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!
Our pack-rafting overnighter was the perfect mix of adrenalin and zen-like calm inducing pleasure. The River had exciting rapids and bits where you floated and watched the banks flash by (if you’re a LOTR geek you might expect to catch sight of the Uruk Hai pounding past – this is where the river scene in The Fellowship was filmed – cooool). Finally we ended up at a Lake in the afternoon – an idyllic spot with a beautiful sandy beach, mountains stretching away on all sides, a hut, a few other campers and lots of tracks to explore the area. In the morning we ‘tramped’ back to the van, it was all totally amazing – just wish there were more places that offered pack-rafting. Thanks to our wonderful guide Huw who taught us a lot about paddling and even lit our fire with a flint – what a pro!