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River Rats Raft & Kayak

837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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Rangitaiki River White Water Scenic Rafting from Rotorua
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Rangitaiki River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall. Kayaking is available as freedom hire or a guided tour. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim only accessible by boat.
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“grade trip” (8 reviews)
“big drop” (11 reviews)
“white water” (19 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I was nervous as it was my first time rafting. I quickly realized I was in safe hands with the instructor. Towards the end of the trip I was jumping out into the water and did the last rapid floating out of the boat under...More

Thank MegMelbourneAus
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This was a half day trip with return transport from Rotorua. The rapids weren't too hard, definitely good for beginners or first time rafting. The main reason we done this is for the 7m waterfall, and we are glad we did. A 7M waterfall feels...More

Thank Lois J
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Awesome! 7-mtr drop of the Tutea Falls. To make things interesteng, our raft flipped! Professional team. All the dos and donts were well briefed. Pick up was provided from our B&B to the office and river. Briefing was well conducted. We were provided with life...More

Thank Sara A
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Justin in reservations suggested our family of 8 take the Rangitaiki raft tour. We are so glad he did. Our group ranged from age 9 to "grammie". Josh and Rick made our first experience with white water river rafting pure excitement. There is a thrill...More

Thank 78mrsf
RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2017

Thank you for your review. Great to hear you enjoyed your trip. I assume your youngest was 10 as this is the minimum age for the trip and is what you put on your online booking form.

Reviewed 28 March 2017

fantastic trip, grade 5 dam release river, as good as it sounds. Matt and Justin were amazing. Its the best rafting i have ever done.

Thank PT N
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I took a kayak trip a morning while in rotorua and it was awesome! River rats picked us up from our hotel on time and were lovely to be with. The kayak tour was around lake rotatiti and there was hardly anyone...More

Thank Monica681
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

River rats are great! They make sure you have a lot of fun while out on the river as well as making sure you stay safe! I did it alone and I went in a raft with a group of girls that all knew each...More

Thank ChloeW_94
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Massive thanks to Matt and Justin for an amazing trip down the Wairoa. Best introduction to white water rafting....I'm hooked!! Cheers guys, Laura

Thank lmgunson
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Thrilling rapids, great guides, gorgeous river banks, cool and refreshing, really fun but clearly all done at high levels of safety. Could not recommend more highly!

Thank Fiona S
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Rick was our guide, we felt safe. He knew his stuff and we had a blast! Definitely worth the money! Just do it already. All the guys were really professional!

Thank Sam H
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May O
24 October 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
Hi, you can wear sandals but we do have wetsuit boots available if you want. Thanks Justin
24 September 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
The Twilight Kayak is a sea kayak trip on Lake Rotoiti. The trip is generally pretty placid but this does depend on wind. The White Rafting is in a raft on a river with rapids. The difficulty of the trip varies with the... More
Linda T
9 September 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
Apologies for the delay in replying. For some reason we did not receive a question alert. The Kaituna River trip is about 2.2km long. The trip takes around 50 minutes on the river. All up you need to allow around 2 - 2 1/2... More