River Rats - Full Day

From NZD NZ$299.00
  • Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Te Anau, Southland
  • Product code: Full day


  • The tour is run by IPIA certified professional packrafting guides.
  • We require 2 people minimum for the tour to run
  • Minimum age is 12 years, though the trip may not be suitable for all 12 year olds!  Please ask.
  • All participants need to be able to swim
  • Tour includes all the required instruction and is suitable for absolute beginners!
  • We provide all the specialty gear–boats, paddles, lifejackets, wetsuits, and helmets.
  • Start at 8:30am & back in town by around 4:30pm
  • Lunch included.
  • Don’t have a full day? We also offer a half-day version of the Te Anau tour on request!


  • Super light, weighing as little as 2.3 kg!
  • Extremely stable, even in whitewater.
  • Small, packing down to the size of one man tent
  • Super robust and hard to damage, but easy to fix
  • Much more comfortable then a normal kayak 
  • Highly addictive (consider yourself warned…)
  • Able to carry heaps of gear, even a bike!

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.

Additional Tour Information :

  • Departs from and returns to Te Anau
  • Paddle 2 rivers in 1 day, the Waiau River and the Eglinton River.
  • Operates in most weather conditions
  • Departure every Thursday
  • Stunning scenery is 100% guaranteed!
  • Lunch options available for those with special dietary needs.
  • Half-day trips available on request