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Job Vacancies

Job Availabilities for the upcoming season. 

Think you'll be a great fit? Send your CV through to the provided company contacts. 

Kaituna Cascades

Raft guiding positions available at the iconic Kaituna Cascades rafting company. 


We are based in Okere falls - Rotorua & have a mint base right beside the Kaituna river where we raft 3-4 epic tours a day with a world class team and good vibes.


We are looking for 3 - 4 full time raft guides that will have their NZ grade 4/5 rafting licence or equivalent (or can pass the assessment shortly) to join our team this coming spring - ready for a busy summer season. We will need people from September 2024 onwards. The job will include rafting, safety kayaking & photography.

Pay rate will be between $40-$50 per hour, 40 hours - 5 days a week.


We are also searching for a couple of young kiwi trainees that are looking for long term guiding opportunities - ideally with whitewater kayaking skills and outdoor adventure training.. Must be strong, athletic & have great banter to deal with the clients.


All applicants must be stoked & friendly and happy to work in a hard working team environment. You will need or be able to get a current 1st aid certificate, a swiftwater rescue course and be able to pass a pre - employment drug test.


If this is you - call or email us at 

or 027 2765457


Cheers - Pete & Blue

Rotorua Rafting

Grade 4/5 Raft Guides wanted. 



Kia Ora Rotorua Rafting is looking for GC raft guides who are currently holding their 4/5 guide awards or Senior 4/5. We are looking for guides to start immediately, throughout the winter, and into next summer. 


We will have eight spaces for next summer, so please shout out if you qualify as a GC (Good Character), already have a Grade 4/5, or are close. 


We are a fortunate operator beside the Kaituna, allowing us to get 5 tours per day starting at 8 am and finishing at 5 pm. We have had a mad crew that is all getting old and washed up, so we are looking for some young bloods to come in and carry the torch. If you are delicate, you probably won’t last here due to the nature of the river and the intensity we love. But if you are into getting paid and stacking that paperwork, then Rotorua Rafting will be a good fit. 


We pride ourselves on giving the best customer experience with good banter and mad times, so please only email if you can laugh and raft without blaming your new for your mishaps. 



Email - 


Phone 02102607441

Serious Fun Riverboarding

Experienced and qualified Riverboarding Guides required.

Must hold Whitewater Boarding Grade 3 qualification. Based in Queenstown November to May.


Varied work pattern at least 30 hours per week.


Pay $900 to $1800 p/w

Contact Neil - 0274676550 or

Southern White Water 

Southern White Water is looking for grade 2 & 3 guides based in Christchurch.

Guides must have NZ certs and First aid etc.

Must be willing to work, guide, drive, communicate and be a part of the team.

We operate on the Hurunui, Waimakariri & Upper Grey rivers.

Good pay rates with room to earn more through KPI’s and systems knowledge.

Please contact Vinny - or 0800 723 869


Awastone, Mangaweka

We are looking for an experienced raft guide that is keen to raft a summer of Grade 2 with a willingness to work in hospitality. Work here at Awastone is varied, with extensive gardens to maintain, a busy cafe and bar, two campgrounds and a rafting and kayaking operation.

The river work is predominantly family fun rafting and kayaking trips (Sit on top) with some school groups on the fringes of the season. Kayak instruction experience is an advantage.

The season starts at Labour Weekend and finishes soon after Easter.

The successful candidate will be willing to work in all aspects of our operation and experience in hospitality will be an advantage.

The Role 

Grade II Raft Guide 

Grade 2 Kayak guide

Hospitality and Garden maintenance.

Qualifications needed 

New Zealand Grade 3 Raft Guide Award or equivalent.

Current First Aid Certificate preference to wilderness/ PHEC 

Pre-Employment Drug Test 

Current River Rescue Qualification

Hours of Work / Pay 

Starting October 21st Ending April 23rd

Wage starts at $28 p/h

Amount of work dependant on client numbers with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Staff are expected  to work through the holiday season and weekends. 


Employee in this position is expected to live on site in shared staff housing.


Paul Eames

Vector Wero 

Vector Wero Whitewater Park have several positions available. These could be permanent, fixed term or casual positions depending on your situation. We offer competitive rates of pay, a minimum number of hours each fortnight, and a great environment to learn, play and develop your skills. We also have some free accommodation available on site! We require you to be a NZ qualified Grade 2 raft guide as a minimum. Candidates should have a current first aid certificate and river rescue currency. Rafting will be your main duty, but as we are an operation offering multiple activities, flexibility is a must. Kayak skills and or qualifications would be a bonus. Pay will depend on experience and skills, and a bonus will be payable on completion of any 12 months contracts.

Some positions available to start now!

Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Tom Savage

River Valley

Trainee & Multi-Day River Guide

Have you got what it takes to be a Grade 5 guide on the Rangitikei River?

Each year we aim take on one trainee. This

position is perfect for someone who already has some white-water experience, and preferable their Grade 2 or 3 qualification. Applicants should have NZ residency as we prefer to train NZ guides.
What you need to know about the job:

  • Rivers: You will not only be training on the Grade 4/5 section of the Rangitikei, but also guiding our Family Scenic Trips, Inflatable Kayak Trips and Multi Day Expeditions on the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro Rivers. There may also be the opportunity to be trained in our own Wooden Dory’s used for the Whanganui River Trips

  • Conservation: Guides share a roster to check stoat traps upstream and downstream of the lodge

  • Skills: We will be looking for someone who is up for a challenge on a technical river, but also self-motivated and fun

  • Lodge: Due to the offerings of River Valley, you will also be trained to work with the Lodge Crew. These are paid off river hours.

  • Season: This is a seasonal position for Summer 2023/24

  • Other Qualifications: Full Drivers Licence would be a bonus, but not essential.

Email Janey –, to get the ball rolling. Applications close Sunday 20th August 2023

Tongariro River Rafting

We are looking for NZ qualified Grade 3 Guides to Work on the Tongariro River based in Turangi.

The Job involves guiding Grade 2 family trips, Grade 3 Whitewater trips and also oar boat rafting on the whitewater section with Fishing clients.

The river is technically challenging and is a great place to hone your technical rafting skills.

Trips range from 2 hours to full day excursions.


You will need your NZ raft guide grade 3 qualification and have a willingness to work across the many activities that are offered by TRR.

This may include mountain bike guiding or working on our conservation initiatives with the native Whio (Blue Duck) on our local rivers.

A minimum of 3 years rafting experience is preferred.

The season starts 21 October and runs through to the end of April.


What we require:

Grade 3 raft guide

3 years of Commercial rafting experience


NZ raft Guide grade 3 Award or higher

Current First Aid Certificate

Current River Rescue Qualification

Pre-employment drug test



Starting $28 per hour

Minimum of 30 hours per week


Contact Garth Oakden

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