FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many people will be on the expedition?
The expedition size is a maximum of 15 clients. There is 4 river guides (1 for each raft) and in addition there are 3 coaches for the leadership discussions and 1 cameraman to film the adventure. All up it’s just 23 people.
Why use an expedition format for the leadership programme?
An expedition format naturally fosters teamwork and interdependence. The challenging nature of the expedition positions you for personal growth. The remote location allows you to disconnect from the hassles and stresses of daily life, and truly reflect and think about the more important issues in life, thus achieving clarity and focus on the things that matter most.
What fitness level is required?
A moderate level of fitness is required. This means that you need to be healthy enough to spend 7-days in the outdoors. Strength is less of an issue as most of the work on the rafts is done in teams. We’ll be on the river for between 4 to 5 hours each day. Most of the time we are floating but there are intense bursts of effort needed at times.
What happens if I have special dietary needs?
The trip is fully catered with great food and beverage. All meals are prepared by our qualified and experienced river guides. If you have any allergies or special needs, please let us know in advance so that we can cater accordingly for you.
What equipment will I need?
We provide all rafting and safety equipment necessary for the expedition. In addition we can provide camping equipment to include tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bags (the sleeping bags come with removable, washable liners). You may of course bring any of your own camping equipment. All you are required to bring is your clothing and personal items. A gear list for the expedition will be provided to you upon your booking confirmation. There is no need to pack light as the rafts will carry a lot of weight so you can enjoy the journey in comfort.
What is the river like?
The Clarence River is NOT known for its massive wave-trains and death defying rapids. It is rather known for its length, remoteness, tranquil yet rugged scenery, its untouched wilderness, and abundant wildlife.
The Clarence River is classed as a grade 2 – 3, whitewater rafting trip, depending on river flow. This means the rapids, while being fun and exciting, are not technical or extremely dangerous. Should any of the rapids concern you, you will have the choice to walk around at any time.
During the entire 220 km expedition we will travel by nothing more than the rivers energy and our own abilities. To achieve this we will have to be self-sufficient and prepared for anything as there are no roads in or out.
How safe is the expedition?
The expedition is very safe! We have an impeccable safety record and all our river guides are NZ Rafting Association qualified. Our senior river guides are very experienced on the Clarence River with a comprehensive knowledge of the local and natural history.
Because of the remoteness of the expedition, there is no cellphone coverage. At all times we carry a satellite phone and there are two helicopter operators, at either end of the river, that can access any point on the river, in the event of an emergency.
How do I communicate with family and business whilst on the expedition?
The basic concept is that you have no contact with the outside world for the duration of your time on the river. However, if you require outside communication for important business or personal reasons this can be arranged. We will be making daily contact to our base station to check for emergency incoming communication from your family and business.
What impact does the expedition have on the environment?
Our whole team is extremely passionate about the Clarence River system and its ecology. We do our utmost on these expeditions to conserve and protect this delicate environment, its natural beauty and native flora and fauna. Our philosophy is that we take only photographs and leave only footprints. We appreciate your co-operation in this.