"New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to go packrafting" Thor Tingey, Owner and Director of Alpacka Packrafts
We are blessed to have some of the best packrafting trips in New Zealand within a few hours drive our base in Queenstown. These are just a small selection of our favourites....
The Dart River
The Dart River flows into the Northern End of Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy. It's a real gem. Access is via the Rees-Dart walking track then you float back down to where you parked your car. Beautiful scenery, easy hiking, easy paddling. Great day trip, easy beginners trip. More details....
Full Day/Overnight/3 day
On the Wanaka side of Mt Aspiring National park, the Matukituki is split into two rivers, The main Matukituki and the East Matukituki. There are day trips options on both rivers, overnighters on both rivers, or the possibility of combining the two into a three day epic! A little bit of whitewater for excitement, however nothing that can't be walked around or easily navigated. More details...
The Greenstone-Caples Loop
The expedition that pakcrafts were invented for. Surely one of the gems in NZ's packrafting crown. This 60km loop takes you walking up one stunning river valley, then you paddle back down the other. Huts to stay in along the way, incredible fishing and the opportunity to run the loop in either direction. Breathtaking!!
The Hollyford Pyke Loop
3-6 day Loop
Fast becomings New Zealand Packrafting Classic. Remote, gorgeous, full of history and diverse scenery. Navigate the Hollyford to the coast, then hike over into the Pyke River and paddle back towards you car. It's as if Mother Nature designed the loop for us! More details...