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    Wilderness Experience

    Brodrick Wilderness Experience
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    Queenstown Rafting

    Brodrick Expedition


Brodrick Wilderness Experience (5 day)

Departure Location

Queenstown Rafting, 35 Shotover Street, central Queenstown.

What’s included

  • Pre-trip briefing
  • Transfers from downtown Queenstown to the head of Lake Ohau
  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Full nature and history commentary from our experienced guides
  • Scenic helicopter flight between Creswicke Flat to Landsborough camp
  • All meals
  • Camping equipment
  • Maps and relevant information
  • Experienced guides and safety kayaker
  • Accommodation
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Wilderness white-water rafting on the Landsborough River
  • Transfer/ return travel to downtown Queenstown

What to bring

  • Sleeping Bag (available for hire)
  • Torch with spare batteries (head torch is ideal)
  • Thermals
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket (with hood) and trousers
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Personal clothing and toiletries (full gear list available) such as:
  • Sturdy walking boots (comfortable and worn in)
  • Fleece or woollen jumper
  • Woollen socks (2 pairs)
  • Swimsuit, towel
  • Warm trousers, hat and gloves
  • Shorts, t-shirt

Special notes

  • Bookings for this rafting trip cannot be made within 5 days prior to departure
  • This rafting trip operates with a minimum of 4 people
  • Suitable for water competent people of moderate fitness
  • Minimum age 15 years and over (15-17 year olds must have a guardian travel with them)
  • Minimum weight 40kgs (88lbs)
  • Please note the different booking terms and conditions for the Brodrick Wilderness Experience.  Cancellation policy: 30 days before departure = full refund less your deposit of $100; Between 14 and 30 days before departure = 50% refund; and less than two weeks - No refund
    All trips operate dependent on weather, river level and/or water temperature.
  • This is a remote area, so no phone coverage, no roads and no internet access, just you and nature!
  • Please allow at least 24 hours flexibility before and after this trip as delays may result from adverse weather conditions

Safety and Risk

Queenstown Rafting is a licenced operator and recognised as a leader in the field of river safety and proactive risk management.  With fully qualified guides, we have a safety kayaker on every trip and use satellite telephone communications. Participation in rafting activities involves a degree of risk and the rafting operator cannot absolutely guarantee participant's safety.  Clients on guided tours must listen carefully to and follow guides' instructions and adhere to safety requirements.

Queenstown Rafting accepts its legal responsibilities but cannot be held responsible for personal injury or for loss, theft or damage of/to your equipment outside legal responsibilities. Participants will be required to sign a liability form to this effect before starting a tour.

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About the Landsborough Valley & River 

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The Landsborough Valley & River

The Landsborough is a major tributary of the Haast River and is unique in that it runs roughly north/south for 70 kms, parallel to the main divide. Like many other New Zealand valleys, the sides are steep and of glacial origin with large fans and terraces occurring on the valley floor.

The valley is bounded by the Solution Range to the west and its headwaters lie in the permanent snowfields of the Hooker range and the main divide near Mt Cook. From our Toetoe Flat Camp, Mount Dechen and Mount Strachan can be seen up the valley on the left side with their associated Glaciers. Mount Dechan (behind the first glacier) is 8,670 feet high and Mount Strachan is 8,400 feet high. The size of the Glaciers varies year to year depending on winter snowfall, however they remain permanent features.

The Landsborough river is frequently discoloured by fine particles of glacier dust released by snowmelt.

All forests are dominated by silver beech, however southern rata occurs on the upper slopes of Clarke Mound and on Strutt Bluff. Near the confluence of the Clarke and Landsborough Rivers there are occasional strands of rimu and miro and matai as a rare canopy species. Halls totara and kamahi appear as a sub-canopy species throughout.

The valley is one of the richest bird faunas in South Westland. Surveys have identified 36 species. The most numerous species being the Kaka, Rifleman, Brown Creeper, Grey Warbler, Tit and Bellbird. Of special significance are the endanged Blue Duck (Whio) and the Yellowhead (Mohua).

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