inflatable packrafts in our packs and couple you could tell wish they were on our trip. We had a great lunch and then inflated the rafts and kayaked back to the van passing many of the hikers we had crossed earlier. If your looking for a trip that allows you to soak up more of beautiful area and still have a little rafting adventure then this can’t be beat. Hugh was great and easy to talk to with a lot of knowledge of the area. I think he sold me on getting a packraft too.