Daily Rafting Tours

RAFTING the ULTIMATE New Zealand whitewater

Buller Gorge Rafting O'Sullivans Rapid Buller Gorge Rafting O’Sullivans Rapid

The Buller and West Coast are regarded as New Zealand’s premier white water rafting regions. Not only do they contain some of the most exciting, remote and scenic rivers in the country, but also their proximity to the Southern Alps means they have plenty of water for rafting all year round.

Buller Gorge - O'Sullivans Domain Buller Gorge Rafting O’Sullivans Section

Almost every traveller exploring the South Island of New Zealand on their way from Christchurch or the West Coast up to Nelson, or going the other way, passes through Murchison, not just a great place to stop for gas and a rest. The Murchison area hosts a secret not everyone knows about – exhilarating white water and rugged West Coast scenery, which make rafting the Buller Gorge an adventure not to miss.

Ariki Rapid on the Buller GorgeAriki Rapid on the Buller Gorge

Join us on a raft journey through spectacular grey and pink granite canyons for what is undoubtedly the Buller’s best rafting trip. “With the emphasis on fun and participation” Buller Gorge Rafting could well be the most enjoyable activity on your holiday in New Zealand. Being the only company to run the Ariki falls section on the Buller (our favourite run), gives us the luxury of being the only ones out on the water. That’s right, just us and maybe the odd adventurous kayaker in the Buller river’s untamable wilderness.

We provide all the necessary equipment to keep you safe, snug and warm on the river.  You can also enjoy the facilities at our base such as toilets, changing rooms and a hot shower. Then enjoy a cuppa and a snack while watching the photos taken during your trip, by our safety / support driver. For the Buller Gorge Rafting tour, there is the option to purchase a disk containing all of your trip photos. All daily tours start from our base in Murchison, from there we provide all transport to and from the river.

  • Biggest white water on the Buller River
  • The only river trip in the country to travel through a pink granite canyon
  • Thrills for experienced and first timers alike

We offer a large range of river trips from full day combo tours, half day tours and multi day excursions, catering for all ages and levels of adventure

Ultimate Descents New Zealand has a rafting trip for you. Check out our gallery section for pictures from our different daily tours.