Valley offers a number of activities with a degree of risk.
We encourage you to read this section of this site in order
that you choose an activity that is appropriate for you.
We would also like you to understand that participation
in our activities does involve risk, and that River Valley
cannot be held responsible for personal injury or for equipment
lost or damaged while participating in these activities.
River Valley reserves the right to screen passengers, and
cancel or amend trips due to river or weather conditions,
or lack of numbers.
What training do our guides have?
River Valley only employ guides who have been assessed
and registered with Sports Fitness Recreation Industry
Training Organisation (SFRITO), and the New Zealand Rafting
Many of our guides also have international guiding experience,
not to mention many seasons at home. All guides are trained
in First Aid and CPR. In addition, guides carry out on site regular scenario
and skill training.
How do I know River Valley is a reputable company?
River Valley has been rafting on the Rangitikei River since
1982. We are fully audited by the Maritime Safety Authority,
and undergo an annual review of company policies, practices
and operations. In addition River Valley was awarded the
Westpac Small Tourism Business Operator Award for 2004.
This award and other awards we have been presented with, recognise the overall excellence of the River
Valley experience and operation, and the fact that it is
in fact world class.
River Valley's 2008 Maritime New Zealand audit was carried
out on the 26th March.
River Valley Rafting is a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity.
This a national mark of quality for adventure operators
within New Zealand. For further information on
Qualmarks, click here.
Who can take part in our Activities?
We have an activity for almost everybody. Our Grade 2 Scenic/eco
Rafting Trips are ideal for families, the less adventurous,
and those wanting a slower paced interaction with nature.
Our Grade 5 White Water Rafting trip is suitable for people
aged 13 years and over, who have a reasonable level of fitness,
and a sense of adventure.
Can my weight, body size or ability be an issue
Our Grade 5 trip in particular does have restrictions on
who can partake. This is a demanding trip. Basically if
you cannot comfortably fit the gear, then you cannot take
part. This is for both your safety, and other people on
the trip. Maximum gear size is wetsuit size 7.
Scenic rafting trips are more flexible with a range of
other comfortable river gear available meaning that wetsuits
are not essential.
What if I have a health problem?
If you have a health condition such as diabetes, epilepsy,
pregnancy, heart condition, asthma, etc, please advise us
before trip departure. It is your responsibility to make
sure we are aware of your condition, that you are fit enough
for the activity, and that you have appropriate medication
with you. In some of the cases mentioned above, our advice
would be to not go Grade 5 rafting.
What is our policy regarding drugs and alcohol?
River Valley reserves the right to refuse participation
in our activities to anyone suspected of consuming alcoholic
beverages or illegal drugs before or during any trip. In
addition River valley is committed to operating a drug free
What do the different river grades mean?
here to view the International Classification of Rapids
When to go?
New Zealand has a temperate climate. Where River Valley
is situated, we have 4 distinct seasons, though as with
much of this country, weather conditions can change rapidly
- 4 seasons in one day. If rafting, expect higher flows
in the winter and spring, and more technical steeper rafting
in the summer and autumn.
Am I likely to fall out?
Our swimmer rate - where a person involuntarily falls
out of the raft - sits at about 5% of all people
taking part in the activity. We cannot guarantee that
you will not be part of that statistic.
If I fall out, will I be okay?
We cannot guarantee your safety in all circumstances,
though we try very hard to make it as all encompassing
as possible. If this is a major issue for you, we suggest
you do not go Grade 5 rafting. You may have a better time
on our Scenic
Rafting Trip, either in a raft or a duckie
What gear am I provided with, and what do I need
You will be provided with a 5mm wetsuit, neoprene boots,
polarfleece thermal top, Nylon paddle jacket, helmet and
lifejacket at all times of the year. During winter or especially
cold days, you will also be provided with neoprene socks,
neoprene mittens or gloves, and an extra light weight thermal
You need to bring your own swimming costume and a towel.
How many people are on each trip?
The number of people on a rafting trip at River Valley
seldom exceeds 24, and is often nearer much less. This
keeps trip size small and personal.
Do other rafting companies operate on the Rangitikei
River Valley is the only company that operates on the
Grade 5 section of the Rangitikei River. This helps ensure
a unique and personal experience.
How much time do I need to allow for the trip?
Our Grade 5 trip operates as a half day experience, with
between 2 and 3 hours on water. This makes it one of the
best value for money rafting trips in the country.
What if the river is too high or too low?
At lower summer flows, we definitely recommend booking
trip. Self guided, exciting and heaps of fun. If the
river is in flood, time spent in the River Valley Spa is
never wasted, or if the outdoors is where you want to be,
try one of the excellent horse rides offered by River
Who am I likely to meet?
White water rafting requires teamwork. Part of the pleasure
of rafting is not only meeting new people, but also feeling
the bond that develops as the team comes together. This
bond and teamwork can also have direct application to a
corporate environment. To find out more about what River Valley can offer your company, please phone us toll free on 0800 248666, or email us by clicking here.