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Packrafting Queenstown- License to chill

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 25 reviews.Queenstown, New Zealand

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Experience hosted by Huw & Sarah

9 hours
Includes food, transportation, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our day hiking and paddling through the NZ backcountry starts in Queenstown. After picking you guys up, we'll set off on a gorgeous drive towards the rural town of Glenorchy. After a quick pit stop we'll leave civilisation behind and disappear down a dirt road into the Rees Valley. The road less travelled if you like.
Once the road runs out, we'll start hiking. I'll provide you with a backpack and all the gear you'll need for our packrafting adventure.
The hike itself is flat, very easy going and jaw dropingly beautiful. We'll hike beneath glacier cover peaks, flanked by waterfalls and through an alluvial river valley where we often see more deer than humans. We're fortunate enough to have exclusive access to this working farm for our trips. We're a long way from the madding crowds. We'll walk for around 2hrs. Expect to get your feet wet as we cross the river a few times.
We'll stop for hearty lunch at a small creek where our paddling journey starts.
After a inflating our packrafts, we'll spend some time exploring canyons and practicing our paddling before taking to the main river.
Packrafting along the Rees river is a relaxing and liberating experience. The river is reasonably flat and extremely beginner friendly. Everyone has their own packraft to explore and drift down stream. After an hour or so we'll be back where we started, ready to roll our boats up and head home.
Our day hiking and paddling through the NZ backcountry starts in Queenstown. After picking you guys up, we'll set off on a gorgeous drive towards the rural town of Glenorchy. After a quick pit stop we'll leave civilisation behind and disappear down a dirt road into the Rees Valley. The road less travelled if you like.
Once the road runs out, we'll start hiking. I'll provide you with a backpack and all the gear you'll need for our packraftin…

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What's included

  • Food
    Hearty rolls, fruit and a cookie
  • Transportation
    Private Toyota Hiace Van
  • Equipment
    Packrafts, buoyancy aids, paddles, helmets, wetsuits, backpack
From $222
/ person
Thu, Oct 1
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
$135 per person
$135 per person
Fri, Oct 2
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
$222 per person
$222 per person
Sat, Oct 3
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
$222 per person
$222 per person

Meet your host, Huw & Sarah

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 25 Reviews
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I've been working as a professional in the outdoors since 2005. This is not my first rodeo. My CV is varied and distinguished including becoming a sponsored explorer and river runner, climbing Kilimanjaro 9 (nine!) times and collecting a handful of "first descents" on rivers around the world.
I'm incredibly passionate about my work in the outdoors.
Qualifications include:
Whitewater rescue technician
Pre-hospital emergency care
Trained British mountaineering council mountain leader
Rescue 3 International Swift water rescue instructor
Royal geographic society off-site safety management certification
Bsc Sports Development & coaching

My partner Sarah helps behind the scenes and may in correspondence with you whilst I'm out of reception on a trip. We're parents to two energetic young boys, Tarn and Denali and a curious chocolate Lab
I've been working as a professional in the outdoors since 2005. This is not my first rodeo. My CV is varied and distinguished including becoming a sponsored explorer and river runner, climbing Kilimanjaro 9 (nine!) times and collecting a handful of "first descents" on rivers around the world.
I'm incredibly passionate about my work in the outdoors.
Qualifications include:
Whitewater rescue technician
Pre-hospital emergency care
Trained British mountaineering council m…
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Where you'll be

We have exclusive access to the Rees River. This is an authentic high country farm that is often used as a location for films, including most recently Mission Impossible Fallout.
Cascades and waterfalls from the glaciers feed our the Rees. Flanked on one side by the Richardson Mountains and the Forbes on the other, our river snakes it's way through lush grass land home to whitetail deer, merino sheep, paradise ducks and Hereford cattle.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 25 reviews.

Joseph
March 2020
Packrafting was amazing and Our guide Harry was awesome! Would recommend this to anyone visiting Queenstown looking for something unique, private, and an overall amazing time!
Irene
March 2020
This tour was amazing! The scenery, especially the river pack rafting was to die for. A good manageable number of participants, so we all could have an enjoyable experience, and even better, no noisy jet boats. Do yourself a favour and do this tour. We'll definitely be doing again on our next visit to Queenstown
This tour was amazing! The scenery, especially the river pack rafting was to die for. A good manageable number of participants, so we all could have an enjoyable experience, and e…
Tee
March 2020
Great and unique experience. View is amazing. Doubt you can replicate this elsewhere. Host are friendly and knowledgeable. The paddling wasn’t difficult. Highly recommended
Edward
March 2020
Fabulous, honestly one of the best parts of the holidays. We didn’t really know what to expect and it was way more than we thought! Amazing scenery both on foot and on the water. You definitely get to see way more of the Rees Valley while having a relaxing time soaking in the scenery. The guys where a good laugh as well which made the trip! I would highly recommend
Fabulous, honestly one of the best parts of the holidays. We didn’t really know what to expect and it was way more than we thought! Amazing scenery both on foot and on the water. Y…
Domi
March 2020
Absolutely amazing experience Packrafting with the most unbelievable scenery. Incredible day and so happy we did this. Always pays to get off the beaten track. Cheers Huw!
Avantika
March 2020
Best highlight of my trip to Nz! So worth it. Would definitely recommend to try this while you’re here at Queenstown. Once in a life time experience.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

No experience is required, you'll be with fully qualified instructors all day who can teach you everything you'll need to know.

What to bring

Shoes to hike in (that you don't mind getting wet)

Water bottle