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Tour Overview

The Landsborough River is a wild, untouched run tumbling beneath glaciers and snow covered peaks alongside beech & totara forests. This 3 day rafting experience is considered one of the great wilderness river runs in the world.

Landsborough River
Landsborough River

The Landsborough Valley is one of New Zealand’s most remote areas. It remains untouched, unspoiled and is visited only by a privileged few. The Landsborough River is unique, running 60kms parallel to the Southern Alps before meeting the sea at Haast in South Westland, a world-heritage area. Its upper reaches are protected wilderness areas and provide spectacular glaciers, bush, river and mountain scenery. Paddling & camping your way down the valley, you’ll glide past 10,000ft mountains, hanging glaciers and through dense rainforests.

Landsborough River - © Holly Wademan
Landsborough River - © Holly Wademan
Your adventure begins on day one with meeting your guides and being kitted out with rafting clothing. It is a 3-hour road journey from Queenstown to Clarkes Bluff. Here you board your helicopter for the scenic flight up Landsborough Valley to your put-in and first nights camp. The next day, after a full safety briefing, enjoy a 5-hour river raft catering from action to the sedate. Enjoy a deli-style lunch stop at Hellfire Rapid before continuing down river to Harpers Bluff for your second nights stay. On the third and final day, board your raft once again and head down river to Purple Creek for lunch. A leisurely float then brings you back to Clarkes Bluff, your take out point.

Return to Queenstown with the adrenaline still pumping having been lucky enough to have discovered & explored this pristine wilderness area! This rafting adventure is suitable for people of all ages with an average fitness level and whilst the maximum group size is 14, the average is between 8-10 people. Previous rafting experience is not necessary but given the nature of the trip, a sense of adventure and the ability to swim is important. The camping sites used are permanent and the tents are already set up when you arrive and you will sleep on stretcher beds with sleeping pads. All meals and drinks are provided on the trip.

The Rees, On Lake Wakatipu
The Rees, On Lake Wakatipu

Queenstown is widely regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. This magnificent alpine resort offers a wide variety of adventure and leisure activities from extreme to relaxed exploration. Local activities include jetboating, rafting, bungy-jumping, flying foxes, wine tours, 4WD adventures, scenic flights, golfing, skiing, fishing plus much, much more. It is also a great base from which to explore the Fiordland National Park, home to the stunning fiords of Doubtful and Milford Sounds. We hope you decide to extend your stay longer in Queenstown either before or after your rafting adventure you can enjoy some of these fantastic excursions.

Our Price From NZPer Person Package is based on twin or double occupancy and is inclusive of New Zealand Goods & Services Tax (GST). Enquire Now

Brief Itinerary
  • Day1On arrival, please make your own way to 'The Rees' hotel. The rest of today is leisure to enjoy the local sights.
  • Day2-4Enjoy an all-inclusive, 3 day guided rafting trip of the spectacular Landsborough Valley.
  • Day5Free time for some last minute sightseeing before departing Queenstown for your next destination.
Our Price From NZPer PersonPackage is based on twin or double occupancy and is inclusive of New Zealand Goods & Services Tax (GST).Enquire Now
Short Break Inclusions
  • 2 nights lakeview accommodation in Queenstown at The Rees  
  • 2 nights camping in tents whilst rafting the Landsborough River
  • 3 day guided, all-inclusive rafting trip of the Landsborough Valley ex Queenstown  
  • All meals & drinks on the rafting adventure
  • Scenic helicopter flight from Clarkes Bluff to the put-in point
Short Break Exclusions & Extras

Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.

Short Break Small Print

Valid for the following travel periods:

  • 1st January 1970 to 1st January 1970 (NZ $ pp)
  • 1st January 1970 to 1st January 1970 (NZ $ pp)

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