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Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting
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Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting

By Rotorua Rafting
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Paddle thrilling white-water rapids on the Kaituna River during this rafting excursion from Rotorua. Cliff diving the canyons and rafting over Tutea Falls is not for the faint of heart. River guides help you navigate and provide all the equipment, including helmets, wetsuits, and buoyancy aids to ensure your safety.
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Ages 10-80, max of 30 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Highlights
  • Kaituna River guided rafting adventure
  • Paddle the white-water rapids and head down waterfalls
  • Gorgeous setting: subtropical rainforests and canyons
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Rotorua

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Professional guide
  • Equipment is provided for use: wetsuit, booties, helmet, buoyancy aids, and additional cold weather apparel
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off $15pp
  • Entry/Admission - Rotorua Rafting
What's not included
  • Swimwear and Towel


Start:
  • 761 State Highway 33, Okere Falls 3074, New Zealand
    Please drive into the Rotorua Rafting carpark and park. You are supposed to arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. i.e. 8:45am for a 9am departure
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17658P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Age limit: 10 years for half river trip, 13 years and over for full river trip (must fit safety equipment)
    • Grade 5 action
    • 1 hour is spent on the river, allow 2 hours for the trip.
    • During the summer months, the river can reach temperatures of 25degrees.
    • Transfers from Rotorua, must be prebooked 24 hrs prior at a cost of $15pp by calling 0800 772 384.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting?
    Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting price starts from AU$108.28. Discover and book Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting on Tripadvisor
    What is the Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting cancellation policy?
    Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting on Tripadvisor
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 2h 30m. Discover and book Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17658P1

