Kayaking Rafting | Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand
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Kayaking | Rafting

With multiple rivers and two lakes, there is a wealth of opportunity to get out on the water for some serious fun.

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Whitewater kayaking and rafting

Hokitika is a MECCA for whitewater kayakers and rafters across the globe. Popular runs include: Arahura, Hokitika, Whitcombe, Styx, Toaroha, Kokatahi, Totara, Kaniere, Kakapotahi, Waitaha.

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Relaxing kayaking

For those who want to take it a little easier, there are several good trips around Hokitika. Grab the boat, canoe, kids, lifejackets and some paddles for a fun day activity.

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Lake Mahinapua, Mahinapua Creek - Kayaking

LOCATION : Lake Mahinapua

Grade 1 
There is a great paddle to be had from Lake Mahinapua through Mahināpua Creek and down towards the township of Hokitika. The Creek has a very gentle current, and passes through beautiful wetland and forest; white herons are usually seen. This trip is suitable for novice paddlers and people in Canadian canoes. Paddlers get out either where the creek crosses the main highway, or further down toward the mouth of the creek, close to the confluence with the Hokitika River. 

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Lake Kaniere Scenic Triathlon

29 February 2020

This annual triathlon highlights the scenery around Lake Kaniere.

A fun event with lots of choices - duathlon, triathlon events with either swim or boat, individual and team events.

More information at http://www.lakekanieretri.co.nz

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Speight's Coast to Coast Multisport Race

12 - 13 Feb 2021

The Speight's Coast to Coast is a multi-sport event that has been held for over 30 years. It traverses the South Island of New Zealand from Serpentine Beach on the Tasman Sea to Brighton Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Over either one or two days competitors cycle, run and kayak through some of New Zealand's most beautiful terrain.


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West Coast Scenic Waterways

Stay with us at 'Scenic Waterways Retreat,' only 4kms south of Hokitika, where you can cycle a spectacular section of the Wilderness Trail, freedom kayak, or relax on an 'Early Riser' or 'Sunset Cruise'....all from your doorstep! Embrace our wetlands, rainforest, and majestic views of Aoraki/ Mt.Cook!

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027 4301 1777
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Wilderness Rafting Adventures

Whitewater rafting tours from easy to extreme, half, full and multi day expeditions. Helicopter, drive in or hike in options available.  Heli-raft the Whataroa river, the Grand Canyon of NZ or chose from over 15 other rivers across the coast. All equipment provided, fully catered trips.

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Email Phone
03 755 4254
0508 669 675
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