While whitewater rafting is undoubtedly an adventurous activity, on the Rangitīkei River you can choose to raft at a much more leisurely pace.
Awastone in Mangaweka offers river adventures that range from adrenaline-fuelled to family-friendly.
Running from the Central Plateau to the Tasman Sea, the Rangitīkei River passes through gorges between soaring cliffs, deep pools for swimming and rapids ranging from grade two, suitable for children, to a tumultuous grade five.
At Awastone, you can choose between a short splash-filled paddling trip, a tranquil scenic drift to discover the mossy Whitecliff Boulders, or explore the Mokai Gorge, a spectacular canyon that is only accessible from the river.
For adrenaline junkies, Awastone also offers multi-day trips that takes in some of the best whitewater rafting in New Zealand.