Commercial trips are great, taking care of everything, but it does come with a cost. You looked at buying your own raft, but it costs too much for the use it would get and you have nowhere to store it.
Jerod from Portland USA on the Clarence/Waiau Toa. This is with our 4.2m gear raft as a rowed rig.
We also have a cataraft for hire for those who have experience in rowing either a cataraft or raft.
When you rent a raft or IK from us we supply the whole package - oars, paddles, frames, but also the dry bags and barrels that keep your gear dry and with you. Safety kit and throw ropes included. Even a set of laminated maps.
The three popular rivers we specifically cater for are the and the Clarence/Waiau Toa (5 days) and the Waimakariri (2 days) This season we have added the Maruia River (2 days) a wilderness family raft trip and trout fishing paradise.
The rivers are mostly Grade 2 with a Grade 3 you can walk around.