Pelorus River Overnight Packrafting Trip

Damian Stones is a Mountain bike adventurer, Instructor and Guide.
Damian has been involved in pack rafting and mountain biking for 20 years and is Brand ambassador for a number of different companies, including Jetboil. See more of Damian's adventures on his YouTube Channel.

Early on in April, I was stoked to paddle with my mate Will Bosnich on the Pelorus River in the Richmond ranges located in the top of the South Island. I've been keen to do this backyard paddle for a long time.

Roebuck Hut

We did this trip over 2 days via walking into Roebuck Hut for a night and day 2 paddling down the Pelorus River to the get out at the Pelorus Bridge campground.

Packrafting Pelorus River

We were hoping for a bit of rain to top up the river but we got a little bit more than we bargained for! What an epic trip!

Pelorus River route map

My choice of Jetboil cooker for this Packrafting trip was the Minimo. I really like the big metal handles for pouring and the wide cooking cup for those evening big hot chocolates. 

 Jetboil MiniMo


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