Murchison / Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand
Helicopter paddling: South Island

Kayak holiday New Zealand

The unique experience between air and water: After paddling with classic transfers around Murchison, we fly by helicopter to the most beautiful rivers of New Zealand. These whitewater pearls in the Kahurangi National Park are practically unreachable because of their seclusion in other ways.


  • Eleven paddling days on the rivers of the South Island of New Zealand
  • Of which five with helicopter transfers to kayak entry
  • All hotel nights in a double room

Meeting Point

Nelson, New Zealand


15 Days

The heart of the park is the 87,000 ha, strictly protected Tasman wilderness area where there are no paths or any other changes made by human hand. Wild, secluded rivers are a special feature of the entire park. In the Maori language, Kahurangi means "lovingly guarded property" – a reference to the attractions of New Zealand's second largest national park.


The fabulously beautiful rivers there are a real "once in a lifetime" whitewater experience for experienced paddlers who appreciate a small group (max. four participants) with two guides.


What characterizes our New Zealand trip: The advantages of our tour to the natural wonders of the South Island of New Zealand are: We are there during the ideal season in the Kahurangi National Park: It is not too hot, not too cool and the probability for perfect water levels is highest.


Expiration/day by day

1st day Arrival at Nelson/South Island Airport. Transfer to the hotel to Murchison. 


2nd to 5th day We get our boats ready. Short briefing for paddling, location and our leadership strategy. Paddling: We start daily kayaking day trips with transfer (by bus/van) on the rivers around Murchison.


6th day Day of rest in the hot springs. We relax and regenerate our tired bones in hot thermal water.


7th and 8th day Kayak day trips with transfer (by bus/van) on the great rivers around Murchison.


9th day Transfer to our lodge on the edge of Kahurangi National Park. Overnight in our lodge.


10th day Helicopter trip Mohikunui River. WW 3-4. Overnight in our lodge.


11th day Helicopter trip Karamea River. WW 4 +. Overnight in our lodge.


12th day Helicopter trip Upper Grey River. WW 4. Overnight in our lodge.


13th day Helicopter trip Perth River. WW 4. Overnight in our lodge.


14th day Helicopter trip Kakapotahi River. WW 3-4. Joint graduation-dinner and overnight in our lodge.


15th day Return to Nelson. Goodbyes from the guides, flight home.



  • Eleven paddling days on the rivers of the South Island of New Zealand 
  • Of which six with transfer to the river in bus/van
  • Of which five with helicopter transfers for kayak entry
  • Including rental kayak and paddle
  • All transfers from to Nelson Airport
  • All hotel nights in a double room  
  • Organization and tour accompaniment throughout the duration of the kayak experience
  • Provision of expedition pharmacy, first aid, spare paddle, water filter, spot emergency transmitter, safety package etc.
  • Very small group with a maximum of four participants
  • Professional kayak tour with two kayak guides
  • German- and English-speaking tour management, detailed tour information and documents
  • Gratuities, drinks and meals are not included in the tour price. 

Arrival and departure

The arrival and departure to Nelson/New Zealand takes place individually and at the expense of the participants.

How to get to Nelson: no later than   06. Feb 2021   18.00 pm local time Nelson

Departure from Nelson: at the earliest   20. Feb 2021   09.00 pm local time Nelson

Further Information

Degree of Difficulty

Whitewater WW 4


  • Absolutely safe on whitewater WW 4


Hotels and typical riads (hotel, guesthouse)


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