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    Take on the Landsborough

Landsborough River Rafting

Departure Location

Go Orange, 35 Shotover Street, 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.

Go Orange 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 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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Menu sample

Every guide brings their own delights to the table.  Here is an example of the gourmet food  you could receive.

Evening One

Hors-d’oeuvres accompanied by local New Zealand wines.

Mediterranean Chicken: Cooked in garlic, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, honey, and olive oil marinade. Grilled until tender over the open flame.

Rice Pilaf: An inspired Middle Eastern rice dish infused with vegetable flavours.
Tomato and Onion Salad: Sliced tomatoes and finely chopped red onions dressed with garlic, basil, balsamic, honey and olive oil vinaigrette.

Fresh Fruit & the secret Dutch Oven Chocolate Cake: A secret Landsborough chocolate cake recipe baked in a Dutch oven within the hot embers of the open fire. Served with a generous dollop of cream.

Evening Two

Hors-d’oeuvres accompanied by local New Zealand wines.

Butterflied Leg of Lamb: Marinated in Balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, rosemary and oregano. Seared to perfection on an open flamed fire.

Greek Potatoes: Lightly tossed in olive oil, rosemary, salt & pepper. Wrapped together tightly to infuse all flavours baked on hot fire embers.

Greek Salad: Fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and green peppers, dressed with a garlic, oregano, and lemon juice vinaigrette. Lightly topped with crumbled feta cheese and kalamata olives. The perfect complement to the succulent lamb.

Fruit Crumble: Seasonal fresh fruits topped with a nutmeg and cinnamon crumble. Served warm with a drizzle of cream.

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