Shore Excursion: Scenic Rafting from Napier

Badge of ExcellenceNapier, New Zealand
Cruiseship scenic Raft trip
  • 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Cruise ship passengers who want an active adventure while on land will love this white-water rafting expedition from Napier. The rapids are an easy class II, so even first-timers and older kids can join in. Admire the views of the native bush, listen to birdsong, and even go for a swim in the gentle river if you like. Photos of your trip will be provided after.
  • Learn about local culture and history from your guide
  • There’s no need to get wet unless you want to swim
  • Combine sightseeing and outdoor adventure
  • Lunch is included to help you refuel

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

    Meeting and Pickup

    You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

    Meeting point

    • GWF8+R8 Napier
      GWF8+R89 Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

      We meet you either from your ship or in Napier

    Pickup point

    • napier

    Start time

    Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

    Opening hours

    • 5/20/2019 - 6/8/2025

      Monday - Sunday : 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Pickup details

    We can either pick up from the port or from Napier city. Please note trips are bespoke. Times start once your ship is debarking from napier port.. If pickup from Napier port please note we will be parked next to the city shuttle busses by your gangway. No person is allowed to walk past our shuttle onto the port.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    Our guide was very knowledgeable of the River. He had a great personality and made the trip very enjoyable. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking.


    115 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
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    Scenic Rafting at its Best
    Geoffrey_P, Apr 2024
    A wonderful experience for all ages - Deon and the team looked after us so well and we had a ball. The Mohaka River scenery was beautiful and well worth the outdoor raft experience - a real adventure.
    Response from Host, May 2024
    Thanks for that, was fun had all round. Cheers
    Awesome river experience
    lisa_f, Apr 2024
    From the moment Deon picked us up from the wharf he made us feel so welcome and comfortable we drove to his house to get suited up with rain gear and life jackets their were people there to help us find our right sizes they were so helpful. Once on the river our Guide Vince showed us how to Oar he was so polite and helpful. We had no troubles at all my husband and I felt very safe even though we got stuck on a few rocks in the river Vince guided us on how to get off the rocks. What an Awesome experience would highly recommend this river float experience to anyone of any age and once we got off the river Deon's lovely wife had a beautiful home made picnic lunch waiting for us. Her Quiche and sausage rolls were absolutely yummy. Thank you so much. We enjoyed every minute.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Thanks for that, glad you had fun. I will let vince know. Cheers
    Beautiful trip down the river
    bbrownmc, Apr 2024
    Awesome trip with fantastic scenery! The scenery was breathtaking g and had fabulous stories along the way. Lunch afterwards was light but a great trip.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Thanks for your pleasant review. Glad you had fun.
    This was my first time...
    Kathleen_I, Apr 2024
    This was my first time river rafting. It was an incredible experience. The scenery was spectacular and the guides were great! What a fun day!
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Thanks for that, we had fun with you.
    Rafting in napier!!
    william_b, Mar 2024
    We had the most wonderful time with Leon. Everything about the trip was so much fun and what a fun little lunch we had down by the river. Just exactly what should be expected. Very very casual homemade by Leons wife. Leon was very safety conscious, and made sure that we were all safe to go on the raft and down the river.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Thanks for the great review. Hope you had an awsome cruise.
    My cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing all day!
    Shaneil_S, Mar 2024
    Amazing local tour! Very well equipped, extremely knowledgeable local guide, great fun and laughs on the River. So far this was the highlight of our entire trip to New Zealand.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Haha glad you had fun, was neat to meet you.
    Rafting the Easy Way
    William_J, Mar 2024
    Graham was our tour guide on the rafting excursion. He gave us a great ride, filled with adventure, information about the environment and great interaction with his passengers. The rafting experience ended with a good lunch by the river assembled by Deon’s(owner’s) wife. All necessary outwear was provided. Highly recommend this excursion and company.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Thanks for the nice words. I will tell G ball. Byee
    Beautiful river tour
    kathleen_H, Mar 2024
    This was an amazing and well run tour! Great level 2 rafting experience surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. Great tour company with very knowledgeable guides. Highlight of our trip.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Thanks again for coming. We loved hosting you. Come back anytime
