Heli Rafting With Clarence River Rafting

Travel by raft through the isolated Clarence Valley, between the towering peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges to the Pacific Ocean.

Kaikoura Helicopters, in conjunction with Clarence River Rafting, specialises in multi day heli-rafting journeys, perfect for family reunions, groups of friends, work functions, school groups, team building or simply any excuse to experience this unique and spectacular adventure.

We offer three awe-inspiring options:


1 Day

Experience New Zealand's dramatic alpine scenery while flying in to the Clarence River, then paddle out amongst the fastest growing mountain range in the country, to the rugged Kaikoura coast. A big day with fun whitewater, awesome scenery, a delicious lunch and a big sense of achievement at the end of it all.

2 Day / 1 night

Fly from Kaikoura to the Dart Stream and camp overnight. Relax around the camp fire as your guides prepare your evening meal, using seasonal local produce from the garden, the Kaikoura coastal waters, and the mountains. After breakfast the next day paddle out to the coast, learning about the fascinating geology of this remote valley along the way.

3 Day / 2 nights

An exceptional helicopter flight is the ulitimate way to begin your 3 day rafting journey. Spend a couple of nights camping in the Sawtooth Gorge before paddling back to civilzation. You will literally travel from the mountains to the sea – starting at an altitude of 700 metres. Experience this remote valley, leave your cell phone behind and forget about work – there is plenty of time to unwind. Every twist and turn brings a new vista. Along the way experience the open tussock lands of the Molesworth, three spectacular gorges of twisted rock strata interspersed with open braided river sections, impressive alpine peaks, remote high country stations, and amazing geology of the region.


A Heli Rafting experience is an active adventure which offers something for every age and ability, is fully guided and catered, with all rafting equipment supplied.

Heli rafting is weather dependent and operates throughout the spring, summer and autumn seasons. All Clarence River Rafts’ guides are professionaly qualified, so you can be assured you will be well looked after. Ideal for all ages and no experience is necessary.

Please contact us for further details and a quote
The more rafters there are, the cheaper the flight will become

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