• Wilderness Experience Landsborough
  • Wilderness Experience Landsborough
  • Wilderness Experience Landsborough

Landsborough Wilderness Experience (3 day)

Departure Location

Queenstown Rafting, 35 Shotover Street, central Queenstown
or Wanaka, Makarora and Haast by prior arrangement.

What’s included

  • Pre-trip briefing
  • Transfers from downtown Queenstown to Cavells Rafting Base
  • Transfer to Clarke's Bluff via Makarora
  • Scenic flight by helicopter to Landsborough ‘put-in'.
  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • 3-course meals, wine + beer
  • Camping equipment
  • Experienced guides and safety kayaker
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Wilderness white-water rafting on the Landsborough River
  • Transfer/ return travel to downtown Queenstown

What to bring

  • Swimsuit and Towel
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Personal Clothing and toiletries (gear list available)
  • Small amount of money for extra food and drinks at either end of the trip
  • Please leave valuables behind

What we provide

  • Full wetsuit rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Camping equipment (including large tents - room to stand in)

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 Landsborough 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.
  • 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

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 70kms, 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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