Pioneer Rafting operates
unique eco rafting adventures for families, first-timers and most ages.
We navigate the upper reaches of the Clutha
Mata-Au - New Zealand's largest river, flowing swiftly from Lake Wanaka
into the golden semi-desert
landscape of Central Otago.
Along the way, we encounter peaceful river
sections, birdlife, and exciting but easy Grade 2-3 whitewater rapids
that everyone can enjoy.
Every trip includes time to relax on the
riverbank, where we 'boil
the billy' to make Tea-Tree tea (picked fresh), and we often pan for
Pioneer Rafting is owner-operated by Lewis: "Finn"
Verduyn, who has been described as one of the most experienced raft
guides in New Zealand.
Lewis has pioneered eco rafting,
specializing in quality, sustainable, eco-focused rafting
adventures since 1991. He has a unique affinity with
genuine desire to share its magic with others.
In 2003, Lewis
initiated a river conservation project to create the Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway,
with a river-length trail, along the entire 338km Clutha Mata-Au
corridor from Lake Wanaka to
the Pacific Ocean.
devotes countless volunteer hours to conservation as a activist,
researcher and writer. When you raft with Lewis, you are supporting his
We are often told
that the Clutha
Mata-Au is one of the
most beautiful rivers in the world.
Our eco rafting adventures let you
experience both the charm of the scenic river environment and
fun of the easy whitewater.
Rafting, especially on a large river,
is one of life's true adventures ...
said there weren't
no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and
smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and
comfortable on a raft." ~ Huck Finn.