White water rafting is both a fun and adventurous way to explore some of Australia and New Zealand’s top regions from the water. With several major river systems ranging from the mighty Murray River in the south to the wild and wonderful waters of Tropical North QLD and the beautiful waterways of Queenstown and beyond, there’s a rafting experience for everyone here.
Rafting Australia and New Zealand
With an array of waterways ranging from the calm and scenic to the high octane and adrenaline-filled, both Australia and New Zealand offer a wide range of opportunities for taking part in white water rafting adventures for all ages and skill levels. Simply select a rafting tour from our most popular regions below, or choose from the menu above to pick a rafting trip from many spots all over both countries.
As New Zealand’s adventure capital, rafting is just one of many fun-filled experiences to be had; and with the Shotover, Kawarau and other rivers on offer, there’s plenty of rafting fun!
Take the Rafting Challenge!
White water rafting courses and tours are typically available in many regions that cater to rafters of every skill level – from the beginner to the veteran – with each rafting course listed on a five-level “grading system” displayed in Roman numerals, with I being the easiest and V the most challenging for experts (there is also a VI level but this is generally considered unnavigable.)
Some of the most famous white water rafting areas in Australia include the Barron, Russell & Tully Rivers (Cairns / Port Douglas) and the Mitta Mitta River (Melbourne). Likewise, New Zealand also has a strong rafting culture due to its abundant rivers and alpine terrain, with the areas around Queenstown (which includes the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers).
To view additional information on the available white water rafting experiences available in each area of Australia and New Zealand, including their difficulty grades, available tours, best seasons and more, simply click on the associated region.