PRANZ runs a number of regional mini-meetups around the country, plus a main national meetup once a year. These meetups are for PRANZ members only.
The next PRANZ national meetup will be in Wanaka . Visit the National Meetup page to learn more.
Details of regional mini-meetups are all on the events page of the PRANZ Facebook Page.
About PRANZ meetups
These meetups are for autonomous Packrafters, they are not safety courses or intro days for people who have never packrafted before. You’re expected to take responsibility for your own safety, and particpate in the safety of the team on your trip. You’ll need to bring all your own packrafting and safety equipment, food and suitable clothing for the location and conditions. See this page for places to buy/hire gear.
The PRANZ volunteers who organises the mini-meetup does the job of setting the venue and facilitating people into groups appropriate to their skill levels. Trip leader(s) will be appointed, but these are not guided trips; you need to have the basics all sorted and take responsibility for your own safety! The minimum skill sets to participate are on page 11 of the PRANZ Safety Management Plan.. If you don’t have the skills, then you should go on a whitewater safety course, or get friends to help you learn the basics.
To attend a meetup, you’ll need to join PRANZ your membership fee makes you a member of the Federated Mountain Clubs and Whitewater New Zealand; the two parent organisations for Tramping and Paddling, who advocate on our behalf to preserve and protect the recreational opportunities we enjoy through packrafting.