Landsborough River Adventure

Immerse yourself in the rugged wilderness of the West Coast with this three day guided rafting adventure. Paddle grade 3-4 rapids of the Landsborough Valley, through dense rain forest, taking in hanging glaciers and wildlife. Three course meals, NZ wine and helicopter transfers included. A perfect mix of tranquillity and pure adventure.

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Activity in brief

3 days
Start - End:
Clark Bluff
Shuttle Bus, Helicopter

Accommodation: Wilderness Camping

Nearest Town: Queenstown

Activity Overview

The Landsborough is a major tributary of the Haast River and it runs roughly north/south for 70kms, parallel to the main divide. Like many other New Zealand valleys, the sides are steep and of glacial origin with large fans and terraces occurring on the valley floor.

The forests are dominated by silver beech, however you will also see southern rata, occasional strands of rimu and matai as a rare canopy species. The valley has some of the richest bird birdlife in Westland. Surveys have identified 36 species including Kaka, Rifleman, Brown Creeper, Grey Warbler and Bellbird. Of special significance are the endanged Blue Duck (Whio) and the Yellowhead (Mohua).

The guided rafting takes you through some of the most untouched landscapes of the South Island's West Coast and you will negotiate a variety of rapids between Grade 3-4. Helicopter transport out to the river "put-in" is also included and in the evenings you set up camp in pristine locations with all meals provided plus wine and/or beer.

This three day epic truly is an unforgettable experience for those keen to get away from the standard tourist spots. If you're looking for the sort of New Zealand activity that very few people try then this might be the one.


Personalised Itineraries

Include Landsborough Rafting in your unique Multi-Activity Trip:

You can combine this trip with any other activity on this website to create your own unique itinerary. When you develop your own tailor-made itinerary with us, it's fully customised with your choice of activities, accommodation and transport around New Zealand.

Contact us today and we can help you with some great advice and organise all the details for you. 

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Three Day Guided Rafting Adventure
  • Fully Guided with in depth safety briefing and training.
  • All rafting and camping equipment included.
  • Helicopter and shuttle-bus transportation included.

Day 1. You start early in the morning in Queenstown where you will meet your guides, pack your gear into dry bags and be sized for your rafting clothing. From there it's a spectacular three hour drive to Clarke Bluff via Wanaka and Makarora. Here's where it gets properly exciting as you board your helicopter for a flight up the scenic Landsborough Valley to your first night’s camp. Settle in, unpack and explore the magnificent surroundings or relax in this peaceful environment and enjoy a delicious meal prepared for you.

Day 2. Begin with a leisurely breakfast then prepare to leave camp for your rafting adventure. A full safety briefing and information on river protocol will be given before you depart. Today you have a five hour river trip ranging from full action stations to sedate drifting, stopping to enjoy a deli-style picnic lunch above Hellfire Rapid. You then continue down river arriving at Harpers Bluff, our second camp. There will be time to try out a spot of fishing or go for a walk before dinner. After dinner explore the surrounds and maybe even discover a glow worm or two.

Day 3. Another filling breakfast will set you up for the day’s activities. Board your raft and head down river to Purple Creek for lunch and a side hike to explore the waterfalls. After lunch a leisurely float to our take out point at Clarke Bluff.  You are then shuttled back to Queenstown - arriving in the early evening.

Please Note: Minimum age 15 years and over (15-17 year olds must have a guardian travel with them). Available November to March.

Pricing: Three Day Guided Rafting Adventure

From NZD$2450 per person. Includes all shuttle-bus and helicopter transportation, rafting and camping equipment and meals.

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Activity Planning

When to go

These trips are operated from late November to late March.

All trips operate dependent on weather, river level and/or water temperature. We always suggest at least 24 hours flexibility before and after this trip as delays may result from adverse weather conditions - if you are considering doing this activity as part of a larger itinerary we can organise this for you.

What to bring

We organise:

Full wetsuit rafting clothing and safety equipment

Camping equipment (including large tents - room to stand in)

All meals plus wine, beer, soft drinks

You will need to bring:

Swimsuit and Towel

Sleeping Bag

Personal Clothing and toiletries 


All meals are provided - here are some sample menus:

Evening One

Hors-d’oeuvres accompanied by local New Zealand wines.

Mediterranean Chicken: Cooked in garlic, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, honey, and olive oil marinade. Grilled until tender over the open flame.

Rice Pilaf: An inspired Middle Eastern rice dish infused with vegetable flavours.
Tomato and Onion Salad: Sliced tomatoes and finely chopped red onions dressed with garlic, basil, balsamic, honey and olive oil vinaigrette.

Fresh Fruit & the secret Dutch Oven Chocolate Cake: A secret Landsborough chocolate cake recipe baked in a Dutch oven within the hot embers of the open fire. Served with a generous dollop of cream.

Evening Two

Hors-d’oeuvres accompanied by local New Zealand wines.

Butterflied Leg of Lamb: Marinated in Balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary and oregano. Seared to perfection on an open flamed fire.

Greek Potatoes: Lightly tossed in olive oil, rosemary, salt & pepper. Wrapped together tightly to infuse all flavours baked on hot fire embers.

Greek Salad: Fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and green peppers, dressed with a garlic, oregano, and lemon juice vinaigrette. Lightly topped with crumbled feta cheese and kalamata olives. The perfect complement to the succulent lamb.

Fruit Crumble: Seasonal fresh fruits topped with a nutmeg and cinnamon crumble. Served warm with a drizzle of cream.

Accomodation on the river



Camping at a stunning waterside location - what could be better! On guided trips all gear is provided with large tents, soft mattresses and all the catering too. Good vibes guaranteed...


Accommodation in Queenstown

We can organise your accommodation in Queenstown for before and after your trip if you wish. Please let us know what sort of accommodation you are looking for when you make your booking for this activity, and we can discuss the options with you.

Shuttle Bus

You are transported from Queenstown to Clarke Bluff early in the morning of the first day. This is a three hour journey. When you have completed your rafting you are then returned to Queenstown from Clarke Bluff again, arriving in the early evening. 


You also get a quick helicopter flight from Clarke Bluff further upstream to your "put-in" on the Landsborough River. This is where you start your rafting adventure from.

What else?



We have a range of options for walking the iconic Routeburn Track from multi-day epics to guided day walks. Return transport from Queenstown and accommodation included.

For more information click here...



There are a variety of different, easy going biking tracks you can ride around the Queenstown area, exploring lakeside, rivers and wineries!

For more information about these biking trails click here...


Jet Boating

The famous Shotover River close to Queenstown is one of the most popular jet boating locations in New Zealand where you have the classic experience of flying inches from the rocky walls of steep gorges. Alternatively take an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River.


If you want to include any of these activities in your itinerary or just want find out more information contact us today!


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