One person has died while rafting on a Canterbury river yesterday afternoon.

Police say the “water incident” occurred on the Clarence River near the Kaikōura Ranges.

A police spokesperson said: “The person is understood to have been rafting and passed away at the scene.

“Police extend our condolences to their family and friends at this difficult time.”

Worksafe has been notified and police “are making enquiries on behalf of the coroner”.