Westport - Wild Rivers Rafting

Raft the legendary "Earthquake Rapids" - a classic New Zealand whitewater raft run though a stunning rain forest.


  • Ride down the legendary Buller River Earthquake Rapids, the section with the most whitewater in the Buller Gorge
  • Wild Rivers Rafting, Ltd. is river-guide owned and operated
  • Top qualified guides with combined 28+ years professional guiding on the mighty Buller River
  • Audited and certified by Maritime New Zealand and members of the New Zealand Rafting Association

Join us on a wild ride down the legendary Buller River Earthquake Rapids, the section with the most whitewater in the breath taking Buller Gorge.

Adventurers will experience plenty of white water action. Challenge yourself at the "swim" rapid and the optional 8 metre cliff jump.

First Rafting Trip? - No worries! Your guides will give you full rafting safety instruction and are committed to making your river trip not only safe, but the best experience possible.

Because the Buller River is a large volume wild river with no dams to regulate the flow, the rapid Grade 3 to 4 varies with rainfall. Ask us about the river flow when you book.

Duration: River time 2+ hours. Allow 4 hours total.

Meeting point: Meet your guides on SH 6 at the Iron Bridge between Murchison and Westport. We'll transport you to the river trip start. Please see the map or ask us for directions if unsure.

Adult $160.00
Child $85.00

What's included

  • All river equipment/safety gear
  • A snack and locally roasted Certified Organic Fairtrade coffee, tea or hot chocolate after your trip


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience



  • Minimum age 10 years old, or 13 when river is running high.



    Due to varying river and weather conditions, all customers MUST get in contact with the tour operator prior to their selected departure time to confirm departure.

    Wild Rivers Rafting reserves the right to cancel or postpone any trip for any reason such as adverse weather and river conditions.

  • Child price applies to ages under 14 years.

Available Bookings from October 17 to October 23

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sun 17 Oct
Mon 18 Oct
Tue 19 Oct
Wed 20 Oct
Thu 21 Oct
Fri 22 Oct
Sat 23 Oct

Bookings close in 1 hour...

  • Adult$160.00
  • Child$85.00

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Carolyn from New Zealand wrote on 03 May 2021

Awesome experience

Very friendly guides

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Simon Forrest from New Zealand wrote on 03 February 2021

Buller river rafting

Wonderfull experience mix of grade3 thrills and calm scenary. Swimming and rock jumping. Great guide with good local knowledge and love of river. Good safety briefing. Took 4 hours end to end including transport and drinks.

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Camila Utreras from Chile wrote on 26 January 2021


Definitely I’d do it again! Amazing experience with an amazing team. Thanks guys

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Frances McCollum from New Zealand wrote on 23 January 2021

Great adventure

Awesome guides, fun adventure

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Bee Lian Koh from New Zealand wrote on 09 January 2021

So much Fun and awesome experience

Had so much fun , Marty n Bruce are so friendly and good guides . We felt safe and enjoyed the whole experience. Would recommend friends to do this if they are going there .

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