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Fast and furious, the Kaituna River takes you on a wild ride through foamy white water in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. The pool-drop nature of the Kaituna River means it is not technically difficult; every Class 5 rapid is followed by calm water — making the run suitable for adventurous beginners.

Start your 3-hour Kaituna river-rafting tour with hotel pickup in Rotorua, and relax on the short drive to the base camp at the airport. Here, you’ll receive instruction on paddle commands during a 15- to 20-minute training and safety session. You’re provided with any necessary equipment (life jacket, wetsuit, booties, safety helmet, and weather-dependent polar fleece top and spray jacket).

Hop back in the vehicle and drive to your put-in point at the riverbank of the Kaituna River. Get right into the action, paddling through the sheer, fern-clad rock walls of a narrow gorge that provides a stunning backdrop throughout your river-rafting trip. Then hold tight for the highlight: a 21-foot drop down the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall — Tutea Falls.

After you’ve caught your breath and made it back to firm ground, relax with return transport to your hotel in Rotorua.
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River Rats Raft & Kayak
This Kaituna River rafting adventure in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve promises plenty of thrills! With an expert guide at the helm, you’ll paddle through Class 5 white-water rapids of the Kaituna River, including an awesome 21-foot (7-meter) drop down Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Accessible to adventurous beginners, this 3-hour tour includes a safety briefing with paddling instruction, all necessary equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
  • Raft down the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world on this action-packed Kaituna River white water rafting tour from Rotorua.
  • You'll be provided with 15-20 minute training and safety session
  • Beginners are welcome!
  • All necessary equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Rotorua
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Best Thing Ever

Rafting with River Rats was the best decision I've made while travelling in New Zealand. It was my first time rafting so I was very scared... My guide (Justin) was amazing. Never once did I feel unsafe or unprepared. He gives all instructions at the...More

1  Thank Naomi L
Reviewed 1 week ago
Awesome Fun!!

For my first rafting experience I was a little nervous at first but then Justin the Guide made me feel at ease. Had an amazing time and would happily go again and recommend it to ANYONE else who want to have a go.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did the grade 5 rafting excursion which includes the worlds biggest comercailly rafted waterfall. First time ever white water rafting and I absolutely loved it! Seriously so much fun making your way down the rapids and great scenery throughout. It definitely gets the blood...More

1  Thank Brizzexplorer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Loved every second

Amazing service, very professional and sleek. It was my birthday and I thought I would treat myself to a bit of an adrenaline hit with my 2 teenage children. River Rats did not disappoint, we all loved every second. Such great fun, a bit scary...More

Thank nathan_alberon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Wow what a buzz!

Had a complete and utter ball. Took the wife for her first trip down the Kaituna with Justin as our guide. Firstly what a pro. Had the crew nice and relaxed plus got some good training in before we hit the rapids. He explained what...More

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