Rafting on the Mohaka RiverThe mystical Mohaka river begins its journey in the forests close to Lake Taupo and winds its way out to the coast in Hawke's Bay. Mountain Valley, situated right beside the river amongst its most dramatic stretches, is ideally placed as a base for experiences the thrills of this beautiful river!

Rafting Options:

Scenic fun run Grade 1 & 2 (minimum 4 pers)
1.5 - 2hr from base to base, depending on river flow

All Day White Water Grade 3 (age: 13+, minimum 6 pers)

Multi-Day Customized Grade 2 & 3 Rafting Trips

Raft fishing trip - Mohaka River*

Add a packed lunch

*Price does not include fishing licences which are required for each angler



On request

from $600 per day


We Provide:

  • Helmets
  • Life Jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Splash Jackets
  • Wetsuits
  • Booties
  • Gloves

What to Bring:

  • Togs/Swimsuits
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen & insect repellent
  • Only non-cotton clothing to be worn under wetsuits e.g. Polyprops, fleece, wool

Scenic Fun Run Grade 1 & 2

  • A great introduction to river rafting especially for families or beginners
  • Relax and let the current do the work on the long gentle stretches
  • Have some fun and swim the rapids
  • Breathe the clean Kiwi air and soak up the landscapes

Take a gentle Grade I/II Mohaka river journey, perfect for young families and for those who want to just relax and soak up the scenery, wildlife and heritage of the river and its environment.
Our introductory 1 - 1.5 hour raft trip begins from Mountain Valley and winds its way through small, fun rapids past the property before entering the bush and forest landscapes of the Mohaka Valley. The journey ends at the picturesque Pungahuru falls, a great spot for that scenic snap, before a short 10-minute drive back to Mountain Valley.

Scenic Rafting Trips | Mountain Valley








Grade 3 All Day White Water Rafting

  • White Water Rafting on the Mohaka RiverGrab your chance to raft the finest section of 'wild and scenic' rapids in New Zealand
  • Explore an abandoned mine shaft beside the river
  • Conquer renowned rapids such as Dog Leg, Shark's Fin and the Te Hoe drop
  • Leap off rock ledges into deep pools in vertical sided gorges
  • Swim and soak up the peace of the bush

Looking for the best of the Mohaka's white water? Currently our rafting centrepiece, take our all day trip on the Mohaka which runs some 20kms of truly remote bush and mountain country, with roughly ten Grade III rapids en route.

This exciting trip is for you if you have a real sense of adventure, since it is physically demanding and the river can be unpredictable in its mood according to the weather conditions and levels of flow. Setting off from the raft base at Mountain Valley, the half hour drive to a remarkable feature known as the organs, a rock formation shaped like organ pipes, sees the start point for the river adventure. The first stages of the journey are relatively gentle, and offer a great opportunity to get to know your guide, the boat, and to hone key skills before getting into the real stuff! You will also make a stop at an abandoned copper mine and pick your way via an abandoned shaft deep into the black recesses of the cliff face. The scenery is outstanding, and some of the views of the mountains and forests are enough to take your breath away.

Once in the rapids, however, there is little opportunity to enjoy the view – since strong teamwork and paddling is a pre-requisite to a successful raft trip on this stretch of water. Your guide, who has spent many year on this stretch of river, will practise the various drills with you before entering the rapids to reduce the risk of capsize or 'flips' as they are known, and demonstrate what to do if you and the raft do part company for whatever reason.
At a wide and gentle stretch of the river is the stop for a packed lunch prepared for you by the Mountain Valley catering team, and a boost of energy before negotiating the locally renowned Te Hoe drop rapid.

The final stretch of the river is again, relatively gentle, and gives you the chance for a swim and a 'cliff jump', launching yourself into the river from a ledge carved into the river's edge.
The pick up point is overshadowed by the towering peak named Te Kooti's lookout after the legendary Maori warrior who took his stand here during the colonial wars of early settler New Zealand.
The drive back to Mountain Valley takes approximately an hour, which offers a chance to relax, swop stories, or grab forty winks before arriving back at base.


Please Contact Us if you require more information or if you would like to make a booking.