Water activity

Kaituna River and Tutea Falls Whitewater Rafting

4.9 / 5

59 reviews

Activity provider: Kaituna Cascades Rafting

Kaituna River and Tutea Falls Whitewater Rafting

Activity provider: Kaituna Cascades Rafting

From US$ 74.19 per person

Get an adrenaline rush on a half-day white water rafting activity on the Kaituna River, just 25 minutes drive from Rotorua. Brave the rapids of the 7-meter Tutea Falls, the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Experience the epic grade 5 whitewater rapids of the Kaituna River
  • Brave the world's highest rafted waterfall and 14 exciting rapids
  • Get comprehensive training from friendly guides
Full description
Join an epic grade 5 whitewater rafting expedition on the Kaituna River and get an adrenaline rush in its deep warm water canyons. Located a 25-minute drive from central Rotorua, the rafting base is next to the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve.  Join an expert guide on an action-packed, 50-minute adventure down 14 epic rapids. Brave the famous 7-meter Tutea Falls, the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. A must-do for adrenaline junkies and first-time rafters alike, the adventure is run by super-friendly guides to give you the safest and most entertaining trip on the river. Stretch your legs on the nearby walking track at the end of your raft to watch the rapids tumble over the falls, or head to the nearby cafe to enjoy some food and the best selection of craft beer in Rotorua.
  • Instructor
  • Transport for activity duration: Raft
  • Helmet
  • Wetsuit
  • Jacket
  • Life vest
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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    Meeting point

    Meet at 18 Okere Falls Road, Okere Falls, Rotorua. The rafting base is located an approximately 25-minute drive from central Rotorua. Look for the big red and yellow building on the right side of Okere Falls Road.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Face mask or protective covering
    • Camera

    Know before you go

    • No previous experience is required
    • You must be at least 13 years old to take part
    • This is a year-round activity. More gear will be provided in the winter months to keep you warm
    • Bring your swimming costume, shorts, a towel, and a GoPro camera with chest mount if you have one. A limited number of chest mounts are available to rent for NZ$5 on the day
    • All participants are required to complete a waiver form at the base, as a degree of risk is involved with this activity
    • Bring money if you want to purchase photos after your trip
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 59 reviews

    Review summary

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    Absolutely awesome experience! This is definitely a bucket-list experince if you want some fun and thrill during your stay in Rotorua. The whole team were fantastic - very helpful, friendly and reassuring. Blue picked us up from the hotel - I can't thank him enough for going out of his way to help us! Pete was our rafting instructor who made sure that we were all safe while we still had fun. He made sure everyone got an opportunity to get up the front of the raft and get absolutely soaked! The river was thrilling and beautiful. We had the opportunity to go for a quick swim in one of the calmer areas, and even stand up in in the raft going down one of the rapids! I have never been rafting before, but I am so glad that I chose this experience to do!

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    July 6, 2022

    This activity is a must do near Rotorua. We got to their base by taxi (please try to book their hotel transfer, as the taxi could be quite expensive for such a long distance) and then they gave us the safety briefing and the equipment. We got instructed at first in the parking in the boat and also at the beginning in the river. We were 7 in the boat (6 customers and one guy from them in the back). The guy was very good and knew the river portions inside out, so he always prepared us for every waterfall. It was an amazing experience, full of adrenaline and perfectly safe. I loved the fact that the guy guided us to do extra stuff other than just completing the rafting itself, such as jumping to swim in a whirlpool area or staying with the boat in the waves for a while like surfing. One of their guys was taking photos of all the boats during the rafting from the woods and we got really nice photos from him at the end for a reasonable price (40 NZD).

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    December 23, 2019

    The trip was a blast! The guide was hilarious and navigated us well, there were opportunities to jump out of the boat and swim around (in not-too-cold water), and they even allowed us to swim down one of the smaller rapids! I'd never done it before, and it was so much fun!

    December 1, 2019

    Product ID: 156828