Rafting New Zealand
Rafting New Zealand

Terms & Conditions

Booking Terms and Conditions – Rafting New Zealand Limited Partnership – Trading as Rafting New Zealand.
We aspire to provide a friendly, exciting and safe experience. Safety is our number one priority. 

Booking Requirements

Please check we have a way of contacting you. We need an email address or a contact phone number which includes your country’s international code. Please contact us 24 hours prior to your booking to confirm your booking. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time.

Please bring:Swimwear and a towel. We also have towels available for hire.

Please bring any medication you may need.

Please cover any open cuts or wounds.

Please bring sanitary wear.

If you have a contagious skin infection – You cannot raft.

No previous rafting experience is required however all participants must:

Listen to our safety briefing;

Follow all guides instructions;

An 18-year-old is deemed an Adult.

Our team must be notified if a child/person has any special need requirements, has a medical condition or a physical disability that may require special attention.

All river apparel supplied must be worn as instructed. Traditional headwear including turbans and head cloths can only be worn if our river helmet fits your head comfortably.

Each raft is guided by a qualified rafting professional. All New Zealand River Guides have a professional qualification and have successfully gained the competencies to raft. All guides instructions must be followed to ensure your safety.

Our raft guides, regardless of their gender, have the required skills to safely navigate a raft down the river. Failure to follow instructions could exclude you from the trip.


We raft people from all over the world, people come from different cultures, different religions and different backgrounds. It is important that all persons participating in our rafting trips have respect for everyone present.


Minimum Age Policy

Grade 3: The minimum age for white water rafting is 13 years, with a minimum weight of 30kg. Anyone between 10 years and 12 years of age will need to be accompanied 1:1 by someone 18 years of age or older. There is a maximum weight restriction of 125kg. All persons must be able to fit the river safety apparel and be fit and capable to participate in the activity provided. Due to operational requirements, Rafting New Zealand has the right to deem a person incompetent to participate in the rafting activity. This may include but is not limited to the weather conditions and or river flows.

Grade 1/2 : Minimum age for white water rafting is 3 years old provided they are supervised by an adult with a 1:1 ratio. Due to operational requirements, Rafting New Zealand has the right to deem a person incompetent to participate in the rafting activity. This may include but is not limited to the weather conditions and or the river flows. 

3. Medical Restrictions
We cannot take you rafting if you are pregnant.

We require you to declare any medical or physical conditions prior to rafting including but not limited to the following:

Head Injury

Recent Surgeries

Neurological Disorders



Artificial Limbs

Back Injuries

Heart Conditions

High Blood Pressure

Restricted Mobility



Vision Impairment

Hearing Impairment

Please note the above list does not automatically exclude you from rafting, and the list is not exhaustive. If you have concerns about a condition not mentioned, please contact us prior to travel.

4.Weight restrictions:


Our maximum weight capacity is 125kgs. This does not automatically exclude a person from rafting. If a person is deemed fit and capable by management, this will be waived. We supply the following river safety apparel to keep you safe. All participants must wear the following.
Wetsuit: Our largest wetsuit is 4XL.
Life Jackets: Must fit below the abdomen, they will fit a person with a maximum chest measurement of 147 cm.
River shoe: We have a size US 13 Mens. If your shoe size is larger than this, please contact us prior to discuss other possibilities. 

If you would like to discuss any of the above, please call us and we will be happy to talk to you.
Spray Jacket: 3XL.

Bookings Requirements for School or Special Group Bookings

Summer Rafting – All students are required to bring swimwear, a thermal base layer and woolen or thermal socks.

Winter Rafting – All students are required to bring swimwear, a thermal base layer, woolen or thermal socks and a woolen or thermal beanie. Please note that students must be advised that in no circumstances are they to wear/use cotton material as a base layer.

All students/participants prior to rafting must have signed approval from a parent or guardian.

Teachers/Trip Leaders must arrive with RNZ Limited Signed Medical/Physical Sheets.

6.Rafting New Zealand has the right to  refuse to raft a customer if:

It is suspected that they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If a customer is abusive or violent.

If a customer is deemed overweight and does not have the required level of fitness to participate in the booked activity. The customer will be given a full refund.

A customer has not made full payment.

7.Late Arrival/s Penalties and Charges.

All bookings are required to be at our meeting location 30 minutes prior to the trip time. If for any reason your arrival is delayed, please contact our office to discuss your options. 

Rafting New Zealand has the right to refuse service to any customer who arrives after the trip time. 

The following penalties will be charged to all late arrivals.

If a booking is 10 minutes late a 5% penalty will be made to the customer ticket fee. (5% of $179 = $8.95)

If a booking is 20 minutes late a 10% penalty fee. (10% of 179 = $17.90).

Please note that Rafting New Zealand may cancel your booking with no refund in some circumstances.

8. Cancellation and Refund Policy

We operate under a 24-hour cancellation and amendment policy. Any booking that is cancelled or amended within 24 hours of departure will be charged in full.

In the event that a medical condition prevents you from partaking in the activity, a medical certificate must be provided to obtain a refund.

Bookings that are cancelled or amended outside of 24 hours prior to departure can be done so at no charge.

If booking online, you are responsible for ensuring your booking details are correct. If there has been an error with your booking the above cancellation policy applies.

Refunds can only be processed through the payment method that your ticket item was paid through. Please note that a refund can take up to 7 days to process.

If for some reason a refund is required through an international bank account, all additional charges will be passed onto the customer and deducted from the refund amount.

