About Us

It is with pleasure that we introduce ourselves; Stephen McNab and Kylee Stevens as the owner operators of Raftabout. Our backgrounds are diverse; Stephen holds an Advanced Trade Certificate in Furniture Making and also a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance, while Kylee is a trained Secondary School Physical Education and Outdoor Education Teacher and Housemaster. We believe in setting and maintaining the highest standards in our personal and professional lives.

We both have a love for the outdoors and have both represented New Zealand in our chosen sports, Kylee in Softball as a member of the White Sox for twelve years and Stephen in Judo, representing New Zealand for five years. Another major achievement of Steve’s is finishing 35th in the 2001 Coast to Coast one day Multisport Race.

In 2002, we decided on a lifestyle change, acquiring an existing rafting company in September and began building our dream of operating the most professional Rafting Operation in NZ. We began by renaming and re-branding the company and to date we have replaced all vehicles and equipment with new top of the line equipment. We will continue to concentrate on human resource initiatives as well as reinvesting in the maintenance and upgrading of our plant.

Raftabout family

We started our family in 2004 and now have three fantastic sons, Lachlan (2004), Wyatt (2006) and Sterling (2008), to share in our fun and adventures.

We have made history on three occasions, by opening a new section of the Lower Kaituna known as Awesome Gorge, by having the first on-water marriage proposal on a commercial Kaituna Rafting Excursion; and by becoming the first company to single guide the Kaituna River.

We are 100% NZ owner /operated and are very hands-on, ensuring the consistency and quality of our products and services. We believe that our unique experiences concentrating on safety, customer service, professionalism and product development will ensure our continued growth in the adventure tourism industry.


Our mission is to provide the safest, most professional, enjoyable and friendly experience available to our clients, while maintaining our environment.

We pride ourselves in the quality and maintenance of our equipment and the knowledge and experience of our staff.

Our professionalism and personal and friendly attention will not be surpassed.

The safety and enjoyment of our clients is our highest priority and will not be compromised under any circumstances.