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Industry Certifications


Rafting New Zealand has been operating for over 25 years and is New Zealand’s most awarded rafting Company – we are extremely proud of what we do and how we do it!

Your safety is our number one concern. At Rafting New Zealand we are committed to minimising risk to ensure that you are as safe as possible. To do this we comply with guidelines set in place by several governing bodies, including Maritime New Zealand, Skills Active and the New Zealand Rivers Association.


The New Zealand Rivers Association is a group made up of guides and operators within New Zealand. It was set up in 1996 to help promote the sport of whitewater rafting to New Zealand and the rest of the world. Alongside this, the association has played a large role in developing a standardized qualification for rafting that can be used in New Zealand.


Maritime New Zealand is the governing body for whitewater rafting in New Zealand. They have brought in Rafting Rule 81 which Rafting New Zealand complies with. Under this rule, all companies that operate in this field must have a safety operations plan that is reviewed by Maritime New Zealand. Rafting New Zealand holds a Maritime Certificate that is valid through to 2022.


Skills Active Aotearoa is a training organisation who focus on up-skilling people in the sport, recreation and outdoor recreation areas in New Zealand. Their role is to develop and facilitate world-class, nationally recognised qualifications. They work with businesses and industry to help develop a framework that aligns work based training with the NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Association) National Standards. At Rafting New Zealand all of our guides hold a skills active rafting qualification.


Qual Mark is a company that will assess a tourism business against a set of criteria and at the end of it the business is awarded either a bronze, silver or gold award. At Rafting New Zealand we are proud to say that we hold a Qualmark Gold award which shows that we are the very best at what we do.