9. Minimum Numbers

For safety and operational reasons, we require a specific number of people in order to operate. Therefore, we ask you to call us the day prior to departure to reconfirm your trip by phone.

Bookings will be accepted for numbers less than the required minimum number on the basis that bookings will be coordinated to achieve minimum numbers. If we do not achieve minimum numbers we can reschedule or cancel your booking without charge.

10.Rafting New Zealand Complimentary Shuttle Booking Terms and Conditions

Our Shuttle has limited seats and is available on a first in first serve basis.

Shuttle service is available for all persons, however if a person has paid a discounted price then an additional payment for the shuttle service will be required. 

To ensure our shuttle service can pick you up on time we require all shuttle service bookings to contact us 24 hours prior to your rafting trip. Please supply your phone contact details and your pickup location.

Departure Delays from Rafting New Zealand – Please note that we cannot guarantee an early return departure. If you have appointments scheduled for the evening you should consider arranging your own transport  so you can leave at your own time.


11.Operational Days

364 days per year – we do not operate on Christmas Day.

Operating Days are subject but not limited to weather and river conditions. We cannot operate if we are outside of our operating parameters.



The name of the business that will appear on your bank/credit statements will be Rafting New Zealand Limited Partnership. Your account will be charged in New Zealand Dollars.

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Debit Cards, Eftpos and Cash. We also accept payments from approved Agents, Online Travel Agencies, Inbound Tour Operators who we have a binding agreement with. A customer must arrive with the booking confirmation form. (Please print off for faster processing)

All transactions are in New Zealand dollars.

A card processing fee of 1.75% of the purchase price may apply to any purchases made from Rafting New Zealand made by credit card or debit card. 

All prices are subject to change.

12a.Payments made through Agents, Suppliers of Tourism Products, Online Travel Agencies.

Rafting New Zealand is a preferred tourism supplier for many agents and online travel agencies promoting tourism products. We act as a supplier only and our booking terms and conditions surpass any booking terms and conditions that the agent/supplier may have provided.

Customer must arrive with proof of confirmation and payment of the booking. Please print a paper copy of confirmation to avoid any delays.

Refunds and Cancellations. If the cancellation is made within our booking terms and conditions. The refund must be authorised and approved by RNZ Bookings Manager. The customer is responsible for contacting their booking agent.

12b.Discount Vouchers/Offers

Are valid up until the expiry date.

They cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount offer.

Discount Vouchers/Offers are not available on New Zealand statutory holidays.

Discount Vouchers/Offers are off the retail rate of the tour.

12c Gift Vouchers

Sponsored Vouchers – Are valid up until the expiry date only.

Gift Vouchers that have been purchased are valid for 1 year.

12d Notification of New Zealand Public Holidays
Discount Codes, discount vouchers/offers will not be available for public holidays including Christmas; Boxing Day; New Years Day; Waitangi Day; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; Queens Birthday; and Labour Day.

Surcharges may apply.

13.Adventure Activity Carry a Degree of Risk. Company Disclosure and Risk Waiver. (This document will be signed on your arrival)
We advise that all activities do carry a degree of risk and that by participating in the activity provided by the Operator you are expressly assuming those risks personally and are releasing the Operator and its officers and employees from any liability, claims, losses, damages or expenses caused by any event including, but not limited to:

Personal injury or death;

Property loss or damage;

Acts which may be construed as negligent or accidental;

Any other loss, damage, suffering, emotional or nervous disorder.


In participating in the activity I, the passenger, agree to the conditions set out as above and consent to the conditions in clauses 1(a) to 1(i) below and 2 to 7.

(a) I agree that my successors, executors, administrators and next of kin are bound by the terms and conditions.
(b) I agree not to commence any litigation or proceedings in any country in relation to the risks and perils set out in B above and to indemnify the Operator against any such claims.
(c) I confirm that I am physically fit and suffer no medical conditions, which may be aggravated by this activity.
(d) I consent to receive medical treatment in the case of injury, accident or illness during the activity and to indemnify the Operator against any claims in respect of this treatment. (We advise you to have personal travel insurance).
(e) I agree that any films, sound, video or other recordings taken of or during the activity will not be used in any promotion or advertising without the prior consent of the Operator, however the Operator may use such recordings itself at its complete discretion without any prior approval.
(f) I understand if I am unable to swim, or have poor physical health or have any medical/heart conditions which may impact my ability to raft, paddle, follow instructions or swim, these MUST BE DISCLOSED to Rafting New Zealand staff prior to departure. If I am deemed physically unfit to engage within the experience the cost of the trip will be refunded.
(g) I understand that if pregnant I cannot participate in this experience and if I do so without notifying Rafting New Zealand staff of my pregnancy, I do so at my own risk.
(h) I understand if I wish to discontinue the the rafting experience during the trip, I am liable for all costs associated with being removed from the river. This term is void if a medical or natural emergency arises and evacuation is required.

Weight restrictions for Grade 3 and above – 30kg -minimum weight and 125kg maximum weight (weighing may be required upon arrival). This term is void if Rafting New Zealand deem you competent to participate in the activity.Rafting New Zealand Limited Acting as an Agent for suppliers of Tourism Products. Booking Terms and Conditions.


This booking/voucher is issued as an agent for the Operator providing the services and activities described and are non-transferable.


The selling agent and or Operator accepts no responsibility for any loss of additional expenses arising from changes, delays or cancellations of the services and activities of the Operator.


This voucher is based on fares and tariffs, which are, to the best of the Operators knowledge, correct at the time of issue. Any increases since the date of issue are at the cost of the passenger payable to the Operator.