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River Rats Raft & Kayak

837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Our family of four turned up unsure of what to expect and feeling a little nervous. .. Our guide Mike had a hilarious sense of humour and together with his skills instructed us safely down the river, leaving us wanting more... Will definitely try this...More

Thank Teena W
Reviewed 4 April 2016

The most exhilarating thing we did in NZ. The group are health and safety conscious and the level 5 trip was thrilling. Would recommend to anyone. Do listen and take off glasses and ear rings.

1  Thank JanT1234
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Great morning on the water here (and the water is so warm!) with fun guides, beautiful scenery & fun drops over the falls!

Thank Taryn W
Reviewed 30 March 2016

A well organised rafting adventure. We are a family of four with both kids in late teens. The staff were friendly and informative and the rafting was excellent. Although not as many rapids as previous experiences in Canada there were 2 waterfalls which were exciting...More

Thank Sean B
Reviewed 29 March 2016

An exceptional experience! Great guides and equipment. The Wairoa River in particular is a must for anyone interested in white water rafting. Definitely recommend!

Thank brendane821
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

We hadn't done white water rafting previously, but we will be doing it again. The river rats team introduced us to it in the best way possible. They were professional but still fun. Mike guided as with Dave as our safety kayaker. It was a...More

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 24 March 2016

As a former guide, I know a good rafting company when I see one, and River Rats fits the bill. The outfitter was well-organized and clean, and all the equipment was well taken care of and up to date. Our guide was professional, funny and...More

Thank James P
Reviewed 24 March 2016

If you are ever in Rotorua, get yourself to River Rats (by the airport) stat! We were a bunch of 40+ (with one 50+) and we rafted the "highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world", being the Kaituna river. Oh yeah we did! It was...More

Thank Becksandgary
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Very professional. Guides are second to none. Way better than at home. Did the 3-4 and afterwards wished we'd done the 5's. Go for it!

Thank jway0
Reviewed 13 March 2016

I needed a bit of coercing to do this with the hubby, but really glad that I did! As a non-swimmer, and first time rafter, needless to say I was a little unsure and anxious but comforted by many recollections of others who had never...More

1  Thank Syphoness
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May O
Do I need to have sanded / water shoes to be on the kayak trip? Or can I be barefoot ? Thanks !
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
How is the "Twilight Kayak" different from the regular white water rafting tour?
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
How many kilometers is the actual river trip?
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