Rapid Rivers of Ross, South Island

Hiking Franz Josef, New Zealand

Make your way to the land down under and explore the gold-rich town of Ross in West Coast, South Island. Engage in a variety of exciting activities that will surely get your heart pumping faster. Traverse through intimidating rapids with licensed guides who guide you every step of the way. Get an aerial perspective while in a helicopter and marvel at mountain views, rainforests and canyons while sitting inside a helicopter.

Location by Eco Rafting Adventures

Packages at this location

Hiking Rafting Expeditions Hiking

Go deep into the rainforest and discover riverbanks subtly hiding underneath small cliffs. Traverse deep gorges while paddling through 3-5 class whitewater. Feel the thrill of conquering rapids as you flow with the river’s current. Take a refreshing swim into pools of inviting crystal-clear waters. Hike into the mountains and discover species of exotic birds and wildflowers. Get a breath of fresh air as you embrace the beauty and miracles of nature.

  • Camp (for overnight packages)

  • Guides

  • Rafting Gear

  • Helicopter Trip (if chosen)

Drive, hike or ride a helicopter into the mountains while enjoying a relaxing view of nature. Listen to quick a safety briefing before setting off into the exciting rivers. Conquer small rapids, explore the rainforest, stalk wild animals, and take lots of photos before taking a break to re-energize. Chill in the nearby hot pools before making your way back to the city. Choose any of the following combinations:

Rod and Rifle Rafting Specials
1. Overnight- $650
2. 2 days- $950
3. Scenic flight, overnight $1250

Heli in Overnight Rafting Adventure
1. Walk-in, overnight - $650
2. Heli-in, overnight- $750
3. Scenic flight, overnight- $1250

Heli-in 2night- 2-day White Water Rafting Adventure
1. Heli-in 3days, 2 nights - $1250
2. Landsborough River 3 days, 2 night- $1650
3. Scenic flight, 3 days, 2nights- $2250

All year round.

White Water Rafting Adventure Rafting

A great way to enjoy nature! Marvel at beautiful mountainous peaks as you drive to the rafting site. Discover wild animals and exotic birds while going through the rainforest. Get your blood pumping as you jump off a cliff. Take a quick swim into the refreshing clear waters before heading back to the city.

  • Guides

  • Rafting Gear

  • Helicopter Trip (if chosen)

Drive into the mountains or ride a helicopter while enjoying a relaxing view of nature. Listen to quick a safety briefing before setting off into the exciting rivers. Conquer small rapids, explore the rainforest, and take lots of photos before taking a break to re-energize. Chill in the nearby hot pools before making your way back to the city.

All year round.

Half day, Drive-in - $135; Full day, Drive-in - $190; Full day, Heli-in - $450

Heli Rafting Adventure Rafting

Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime! Ride a helicopter to access the mountains before going down to exclusive canyons. Remember to bring a change of clothes as you’ll be paddling through rough rapids surrounded by boulders of rocks and towering trees. Jump off waterfalls while making your way to the rest of the canyons. Cap off the trip with a soothing hot chocolate or tea to warm you up.

  • Guides

  • Hot Chocolate/ Tea

  • Rafting Gear

  • Helicopter Trip

Gear up in the morning prior to departure. Enjoy an aerial view of the mountains as you ride the helicopter to the launch site. Listen to a quick safety briefing before setting off into the exciting rivers. Conquer high rapids, explore canyons, jump off minor cliffs and take lots of photos before taking a break to re-energize. Resume paddling while making way to the rest of the canyons. End the journey with a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate before heading back to the city.

All year round.

Half day Helicopter Rafting Adventure - $450; Full day Helicopter Rafting Adventure - $550; Scenic Helicopter Flight & Full Day Rafting - $1050

About the location

Accommodation

There are different options available for you depending on your budget and preference. It is common to set up camp and sleep in tents while overlooking majestic mountains and a glowing skyline. But if you are looking for modern comforts then you may opt for bed and breakfast, boutique and heritage hotels, lodges, resorts and five-star hotels. The cheapest, if not a free option is to camp. You may also opt for a bed and breakfast, with a double bed (starts at $100). Stay in a lodge for a more rustic feel (around $300) or a hotel can be an option for a comfortable stay starting at $80.

Location

A treasure in the land down under – Ross is a small gold mining town located in West Coast, South Island. Explore unique turquoise gorges hiding deep into the mountains. Join a treetop tour and get a bird’s-eye view as of lush canopies as you view your surroundings 50m high above the ground. Get a breathtaking view of snowy alps while drinking at a nearby café. Sample delectable dishes cooked the kiwi way, packed with flavour and made with meticulous attention. Shop at bespoke boutiques and get souvenirs for friends and family. Join adventure travels and experience a different kind of excitement as you take on the challenge of white water rafting, hiking, bungee jumping, canyoning and so much more.

Food

Aside from vegemite, you’ll definitely need to try the big and filling kiwi burger which is composed of beetroot, beef patty, fried egg, (optional lettuce and tomato). If you want to eat seafood, their lobster is as fresh as it gets. Looking for a more traditional dish? Feast on Hangi which is made of meat and vegetables, slow-cooked in an underground oven.

Activities

Feel the thrill as you paddle through exciting rapids. Leave your fears behind before jumping off cliffs into depths of clear waters. Marvel at the beauty of nature while hiking into the mountains. Enjoy all these in an organized half day tour or extend to your preferred duration.

Amenities

  • Lessons

  • Guides

  • Spot Transfer

  • Instructors/Coaching

  • Equipment Rental

Available activities

  • Daytrips

  • Excursions

  • Hiking

  • Canyoning