    Wonderful Rafting Experience
    Lauren_N, Mar 2024
    Deon runs a fantastic rafting company. He was accommodating and easy to work with, even when our cruise ship changed our time in port. He was clear with where he would pick us up and everything ran smoothly. We weren't expecting a cold, gloomy day while we were in Napier, but he had all the gear and clothing we needed to stay warm on the river. He also provided lunch and took pictures throughout our excursion that he emailed to us later. I highly recommend this rafting experience.
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Thanks for that. I hope you had fun on your cruise
    Well worth It. Fun to the max
    coachj53, Mar 2024
    The entire trip!!! Excellent education, fun and wonderful fun guides. The owner was awesome as was his wife who provided lunch!! Even Gluten Free Graham our “skipper” was marvelous. All equiptment provided to keep us warm and safe I highly recommend this trip
    Response from Host, Apr 2024
    Oh thank you for your kind words. We loved hosting you
    Lots of fun, very interesting
    James_H, Mar 2024
    Well organized, great local scenery and commentary. Delivered more than expected. Provided all the gear to be safe and dry(mostly), photos Provided as a bonus
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanks for the nice words. Hope you are having a great holiday
    Recommend for a fun outing in Napier
    Maureen_A, Mar 2024
    Great day on the river Great guides , peaceful area Enjoyed the scenery Good timing back to the port and lovely homemade food to share .
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanks for the nice comments. Glad you enjoyed
    Book it!
    Joseph_S, Mar 2024
    Everything went smoothly! From being picked up at the port, rafting, lunch and returned to Port. Deon and his lovely wife offer a first class experience. We chose the level 2 tour, perfect for someone that has never been rafting. We had a spectacular day, start to finish! Thank you to everyone for giving us a safe, fun day!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanks for the nice words.glad you enjoyed yourselves.
    Fabulous Day
    PendraLafee, Mar 2024
    Deon and his expert guides (we had the pleasure of being on Graham's fun) are wonderful hosts. Not only are you enraptured by the extreme beauty of your surroundings, but the guides give you interesting facts about nature and tell delightful stories. The rapids are fun (and safe). It was a beautiful, entertaining day. Myself and my group highly recommend this adventure!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanks for that mrs hot pink jacket, you rock. Enjoy your holiday
    Shane_H, Mar 2024
    Great business had a great time would go again great cooked food well organized Deon and jo are great hosts
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thans for the nice words. enjoy your holiday
    Amazing tour, beautiful scenery.
    jswar31, Mar 2024
    This was an amazing tour, the scenery, rafting for the first time, the weather was also perfect. The guides were amazing, and so were the dogs, we stopped to pick up the guides dog panda which was so fun. Had a small picnic lunch after we finished rafting next to the river and it was amazing. Highly recommended.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanksfor that, yes we all love panda
    Fun day rafting
    Karen_C, Mar 2024
    We had a fantastic time. We had great weather and even got to jump in for a swim. Such a beautiful river. Thank you Deon for a fun day, it truly was an amazing experience.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanks for that. So glad you jumped in, made my day haha. Bye
    A great experience
    mathewharvey, Mar 2024
    Is was a great experience and we enjoyed being on a the River with other like minded people. Everyone contributed during the tour.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanks for the nice words. Have fun on your holiday
    rachel_c, Mar 2024
    What a trip! Deon was waiting on the dock to transport us into the hills him & Dallas our rafting guides were exceptional, explaining in detail about the devastation napier endured during the cyclone & subsequent floods. The scenery was simply stunning along the route to the river plus while rafting. Rafting in Feb when the river was low was not quite as exciting as we expected but we had great fun with our fellow paddlers! Good photos emailed to us afterwards as part of the package. The lunch provided after the rafting was exceptional. Highly recommend this tour.
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanks for the nice comments. yes if only there was more water.....oh well still had fun. Cheers
    It was awesome!
    ALEKSANDR_K, Mar 2024
    We had a great time paddling Mohaka River! Dean and his crew made the rafting experience fun. Our guides were knowledgeable and very informative. The scenery was breathtaking with lush forests and towering cliffs lining the riverbanks. All trip was very well organized and we always felt safe. I can highly recommend this rafting experience for the first time rafters like us!
    Response from Host, Mar 2024
    Thanks for that, yes we had fun too. bye

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