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Packrafting


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A packraft is a strong, stable inflatable raft, a cross between a kayak and a raft.

Wanaka River Journeys packrafts are ultra light, 2 person craft 

 

An average level of fitness is fine. The paddling is not strenuous as the river flow keeps you on the move but you must be able to swim and be up for a full day of fun wilderness adventure. 

YES. You must have a basic swimming ability: Be able to use forward propulsion, be able to hold your head above water and not panic when in water. This is an activity in and on water.

No, but definitely a love of adventure is required and an average level of fitness.

YES, for those families that are used to outdoor adventures, this is a great family experience for older children 10 -14 

Children need to be able to swim, follow instructions and be up to participating in a full day wilderness adventure 

Absolutely, this is a wilderness packraft adventure and getting wet is all part of the fun. 

  • Full wetsuit supplied by Seventh Wave NZ
  • PFD (Similar to a lifejacket but more suited to river work)
  • Fully adjustable helmets
  • Spray Jacket

wear swimmers or sports gear beneath the wetsuit we provide and warm clothing to change into at the end of the trip.

On a hot day wear a quik-dry T shirt so you can pull down the top part of the wet-suit while on the wilderness walk

Bring a towel and

Wear your own trainers or sports sandals. These will get wet.

yes but we advise using a safety (keeper) strap. These can be purchased relatively cheaply from a pharmacy or ask us at the river and we can provide you with a soft strap. There are also pockets in our lifejackets to keep your sunglasses if you prefer.

There are incredible photo opportunities on this trip but your camera must be waterproof (Go-pro or similar). We cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to your camera.

Our guide will take photos during the trip so make sure we have your email to send you a link.

Are all provided, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements on booking

We are sorry but there is no smoking or vaping at any time during this tour

Cancellations by you - If you decide not to join our tour after you have paid for your ticket, please notify us 24 hours or more before the departure time for a full refund. There is no refund if cancelled within 24 hours of a trip departure time.

Cancellations by us (the Operator) – The Operator reserves the absolute right to cancel any service as a result of weather or river conditions, insufficient reservations or any other unforeseen event or circumstance. In this event we will make every effort to reschedule you to another suitable trip time. 

Apologies but this experience is not suitable for pregnant women. 

We pick you up from outside the I-SITE Information Centre (99 Ardmore Street) at 9am. During the xmas and new year period allow 20 minutes to find a park and find your way to our pick up spot.

Long term free car parking can be found on the edge of the lake outside of the CBD opposite Pembroke Park. Make sure there are no shops opposite where your car is parked or in the Dungarvon Street car park next to Pembroke Park

 

Jet Boat & Wilderness Walk


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Let us know if you are a fan of lord of the rings or the hobbit. 

Our Jet Boat drivers have fantastic information about these films and can pass this on if we know we have enthusiasts on board!

You are required to be at the pickup location at I-SITE Information Centre (99 Ardmore Street) 20 minutes prior to your departure time.

Long term free car parking can be found on the edge of the lake outside of the CBD or alongside Pembroke Park. Make sure there are no shops opposite where your car is parked.

Allow 40 minutes prior to departure time to allow for parking & walking to our pick up location. 

Yes! There are incredible photo opportunities of the Mount Aspiring National Park. The guides and drivers stop regularly for photo opportunities HOWEVER please note we are an Adventure Activity that operates in a Wilderness Area and any camera or device carried is at your own risk. 

Suited to most abilities. The walk is not at a fast pace but there is uneven ground and some rocks to walk over. If you are unable to keep up with the group there is the option to do just a little of the walk at your own pace & let the others go ahead and remain close to the jet boat until the group returns. A pretty good option as you are in paradise!!

For those with younger children who may no be good walkers, also staying close to the boat, taking photos and playing in the wilderness paradise instead of slowing up the walk for others is a great option.

You will be required to climb over seats in the boat, step up onto the bow of the boat and step up onto a river bank or onto rocks to access a path.

If you have trouble climbing steps or need assistance with your movements then this isn't for you.

Give us a call if you have any questions

We take you in to a wilderness area on a fast boat, we do spins and we walk on uneven ground. There is no way to smooth this into a serene and calm tour. It is an ADVENTURE ACTIVITY and action packed.

Wanaka River Journeys requires that you disclose any medical conditions that may affect participation in the activity, or which may be aggravated by this activity.

Yes, absolutely! Children love this trip from young ones who are in awe of the jet boats’ power and the drivers skills, to the excitement of the wilderness walk where their imaginations can play and the souvenirs they gather from this experience. Different times of the year introduce different animals for them to see from the lambs in the spring to the huge numbers of fish in the autumn and birdlife all year round. Recommend parents bring a day pack with drink and food for children.

Child age 4-14 years inclusive / Adult from 15 years 
Sorry but not suitable for infants under 4 years 

Mountain weather can be unpredictable and sometimes we get caught out by rain. We have excellent wet weather gear and do our best to protect passengers if rain eventuates and we make a point of showcasing the huge waterfalls that come to life.

Wanaka River Journeys reserves the rights to cancel or postpone a trip due to weather or river conditions that the company deems unsuitable for a trip to proceed

Stunning scenic shuttle drive around the shores of Lake Wanaka to the Matukituki River (approx 20 minutes). At the river you are met by your guide, life jackets on and aboard the jet boat for a safety briefing, then you’re off!! Jet boating up river (approx 1 hour) includes a couple of stops for photos. Top of the river you all disembark for the wilderness walk. (50 mins - 1 hour) Fast, flowing trip down river (approx 45 minutes) before shuttle return to town.

Apologies but this experience is not suitable for pregnant women. 

Dress according to the weather conditions on the day of your trip. Keep in mind you will be travelling in an open boat at speed into a mountainous environment with frequently changing weather conditions (unlike Wanaka). 

Layers are always recommended even on a hot day bring a sweater or light jacket. It is better to have more clothing than you need.

Winter: Dress warmly, layers and a jacket, bring hat and gloves if you have them. If you are here for skiing or snowboarding, wear your ski gear. 

Footwear: trainers are fine; during summer strong sandals are also suitable.

Cancellations by you - If you decide not to join our tour after you have paid for your ticket, please notify us 24 hours or more before the departure time for a full refund. There is no refund if cancelled within 24 hours of a trip departure time.

Cancellations by us (the Operator) – The Operator reserves the absolute right to cancel any service as a result of weather or river conditions, insufficient reservations or any other unforeseen event or circumstance. In this event we will make every effort to reschedule you to another suitable trip time. 

Sorry, this is a non smoking and non vaping tour.