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    • You'll start at
      761 State Highway 33
      761 State Highway 33, Okere Falls 3074, New Zealand
      Please drive into the Rotorua Rafting carpark and park. You are supposed to arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. i.e. 8:45am for a 9am departure
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    • 1
      Rotorua Rafting
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
      Experience the best rafting section in New Zealand on this exciting 2-hour white water rafting excursion from Rotorua. After getting a full safety briefing, including safety procedures and some tips, hop on the raft and get ready for some adrenaline-flowing fun. Float down a deep canyon on the Kaituna River, which is lined with beautiful New Zealand native flora. Admire the subtropical scenery while flowing down the river, which starts off with some easy white water. Then continue on where the river builds in difficulty. Eventually, float right under a couple of majestic waterfalls.  Experience warm water, and amazing rapids with three waterfalls, including the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - the 23-foot (7-metre) Tutea Falls. Then head down the river for more action-packed rafting.  After the tour, enjoy a hot shower and check out your faces on the big screen, as you enjoy seeing your professional photos.
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    • Rotorua Rafting
      1,757
      Rotorua, New Zealand
      Joined in December 2011
    • erikmT8343TD
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Rotorua rafting, Kaituna
      Cam was great! First time on proper rapids. The team kept us confident and smiling. We age 13-76 on our boat, and everyone would do it again tomorrow.
      Written 17 April 2024
    • Guide08976726882
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolute must do adventure
      This was the most amazing rafting experience ever. The staff is so friendly and accommodating and they make the whole thing so fun. We had Jack as a tour guide and he was the best, thank you for making it amazing!
      Written 14 January 2024
    • L C
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome teen/family event.
      A smooth operation with a sense of humour. We enjoyed the care and professional instruction as first time rafters. What a sense of accomplishment you get as a group. We loved it so much we booked for the next day. Our teens were initially terrified and finished grinning wildly. We appreciated the links to Māori culture as not just lip service. Our guide Cam had his hands full with two hefty adults and two teens…thanks Cam you made us feel confident and comfortable. Thanks @rotorurarafting what a team! BOOK it NOW folks!
      Written 13 January 2024
    • Roving688255
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic trip
      What a great experience. Guides were very professional and yet funny and inclusive. Felt very safe throughout even after being thrown from the raft. Thoroughly recommended the experience.
      Written 12 January 2024
    • Gabriela C
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Can't recommend this enough!!!
      Had an absolute blast! I would highly recommend this experience. I was quite nervous at first but when we got to it we were in good hands and it wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be. The instructors were brilliant, clearly very confident and knowledgeable whilst keeping it fun and light hearted. They take high quality photos on your way round as well so you get some great action shots!
      Written 8 January 2024
    • Cameron L
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic rafting!
      Fantastic rafting with really cool guides, makes you want to become one! Really slick process and really fun experience, can't recommend enough!
      Written 6 January 2024
    • Joannachu1022
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience
      It was fun and exciting , the staffs were professional and excellent care taker. We were stunned by the beautiful nature .We have been looking forward to visiting agsin. Highly recommended
      Written 29 December 2023
    • Pernille S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must do!
      This is a must do thing in Rotorua! Did it with my two teenage boys of 14 and 19 and We all loved it! Thanks to Nathan for the dip :) kind regards from mom
      Written 19 December 2023
    • 516ainsleyh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super fun and very safe for families!
      Amazing experience, professional staff, efficient operation and friendly, fun-seeking team. We had the best time and so many laughs. Jesper was brilliant and we will recommend to anyone we know from home visiting Rotorua. Thanks for the awesome memories!!!!
      Written 8 December 2023
    • dannyabr1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      One of the best water adventures
      Thrilling and Exhilarating! My teens enjoyed it a lot. You can go for a swim on the smaller rapids. Fresh, clean, rushing waters and clean air! Quite safe as long as u follow the instructions of your guide! Non swimmers can enjoy as well
      Written 3 December 2023
    • shaggysdiving
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Professional,fun and I wanna do it again!
      As a tour operator myself in the diving industry . I was blown away by the saftey and professional attitude these guys had from start to finish. Great fun, great team and I highly recommend them to anyone of all ages and fitness.
      Written 23 November 2023
    • juwe06
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must-do in Rotorua!
      I went rafting with Rotorua Rafting a year ago and knew that wouldn’t be the last time! I had no experience with rafting at all but the guides there make you feel safe at all times. It was so much fun that I decided to come back this year. Even though it was raining my friend and I had a great time on the river. I think I‘ll come back for a third round next year! 😁
      Written 14 November 2023
    • Z9138BDandread
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fab! Fab! Fab!
      Fab! Fab! Loved it! Fun and safe! River is beautiful and they all staff were very friendly and made it fun. Well organised.
      Written 10 November 2023
    • Roosie_CA
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely worth a visit!
      Best rafting experience ever! A friend of mine and me did the tour for the second time now and it never gets boring. Even though it was raining we had a very good time. The team was funny and professional and we felt safe all the time. So if you come to Rotorua make sure you check out this raft!
      Written 30 October 2023
    • Jürgen B
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing … loved every bit of it
      Really amazing experience … nice guides option for my too young daughter to take half of the ride and really cool waterfalls with option to take a smaller one without raft … loved it all. Only be aware this is relatively short especially for the folks cutting off the big fall.
      Written 26 October 2023
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    Arronnz
    Whakatāne, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Friends
    Amasing experience. Well run, staff had a great sense of humor engaging everyone in friendly banter.
    Captivated we watched as Nathan loosened his helmet, revealing his bountiful locks, he gave a gentle shimmy his hair cascaded over his strong shoulders. Thanks for the memories.
    Written 7 March 2020
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    Kia Ora, Yes, Nathan sure is a beautiful man! Thank you very much for including us in your holiday plans, stoked you loved it! All the best for 2020 and we'd love to see you again if you're ever back our way. Rotorua Rafting
    Written 16 March 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Mckinzie
    Carlsbad, CA8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Solo
    The rapids were outrageous. When I signed up I had no idea what I was getting myself into... including a 7meter drop off a waterfall. However, the guides and the crew were by far the best part of the day. My guide was Mitch and he deserves a raise for how many times he had to pull me out of the water back into the raft 😂. An additional huge shoutout to the Rotorua Rafting Crew for making my experience great even on a super busy day (there was an entire school trip at the same time as myself) but they did a great job of giving me my own attention and VIP treatment so I didn’t feel like I was just another client. Great day, great people, great photos. (100% buy the photos at the end)
    Written 12 March 2020
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    Yeaha! Thanks for the wicked review and for coming out and rafting with us! Mitch is an awesome guide and we will make sure we give him a high five tomorrow :) Thanks
    Written 16 March 2020
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    653dana
    Rotorua, New Zealand32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    July 2020
    Love the whole experience (despite the rain). The scenery was beautiful, the water was crisp and clean, and the air was refreshing.

    The staff were amazing, super friendly, and super helpful. Our guide made us feel safe and very comfortable in the water, especially while rafting down the 7 feet waterfall. Not to mention a successful one minute tutorial of how to swim down a mini waterfall!!

    There was also no delay in pick up and drop off.

