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Mohaka Rafting is pleased to work with schools to help Kiwi kids get out into the wilderness and come away with memories for a lifetime. We know that the New Zealand wilderness is a great environment to teach students basic skills like river crossings, hazard avoidance/management, basic survival and camp cooking. Spending sometime in the bush to gain knowledge and understanding will help them cope with accidents and natural disasters that they may encounter in everyday life or while traveling.
Our school programming costs are less than our typical rates because we know how important it is to imbue a sense of outdoor life in our youth.
We are flexible with our programs and often have schools with multiple groups of students who are interested in tramping, kayaking and rafting. Contact us to see what options can run at once and where.
We offer our classic day rafting trips on the Mohaka river - Grade 2 all the way to Grade 5- to school groups, but with a more educational focus. We can work with your school to help develop specific lessons or give them a general overview.
On these day trips we teach students about river hazards, safe navigation skills, river crossing strategies, geology, flora, fauna and the local history. All the while ensuring that the kids are having a great time on the water.
Our company has concessions with DOC in some of the North Island's greatest forest parks. Our staff are familiar with many of the best tracks, huts and campsites in the region, ensuring that your students have a memorable time if you choose to come out for an afternoon walk, or a multi-day tramp through the bush.
As with all our school trips, we work with your school to make sure that the students are taking more than just a walk. We can cover items such as: bush craft, map reading, navigation, emergency planning, bivouacs, and more.
Our company is the best multi-day expedition provider on the North Island. We understand the balance of adventure, education, comfort and healthy food (and lots of it).
Our multi-day trips through either the Mohaka or Ngaruroro gorges can be done in any number of ways. We offer heli-rafting, vehicle supported multi-days, as well as combinations of tramping and rafting multi-day trips. While on land, we offer schools programming ideas such as: bush craft, map reading, orienteering, or obstacle courses, and more.
We start our kayaking instruction for students on flat water. Along the Mohaka river, there are a number of great locations that have slow current, shallow depths and easy-to-walk shorelines. Depending on the circumstances, we can arrange with some schools to offer their students additional introductory kayak lessons in their local pool.
Depending on the camp's length of time and our instructors evaluation of student's progression, we usually have our classes running grade 2 or 3 rapids by the end of a week. For those students who may not feel comfortable enough to take part in a longer trip down the river, we will bring along a guided raft so they can still take part and enjoy the experience in a fun, safe manner.
Our instructors are professional kayakers from around the world and locally here in NZ. They impart the best skills to your students and ensure they are getting the greatest advice and tuition. We ensure that all students, kayaking or rafting, learn about river hazards, safe navigation skills, good decision making and understand the importance of having the right gear.
Curious about what else Mohaka Rafting has to offer? Want a bit of variety in your week? Want to mix and match our programs and have different groups of students participating in different activities? Read on, and contact us.
Mohaka Rafting creates custom day and week programs. We frequently do this to make sure that student's various interests are covered. We believe in making an educational wilderness experience accessible for all students and schools. We understand that not everyone can afford a multi-day heli-rafting trip and that is why we have options.