Jetboats and Packrafts

As Packrafting gets more popular, there is more potential for conflict between Packrafters and other river users. With a bit of common courtesy, Packrafters can demonstrate considerate behaviour which will help ensure safety and a good reputation in the outdoor community. Jetboat capabilities Jetboats are very capable watercraft, and can get up some big rapids…

Matukituki River East Branch (II/III-) from Junction Flat to Cameron Flat

A classic day trip, with straightforward access, amazing views and just enough rapids to keep intermediate packrafters entertained but not terrified. Needs a bit of rain to bring out the best in it. View Larger Topographic Map Jetboats Be aware that Wanaka River Journeys (as well as recreational jet boaters) regularly operate on the Matukituki River. These…

West Matukituki River (I-III) above Raspberry Flat

An out-and-back trip, through farmland, beech forest and huge Otago peaks. Lots of options to shorten or lengthen the trip. A one day option goes as far as Aspiring Hut, avoiding the harder rapids. For two days, camp at Shovel Flat, for the top section of class III paddling. More days could be spent with…

Dart River (I/II) from Daley’s Flat Hut

A great overnight trip, to explore a newly formed lake.  Some fun, easy paddling in a gorgeous valley. Jetboats Be aware that Dart River Safaris commercial Jetboats can travel as far as Slip Stream. Read the Jetboat courtesy code, and give them a call before you head out! The Dart Track Currently the lower reaches of…