    I highly recommend this activity. It is a "must-do" if you in Rotorua (rain or shine).
    Written 8 July 2020
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    Thanks for taking the time to review us, we are stoked you had a wicked time. Rain or shine we are going rafting - you are going to get wet anyway right ;). Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you back again soon.
    Written 15 July 2020
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    juliet_oliveira
    Croydon8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Family
    Had the most fantastic time. One of our party was scared of going under they made her feel really at ease and watched her the whole time. They made sure everyone had a fantastic time. I would definitely go again. Jack our guide was amazing he really made the whole experience worth it.
    Written 27 January 2020
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    The best birthday present :) . Stoked you all had a wicked time rafting with Jack and Rotorua rafting, thanks for coming out :)
    Written 1 February 2020
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    Nikki D
    London, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    This experience was an absolute highlight to our NZ trip!! Couldn't have faulted the staff or the set up, at all. We arrived a little late and the staff were amazing to still get us kitted out and onto the boat in time and didn't make us feel bad at all. The experience was adrenaline fuelled, complete with various styles and heights of drops over waterfalls & rapids, all feeling completely safe under the guide's expertise. The guide managed us as a group perfectly, ensuring we rotated around the boat to each experience being at the front.
    I would recommend this rafting trip to anyone and can't wait to do it again one day.
    Thank you Rotorua Rafting for your endless professionalism and humour.
    Written 31 March 2020
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    Thanks Nikki for the awesome review, it makes us super happy when people say its the highlight of their NZ trip, that's what we strive for and we love that you had as much fun as we did ;). Thanks again for coming out rafting!
    Written 25 April 2020
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    Rickards family
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    Tom Beadle you made a huge impact on our holiday and we cannot thank you enough - 2 weeks later and quarantined due to the virus (we are OK!) memories of you taking us down the river keep us going. Rotorua rafting your employees are so valuable and you have such a fantastic team. Having an awesome river is a small part. Having great people is the key. Thinking of you all
    Written 16 March 2020
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    Awesome thanks Rickards Family! And we hope you guys stay safe in quarantine! We will make sure Tom will get a high five from 2 metres away and he will be soo stoked to hear you all had such a wicked time. Thanks again from all the team at Rotorua Rafting
    Written 18 March 2020
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    Kaomd Namjoshi
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021
    This was one of the most exciting and amazing adventure that I have done. To start with, we visited as a big group of 12 with friends and family including kids ( aged 10-12). The Rotorua Rafting Team did an amazing job organizing the experience. All the big boys completed the grade 5 and kids joined half way for the grade 3 part. Everything was well arranged and safe.

    About the actual grade 5 experience, it was amazing. Our guide Jasper also asked to go for a short swim during the rafting. Yes, you can actually jump out of raft and swim with the raft. This was different experience and I will recommend all to do it. The big 7 meter drop was obviously the highlight. Our raft flipped upside down and it made if more interesting. A story to tell proudly now.

    All the experience from check in to check out was smooth. The photos turned out great. All the Rotorua Rafting team is professional, funny and very helpful.

    I hope you can also see the macho man Sam carrying the big Raft up the hill all by himself. :)
    Written 5 April 2021
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    Thanks for coming out and rafting with us, it sounds like you had a great time out here, and stoked to make those memories with your family! Thanks again for supporting Rotorua Rafting :)
    Written 11 April 2021
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    sak989
    Rockville, MD1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    My friends and I went on this trip and has such a blast! Our instructor Mitch was so fun and was great at guiding us along the river. So worth the money. Took about 1.5 hours, 2 with hotel pick up/drop off. Photos at the end cost $30 for all of them, but if you split the cost between everyone in your boat (max 6), it comes down to a few dollars each. Highly recommend for all skill/fitness levels!
    Written 1 March 2020
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    Awesome thanks for coming out and rafting with us! Stoked you had a wicked time with Mitch :) Thanks again
    Written 16 March 2020
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    Caroline D
    Wellington, New Zealand104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had Charl as our guide today and my 11 year old daughter and I loved every minute of the trip (she joined after the grade 5 rapids.)
    It's exciting but not too scary, you get wet but the water is warm, it's not as long as other rafting trips but much more thrilling.
    There were heaps of people today but it's a well organized team and it was awesome to see the other rafts go over the drops. Highlights were the highest waterfall, the two swimming options, my daughter sitting on the front of the boat and riding back under waterfalls for a facefull of water.
    I recommend and I'd definately do this again with this crew! Very friendly, professional and safe.
    Written 27 November 2020
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    Thanks for taking the time to review us - stoked you all had a great time rafting with us. The kaituna river is super fun, and we love that we got to show it off :) Thanks again
    Written 14 December 2020
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    Kim Paul
    Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2021
    Warm welcome from the staff at the initial meet and greet of all the would be rafters. We were made to feel relaxed and calm by Jack, even though some would have felt quite apprehensive inside.
    Professional, fun and a clear explanation of all the safety measures we needed to follow for our adventure.
    Juriy (hope it's spelt right) was our guide, he was excellent through out the whole rafting experience. Gotta say there was never a dull moment on the raft.
    I enjoyed this experience with Rotorua rafting more than my first time with another company. So much so i am thinking of getting my work colleagues to come back out with me. Just a SUPERB Team of professionals
    Written 18 January 2021
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    Love it!! Thanks for coming out and rafting with us, stoked you had an awesome time with the crew. We are lucky that we can call this work. Thanks again and we hope to see you back soon :)
    Written 24 January 2021
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