Water Adventures

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Points of Interest

  • Family day out at Lake Hood Recreations Area
    (waterskiing, yachting, rowing, kayaking, swimming, fishing or lakefront dining)
  • Jet boat through the stunning Rakaia Gorge
  • Visit Salmon World aquariums
  • Fish for trout and salmon in the many waterways
  • Feed the ducks in the Ashburotn or Tinwlad Domain
  • Raft the white waters of the Rangitata Gorge
  • Windsurf on Lake Clearwater

The many rivers, streams and lakes abound with trout and salmon - it’s an anglers paradise.

Arriving into the district from Christchurch you’ll cross the Rakaia River bridge, the longest in the Southern hemisphere. Upstream, experience a jet boat tour through the stunning Rakaia Gorge or hold tight on a Grade 5 white water raft ride on the Rangitata River. The Rakaia and the Rangitata are world famous for their fishing and jet-boating and are among the best examples of braided rivers in the world. - in fact, it was for exctly this type of river that the jet boat was invented.

Close to Ashburton town is the beautiful man- made Lake Hood, with a rowing course, water ski park, and residential area. While on the shore of Lake Hood you can enjoy lakefront dining. Lake Hood is a welcome addition to the other natural waterways in the regions — the braided rivers and mountain lakes, famous world-wide for the fishing and jet boating.

In addition to pleasurable boating, kayaking, swiming and fishing, the Canterbury lakes also provide important wildlife refuges for rare species such as the endangered Southern Crested Grebe.

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Discovery Jet


located in Rakaia Gorge, Inland Scenic Route 72, Canterbury - For an adrenalin-pumping experience you'll never forget, jump aboard our Discovery Jet and blast along the ever-changing Rakaia River. Discovery Jet is the the only certified commercial operator through Maritime NZ on the Rakaia Gorge. You'll need to hang on tight as our driver skillfuly weaves the jet board through... Readmore »

from $45 (NZD)

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NewZengland Ltd - Clay Shooting and Archery Services


located in Terrace Downs Resort, Coleridge Road, Rakaia Gorge, Methven - Newzengland offers archery and clay shooting located at the Terrace Downs Resort, nestled on the edge of the Rakaia Gorge. All activities are safe, cater to all abilities and are heaps of fun!

Corporate enquiries welcome as well as from any private group of people. Readmore »

from $40 (NZD)

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Rangitata Rafts

Peel Forest

located in 53 Waikari Rd, RD 20, Peel Forest - The magnificent Lord of the Rings scenery alone is worth visiting, but combine this with rafting some of New Zealand’s most exciting stretches of grade 1 – 5 white water for 2.5 hours, delicious meals and an amazing atmosphere and you have the recipe for experiencing one of New Zealand’s... Readmore »

$215 - $239 (NZD)

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Skydiving Kiwis Ltd

Skydiving Kiwis


located in Ashburton Airport, Seafield Road, Netherby, Ashburton - Skydiving Kiwis is the only spot in Canterbury to do your tandem skydive.
Nestled in the heart of Canterbury's (Mid Canterbury)majestic scenery, your mind-blowing New Zealand skydiving experience awaits you. Not only do you get to feel the rush of free-fall reaching speeds of up to 200kpm, your leisurely plane ride...

$235 - $534 (NZD)