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Rotorua: Kaituna River Rafting Expereince

1. Rotorua: Kaituna River Rafting Expereince

Drive to the Rotorua Rafting base, just a 20 minute drive from Central Rotorua. Meet your guide at the base and dress up in your wetsuit to stay toasty warm for the day. Your guide will teach you everything you need to know. Don't worry if you've never been whitewater rafting before, you don't need any experience. Non-swimmers are even able to tackle the river. In the summer months, the river is 25 degrees Celsius, making it the warmest river in the country. A quick hop across the road will see you arrive at the river ready to tackle 14 epic rapids and 3 waterfalls. The highlights will be jumping, swimming, surfing, and plummeting over the highest commercially rafted waterfall on the planet. After an hour of action, you will arrive back at the base ready to get changed and check out the photos that were taken throughout the adventure.

Kaituna River: 3.5-Hour Whitewater Rafting Experience

2. Kaituna River: 3.5-Hour Whitewater Rafting Experience

Take on a thrilling rafting adventure with experienced and local Kiwi guides. From first timers to white rafting enthusiasts - there's something for everyone. Navigate a wildly beautiful landscape while learning about Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and protection of the land. A quality adventure is blended with Maori culture for a memorable experience. You can self-drive or benefit from courtesy transport from your door to the relaxing River base situated in the middle of Rotorua's native Kahikatea Forest. You're welcome to make use of the volleyball court or 3D maze located onsite. Receive an in-depth safety briefing on land and clamber into high-quality river gear. It's a quick bus ride to the Okere section of the Kaituna River where you'll train and hone your rafting skills before dropping into the gorge and commencing your adrenaline packed activity. Snake through steep New Zealand native bush clad canyons. Be thrilled by fourteen awesome rapids and tree waterfalls including the world-renowned 7-meter Tutea Falls. Once your amazing journey on the river comes to an end, jump back on the bus and head back to the River base. Re-live the rafting action through photos snapped by a professional adventure photographer along the way. 

Kaituna River and Tutea Falls Whitewater Rafting

3. Kaituna River and Tutea Falls Whitewater Rafting

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.

Rotorua: Kaituna Rafting & Mt. Tarawera Hiking Combo

4. Rotorua: Kaituna Rafting & Mt. Tarawera Hiking Combo

Take on a thrilling rafting adventure with experienced and local Kiwi guides. Navigate a wildly beautiful landscape while learning about Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and protection of the land. Snake through steep New Zealand bush-clad canyons. Be thrilled by fourteen rapids and tree waterfalls, including the world-renowned 7-meter Tutea Falls. Relive the rafting action through photos snapped by a professional adventure photographer along the way. Throughout the day, your guide will share the history of Mount Tarawera's eruption as well as local myths and legends. On arrival at the mountain base, begin the ascent to the crater's edge in an off-road 4x4 vehicle up through native bushland. After a quick stop at the solar-powered mountain base, continue up to the beginning of the track.  Admire stunning scenic vistas and 360-degree panoramic views as you enjoy the hike up. At the summit, you can leap down into the heart of the volcanic crater for a fun and short run.

Rangitaiki Rafting Grade 2

5. Rangitaiki Rafting Grade 2

The trip starts at the base of the spectacular Aniwhenua Falls, a beautiful waterfall framed by sheer rock walls. The more adventurous can start their trip by jumping into the river from a series of jump-off points at various heights. For the less adventurous, you can make your way down the rocks to the waters edge by foot. This is just the start of the amazing New Zealand scenery on offer, with several other waterfalls & spectacular forests on display along the 1.5 hour trip down the river. There is even an opportunity to stop and have a shower under a beautiful veil waterfall. The rapids are gentle, rolling rapids with very few rocks to avoid, making this a great trip for families or those looking to relax and enjoy the scenery.  Have a turn at trying to guide the raft or just relax and enjoy the view.

Kaituna River Rafting Grade 5

6. Kaituna River Rafting Grade 5

Situated in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve the Grade 5 Kaituna River features the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall, the awesome 7m (21ft) Tutea Falls. Although this trip provides full-on action the river is pool drop meaning that every rapid is followed by calm water making it very forgiving for a grade 5 river. Around 15 – 20 minutes of training is provided prior to the trip teaching all the required paddle commands and safety information. Then there is aroun 50 minutes spent having fun in the river rapids. This is serious fun for advanced rafters or even adventurous beginners.

Rangitaiki Rafting Grade 3-4

7. Rangitaiki Rafting Grade 3-4

The Rangitaiki rafting experience is mostly grade 3 with one grade 4 rapid. The trip consists of fun, bouncy rapids running through a beautiful river valley and features stunning views of both native and plantation forest. The rapids require good team work from the customers, and 15–20 minutes of training will be given before the trip to teach all of the required paddle and safety commands. Practice is carried out on flat water first, before launching fully into the rapids. This trip is suitable for anyone who is physically active and generally around 80% of customers are first-time rafters. Approximately halfway through the trip there is around 15 minutes of flat water, allowing time to relax, enjoy the scenery, chat with your guide and fellow rafters and even have a swim if you wish.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Insanely fun experience!!! Really well run with super experienced instructors that make the experience more fun. Such a great activity to do and was fun to meet other travellers too :)

Amazing guides, great equipment, beautiful scenery and thrilling falls to raft down. A great experience, would reccomend to anyone!!

Fantastic fun. Sam and his team made us feel safe at all times. Highly recommended.

Super friendly and very knowledgeable guides, great experience with lots of fun.

Fantastic people and a great experience. Thanks so much