We are 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Our team of Kiwi guides are keen to share with you their love of the rivers that are in our back yard. We are fully qualified in both rafting (NZRA members) and the accompanying skills such as Wilderness First Aid and Swift Water Rescue.
Starting in 1984, Ultimate Descents New Zealand is the longest operating and most experienced white water rafting company in the top half and West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand.
We really enjoy seeing people have a good time and hardly a day goes by that we don't remind ourselves what great jobs we have! With safety, innovation and friendly professional service as our trademarks, Ultimate Descents New Zealand sets the standard for white water operators in New Zealand. All our team adhere to the safety standards set by Maritime New Zealand. Safety whilst having fun is our main priority and handling with a professionalism from our highly qualified guides, giving you the client, the feeling of being well looked after.
You'll find our innovative approach to river running refreshing and our talented team of river guides fun to be with. We're proud to have introduced people from around the world to the magic of river travel and when you join our trips you're not just a customer, you're part of our team.
With its vast mountainous wilderness, the South Island contains the majority of New Zealand's white water rivers, from raging mountain torrents, to deep tranquil pools; the moods can be as diverse as the rivers are beautiful. With our base of operations located in the rural town of Murchison, surrounded by mountains and rivers giving us easy access for our daily white water adventures. Meaning no long bus journeys and transfers, we take all the responsibility for each trip and the logistics of running them. For our multi day trips we offer the same responsibility for the trip logistics but due to the distances some transfers are longer than our half day rafting trips.
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Typically a wheelchair user who can walk a few steps.
Typically someone who can negotiate a small flight of steps.
Good upper body strength can transfer own body weight.
Traveling with a Caregiver.