Your partner will feel special with this Love Adventure.
Enjoy champagne, romancing in hotpools and white water rafting. Starts with guided 1&1/2 hour walk through beautiful rainforests. At the river, soak up the heat of the hotpools before enjoying a fun river ride down at a level of intensity you choose up to grade 3.
HOT ROCK RAFTING
A Love Adventure
located 1&1/4 hours drive south
of Greymouth on SH6 on
the way to the Glaciers.
Are you a couple looking for a rafting adventure? Or a single looking for a partner?
We recommend this one! Some great fun rafting with stop offs to share relaxation in natural riverside hotpools.
Together you will enjoy a fun day out, get as much challenge as you each want, be among beautiful scenery, and in between relax together with a touch of romance in the hotpools with a glass of champagne.
There are 3 options to suit different budgets and the amount of challenge you want. There's also a choice of raft sizes so that you can increase the fun factor or try the self guided option.
These Hotrock Fire to Ice rafting trips have options which include either a full day grade 4 helicopter-rafting & hotpools combination or half day grade 3 guided rainforest walk-rafting & hotpools adventure. This Tour takes you into the awe-inspiring World Heritage Area Scenery of the Central Southern Alps. Mountain Peaks, Glaciers and Natural Hotsprings give the trip a fire-to-ice feel with its exhilarating journey of scenic contrasts down this glacier fed river. Part way down you'll stop to relax in the natural hot springs beside the river. Picture yourself lying in the luxuriously warm water holding a glass of champagne while gazing up at the awesome snow covered peaks (or into each others eyes!). People do make friendships here that last a lifetime.
The grade 3 Hot Rock walk-rafting combo operates every day but the grade 4 heliraft upper section of the river usually goes on Saturdays. Other days are available if booked well in advance and have a minimum of 4 people. If you need to go mid-week, still ask as there may be others wanting the same date as you.
Half Day (5 hours) Grade 3 Guided Walk-Rafting-Hot Pools Adventure. This combo gives excellent value as a package with a guided rainforest walk, grade 3 rafting, natural hotpools, and champagne in the mountains!
See, feel, taste and touch the rainforest as you take an easy guided walk (about an hour and a half) into the Wanganui River valley to begin your rafting adventure. Some great photo opportunities of massive rainforest trees and Alpine Glaciers and peaks in the background. The walk is easy but rough under foot, crossing two rocky areas.
After some safety and raft training you hit the water for a fun rafting trip back to the Main Highway. There are different raft options here. You can do a trip in the larger more stable rafts, go in a smaller boat with more bounce to increase the "fun factor" or you can raft out in a self guided raft. The smaller rafts are great fun and you can enjoy the added challenge of piloting your own boat. Even the self guided rafts will have a certified rafting guide aboard to give you any assistance you may need and to teach you all you need to have a safe and enjoyable rafting adventure. They will also watch over you to ensure your safety. You are on this grade 3 river for about an hour and a half and it finishes up relaxing in hot pools with a glass of champagne when you get off the river. A fun grade 3 river section with 8 rapids to run and the ability to provide some self guiding challenge or be guided if it is your first time. (We carry the smaller boats up the river with us in backpacks).
Helicopter-Raft-Hotpools combo. This half day (5 hours) grade 3 trip has 2 sets of hot springs to visit, champagne and a meal. On this trip we helicopter into an open braided river valley surrounded by alpine scenery. With a stop off at the hotpools for lunch and more hotpools at the finish with a celebratory bottle of champagne. About 2 & 1/2 hours 'on-river' time depending on the flow with over 12 grade 3 rapids and four grade 2 rapids.
Helicopter-Raft-Hotpools combo. This full day grade 4 adventure has 2 lots of hot springs, champagne and meal. We travel further up the river and take in 18 grade 3 rapids and two grade 4 and one grade 5 rapid that we need to scout. This rapid can be walked around for those that do not want to run this more technical 200 meter steep rapid. About 4 hours on river time with a sumptuous lunch 1/2 way at the hotpools and champagne in the hot pools when we get off the river. Note that although we rate this as a grade 4 adventure it has one grade 5 rapid. We call it a grade 4 trip as this is a more realistic rating to help you judge the type of trip you are considering. This wide wilderness valley has beautiful mountain and glacier backdrops and is the home of a family of New Zealand's endangered Blue Torrent Duck. Torrent ducks live and feed in white water and these ones are being predated upon by introduced stoats. Part of your rafting fee goes towards supporting a Blue Duck Recovery program and you may be able to assist in this program if you wish during the raft trip as the programs activities allow. Your rafting tour operates in a way that minimises any impact on Blue Ducks and you will be educated in this before your raft trip.
Two Day Hot Rock Heli-Rafting Expedition with all meals and champagne. We go even further up the river and camp overnight at the hotpools part way down the river. The hotpools can be pretty tough on you as they are rather hard to get out of! It is easy to suddenly find that the time is 3 o'clock in the morning and you haven't got to bed yet! We spend about 4 & 1/2 hours 'on-river' with the rapid count being at least 18 but it does vary from time to time as the top part of the river is braided and changes quite a bit.
All Hot Rock Rafting Departs Hokitika 8:30am, Greymouth 8:00am, Fox Glacier 7:30am, Franz Josef 8:00am. This trip is located on the Wanganui River, near Hari Hari, which is one and a half hour drive north of Franz Josef Glacier or south from Greymouth. It is halfway between Greymouth and the Glaciers. If you have your own vehicle it is best to do the trip as you are travelling to or from the Glaciers. This saves you travel time and we will meet you at the river. If you are travelling south from Greymouth or Hokitika then you can follow us in your vehicle . If you need transport we can provide this, let us know where you are staying and we will pick you up.
PLUS...To make sure you really are getting good value, we will give you a voucher for discounts & free stuff at places around the West Coast. You can pick up an absolutely FREE Big Mac, FREE Email, FREE Goldpanning at Shantytown, a FREE Beer/wine, a FREE Dessert at a local restaurant with your meal, discount hostel beds & heaps of other stuff. Worth up to $428. Click here for more info on our West Coast Bonus Saver Pass.