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  • 3 to 5 hrs
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours on Class 5 White Water 
  • Availability: 26 days per year, every Sunday during summer months, with some Spring and Autumn releases too. 
  • Times: Two trips per day 9.30am & 1pm. 
  • Transport:Free transport from Rotorua is provided for the 9:30am trip only. We will pick you up from your accommodation at 8:30am in Rotorua, and you will return by 2pm. For the 1pm trip please meet us out at the river location.   
  • What to bring: Sense of adventure, bathing suit / shorts and a towel.
  • What we provide: Custom built rafts, wetsuits, helmets, lifejackets, paddles, fleece tops, wetsuit booties and splash jackets.
  • Location: The river is located just outside Tauranga on highway 29, 15 minutes from Tauranga or 50 minutes from Rotorua.
  • Conditions: 13+ years only.
  • Fitness Level: A reasonable fitness level is required as this is a challenging river. 
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Kaituna Cascades

Take on the mighty Wairoa River in an adrenaline pumping rafting expedition you'll never forget!

The Grade 5 Wairoa River is renowned for having some of the best white water action in New Zealand.

Kaituna Cascades run the whole of the river including the bottom three rapids and the lower waterfall!

Hold on for dear life as you tackle 'Mothers Nightmare' which has a technical grade 4 rock garden, closely followed by a tight 2 metre drop.

Experience the thrill of 'The Rollercoaster' - consisting of the aptly named 'Devils Cauldron' and the breathtaking 'Bottom Drop'.

Feel the rush of 'The Waterfall' which has an awesome 3 metre drop into a churning pool of white water through the Wairoa Rivers boulder-strewn rock canyon.

Topped off with a small lunch and refreshments at the river!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome day

Great experience. Well worth the money, we got to go down 3 waterfalls and even swam down a really steep rapid. Awesome day, awesome guides.

Thank adamdaniels142
Petelodge, Owner at Kaituna Cascades, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We believe the guides make the difference between a fun trip and an amazing trip for sure, Stoked you loved it and got involved with all the swimming and extra activities. Big cheers from the team here at Cascades

Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile
Great Adrenaline Rush!

Really recommend this, it’s a great experience with nerves before but feel great during and after! Nice bunch of guys running it who guide you down the river and provide all the equipment you need. Didn’t really feel cold in the water also.

1  Thank Tom M
Petelodge, Owner at Kaituna Cascades, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Legend mate - cheers for the great review and stoked ya loved the rafting. Never too cold aye - with all the nice gear. Thanks from the Cascades Crew

Reviewed 23 April 2018
An afternoon of fun in the water!

Brilliant experience for my first time white water rafting - thoroughly enjoyed it and Blue was an amazing guide with us! Photos were brilliant as well and real value for money - must do Rotorua actiity!

Thank Mark H
Petelodge, Owner at Kaituna Cascades, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

It most definitely is a must do in Rotorua, it's one of the main attractions and Blue puts that cherry on top! Glad you loved the rafting and photo's! A massive cheers from the Cascades crew

Reviewed 11 April 2018
Fun filled adventure

We thought as beginners the white water rafting was too exciting for us but it was pure fun. The instructors were super nice and made us at ease. We had so much fun that the entire family would like to do it again soon. The...More

Thank Stephen L
Petelodge, Owner at Kaituna Cascades, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Awesome review guys - cheers! It is the perfect river really with sweet drops and amazing scenery - great for the whole family :) Come on back anytime for sure we'd love to see you guys again. Cheers from the Cascades Crew

Reviewed 22 March 2018
Awesome trip with amazing guides!

We had Pete as our guide, he was funny, friendly and made us feel confident and safe while going down the Wairoa river. I would highly recommend doing this rafting trip with this company because they understand the river and how it behaves so well...More

Thank Alex J
Petelodge, Owner at Kaituna Cascades, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2018

Cheers my man, That was an epic day out on the Wairoa - such a good day a great crew that vibes well together :) Come on back any time - we love a good day out on the River ! Cheers from Pete &...More

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