Rakaia Gorge

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Take a jet boat ride, go fishing, head out on a scenic walk with stunning views or just enjoy the incredible turquoise hues of this river gorge.

The Rakaia River cuts through the foothills of the Southern Alps, creating the picturesque Rakaia Gorge. From its rim or from its river, enjoy the views of the Southern Alps, the gorge’s cliffs and the stunning blue waters below.

Put on your hiking boots and set out along the Rakaia Gorge Walkway. This 6.5-mile (10.4-kilometer) long track takes most walkers 3 to 4 hours to complete. As you follow the initially forested track up, it takes you along the Ferryman’s Track a historic walkway lined with gorse. Farther along you will see the remnant rocks of old lava flows. The track finally dips into a gully with old coal mine shafts. Look for the remains of basic mining equipment left by coal miners.

Gaze down into the Rakaia River and marvel at its vibrant color when the sun hits its surface. Due to the sediment in the water from the Southern Alps, the river takes on a bright turquoise color most of the time. This color can drift through various shades depending on the seasons, water flow and weather.

Experience the gorge at a much faster pace with a jet boat ride along the river. The Discovery Jet offers trips of different lengths and levels of adventure. You can even take the boat up the river to the half-way point of the walkway and hike back for a great combination experience.

Try some other ways of embracing the scenery with a combination package from Discovery Jet. Choose between a leisurely horse ride, a thrilling white-water rafting adventure, or a helicopter ride for bird’s-eye views of the gorge. Of course you can always just go fishing, a more gentle way to spend a few hours in the sun. Arrange gear and transport through the Methven i-Site Visitor Information Centre.

Rakaia Gorge is located 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Methven and 47 miles (75 kilometers) from Christchurch. Discovery Jet is open daily, but pre-booking is advised. Guided trips depend on availability, river conditions and the weather. The walkway is publicly accessible at all times and free of charge, despite it crossing private farmland. The scenic walk is classed as easy and suitable for children.

115 Cheap Hotels Near Rakaia Gorge

Methven Resort
Methven Resort
3.5 out of 5
51 Main St, Methven, Canterbury
The price is NZ$114 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located near the slopes, this Methven hotel is in the mountains, 8.1 mi (13 km) from Rakaia Gorge, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Mount Hutt Skifield and Awa Awa ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"Our room was ok restaurant was very nice."

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2021

Methven Resort
Terrace Downs Resort
Terrace Downs Resort
5 out of 5
623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle
The price is NZ$234 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Situated on the riverfront, this luxury resort is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Rakaia Gorge, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Washpen Falls and Rakaia Gorge Walkway. Mount ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Amazing views of mountains. Tranquil and unique"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Terrace Downs Resort
Ski Time Lodge
Ski Time Lodge
4 out of 5
39 Racecourse Avenue, Methven
The price is NZ$139 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located near the slopes, this Methven lodge is next to a golf course, within 9 mi (15 km) of Rakaia Gorge and Awa Awa Rata Reserve, and close to winter sports, ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (292 reviews)
"Wonderful friendly lodge, couldn't ask for better"

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2021

Ski Time Lodge
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