Riverboarding is a fun-filled, adrenalin-pumping adventure that is suitable for children from aged 8 through to adults. This is an adventure activity and participants will require lots of energy and enthusiasm!
No experience is necessary (apart from ability to swim) — we start in a calm pool, giving you a thorough safety and technique briefing. You then get to practice moving around before we head off downriver.
The river can move quite swiftly but don't worry — the guides will always be close by and you'll stop often to rest up and give yourself a chance to enjoy the incredible surroundings.
Depending on the day the rapids are graded 2–3 (Grade 3 is waves and white water, but no problems passing through).
Once completed you get the chance to go back and do it all again - this is a great opportunity as second time round you know what's coming and can 'splash out' and get a bit more adventurous!
Bodyboard up to 12km of New Zealand's best white water tailored by the world's best river guides.
Conquer grade 2-3 rapids and become King of the River, riding the rapids on a bodyboard. You’ll enjoy surfing standing waves, riding whirl pools and eddy lines as well as catching some underwater currents if you are brave enough!
Departs: 8.30am and 2pm (November to March),
1pm (September, October, April) and noon (May). Min age 8 years.
*Must be able to swim. Maximum of two under 12s per trip.
Price: $225 pp or $199pp for family of four or more.
Sledge 7 km of grade 2 to 3 white water on special river purpose boards.
Sturdy, easy to hold on to, very buoyant and highly manoeuvrable, the sledge keeps you slightly more above the water than bodyboards. This is an action-packed white water adventure for true water lovers.
Departs: 11am (November to March). Minimum age 12 years.
Duration: 4 to 4½ hours (up to 2 hours in river).
Price: $225 pp
Float on bodyboards through a high volume river at a gentler pace with no white water, just tranquil beauty. A perfect trip for the less confident in the water.
Start with an adrenaline boosting Goldfields Jet boat ride upriver. After a safety introduction jump into the calm section of the Kawarau River.
Departs: January to March. Minimum age 8 years.
Price: $245 pp (including jet boat ride)
We have a 100% safety record since starting our trips in 1989. We put on extra guides iif there are children under 12 on the trip. Participants are subject to trip leader's discretion and must be able to swim. We reserve the right to cancel or amend any trip due to river, road, weather and safety conditions. Guides’ instructions must be adhered to at all times.
- Minimum age is 8 years old.
- Moderate level of fitness and water confidence required.
- Everyone must be able to swim.
- All weather activity but Serious Fun Riversurfing reserves the right to cancel or amend any trip due to river, road, weather, group and safety conditions