Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
from USD $81.20
Kaituna River features grade 5 rapids plus the awesome 7 meter (23 feet) Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Take the ultimate thrill ride on this Kaituna River white water rafting tour.
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In Brief

Rotorua, New Zealand
New Zealand
3 hours


Instant Confirmation
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: River Rats Raft & Kayak, 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074 New Zealand

The trip runs through a stunning bush clad gorge and features 14 rapids, including the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall.

Your day will begin with a pickup from your hotel. From here you will be taken to the airport base where you will obtain your equipment and participate in a safety briefing as well as quick training. After this you'll proceed to Kaituna River.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Kaituna River, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

You can't get more thrills and action than on a grade 5 rapid. Fast and furious, you'll ride through foamy water over the seven meter drop waterfall!

Most of the trip runs through a very narrow gorge with sheer rock walls clad in ferns and other native plants providing a truly stunning backdrop to this exciting tour.

Although this trip provides full on action the pool drop nature of the river means it is not technically difficult so the trip is suitable for adventurous beginners. In fact around 70% of customers have never rafted before.

Around 15 - 20 minutes of training is provided prior to the trip teaching all the required paddle commands and safety information.

Situated in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve the river is pool drop, meaning that every rapid is followed by calm water making it very forgiving for a grade 5 river.

You'll be provided with:
• Safety Helmets
• Lifejackets
• Wetsuits
• Polar Fleece Tops (weather dependent)
• Spray jackets (weather dependent)
• Wetsuit Booties

Duration: 50 minutes


  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All necessary equipment


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

River Rats Raft & Kayak, 837 Te Ngae Road, Owhata, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Transfers available from central Rotorua commercial accommodation

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • There is a recommended minimum weight of 40 kilograms (88 pounds) for this tour
  • Please bring swimwear, a towel and a sense of adventure!
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We went rafting a couple days ago with the river rat crew it was my and my girlfriends first time rafting white water. The team there were absolutely great, really fun positive people who made it an experience we won’t forget and left us hungry to do more rafting in the future. Would highly recommend going to anybody. And the photos that they took and showed in a slide show at the end made it all the funnier!
• Submitted 25 Feb 2019
Great fun, from our hotel pick up to the end. Thanks for the ride
• Submitted 14 Jan 2018
awesome experience. great guides. had a ton of fun. A must do!!!
• Submitted 18 Dec 2017
This was our first whitewater rafting trip and it was AMAZING. It's an easy yet exciting trip for beginners. The guides were a great. They worked hard to ensure that everyone had fun - and - got dunked at least once. :- Reviewing the photos they took after returning to their office was almost as much fun as the trip itself.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2017
It was awesome! Such a great experience and wonderful tour. Plus we got to jump off and swim in the water, hear history of the area, and just had a great time. The guys were awesome in making the experience worthwhile. I would do it again!
• Submitted 02 Oct 2016
Great time, wish it was longer. Definitely recommend these guys.
• Submitted 22 Feb 2016
It was a great experience, even though I don't like water. They were organised and professional giving good instructions at the start. On the river was fabulous, building confidence on two smaller rapids first and then the big 7m drop which was awesome.- we did not tip over ! Having done the big one the pressure was off and good simply enjoy the remaining rapids. Totally recomended.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2016
brilliant. Loved every minute of this. Tour leaders were fantastic.
• Submitted 01 Jan 2016
This is worth a try, good exercise and you get to meet some some people.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2015
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
It was great fun with lovely guides. My only wish was that it was longer!
• Submitted 12 Dec 2014
Absolutely fantastic, one of the longest rafting rivers, the guys leading it were brilliant. 50 minutes was not long enough though! Definitely recommend sitting on the front of the raft if offered.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2014
AMAZING!! The best rafting I have ever done. These guys are fantastic and I cannot wait to come back and do it again! Highly recommended.
• Submitted 11 Jun 2014
It was a great trip. Experienced guides, awsome scenery, thrilling rapids and waterfall. I highly recommend this trip.
• Submitted 24 Feb 2014
Absolutely amazing and great fun! We were four persons from Sweden, three 50+ and one 22 year old, that enjoyed every second of the rafting. Hold on! Whooohoooo!
• Submitted 02 Jan 2014
Absolutely amazing!! So much more fun than I was expecting!!! One of the best things we did on our trip! The "big" waterfall was insane and so much fun. Try to sit in the front if you can! It was our first time white water rafting, and I was a little nervous. The instructors were great and helped explain everything really well. Be prepared to get a decent workout paddling though. Oh, and make sure to spend the extra money for the pictures. You can't take a camera with you, so they're definitely worth it!
• Submitted 28 Oct 2013
Amazing tour guides, had a blast!
• Submitted 16 Dec 2013
Had a great time. Great rapids and guides.
• Submitted 11 Jun 2013
This was absolutely awesome! Our guide was great and going down the waterfalls was incredible. I'd totally recommend this!
• Submitted 07 Apr 2013
Great time. Really worthwile
• Submitted 11 Jun 2014
Had and awesome time, our guides was funny and told us a lot, not just about rafting but about the area we where in too. Will do again next time we are in NZ
• Submitted 11 Jun 2014
Loved the trip! Thanks Steve for the great trip back and forth! Abi and I enjoyed the day immensely! Thanks! Anita and Abi
• Submitted 11 Jun 2014
We had a blast, and the staff were wonderful about accomodating a member of our party who has physical challenges. Really a thrilling ride in a gorgeous setting.
• Submitted 11 Jun 2014
A truly fun and amazing experience. The best way to enjoy this would be a group of friends. The weather was perfect, the water was warm and the four of us on the raft had the most amazing time rafting. A must do in Rotorua.
• Submitted 11 Jun 2014

In Brief

Rotorua, New Zealand
New Zealand
3 hours


Instant Confirmation
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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