White Water Rafting - Kaituna Cascades, The Originals - Rotorua

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00am, 11:45am, & 2:30pm daily (4pm Summer only - call direct to book +64 27 276 5457)
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    We are confirming your booking with KAITUNA CASCADES for RAFTING. Our MEETING ADDRESS is - "18 OKERE FALLS ROAD, OKERE FALLS , NZ" With Google maps you'll find our rafting base easily.  It’s a.. read more
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Kaituna Cascades was the original company to explore and start rafting the Kaituna River, and is still locally owned and operated by two current raft guides - so you know you'll be in great hands!!
No where in the world can you raft down such a beautiful river that drops into a vertical walled canyon filled with raftable waterfalls and countless playful rapids. The water is deep and warm (most of the year) and is usually a highlight of peoples visit to NZ. All of our guides are handpicked, highly skilled professionals that come from an extreme whitewater background in Kayaking and Rafting. We will give you the safest and most entertaining trip on the river!
This is also most definitely the best value for money rafting in NZ too.
Our aim is have FUN, So come join us for this EPIC once in a lifetime experience.

Cheers & see you on the river - Pete & Blue


Join us for the most unique and beautiful whitewater rafting experience in New Zealand! The famous Kaituna River is a rafters dream – a 50 minute action packed ride down 11 epic rapids, 3 wild waterfalls – One of which is the highest rafted waterfall in the world at 7 meters. All of this in a deep, usually warm water jungle canyon! All this with our legendary guides & you’ve got yourself the perfect day out! Our sweet Rafting Base in Okere Falls is in an awesome sunny location, surrounded by a scenic reserve and backs onto the shores of the Kaituna. We are the closest and most accessible company to the river, meaning you get a more relaxed environment to enjoy yourself. The native scenic reserve has a beautiful walking trail which you can view many rapids of the Kaituna River & there is even an amazing café around the corner. This makes for a great half day trip out to this stunning region of Rotorua.


  • Custom built rafts, wetsuits, helmets, lifejackets, paddles, fleece tops, wetsuit booties, and splash jackets
  • Local, professional & highly trained guides


  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller

Service animals allowed

Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health

Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Availability is all year round - Warm water in the summer and cooler in the winter (more gear provided)

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  • 27-Jul-2023

    Fantastic crew, felt safe the whole time, amazing views , highly recommended. So glad we booked and we did it..

  • 28-Jun-2023

    First time trying it out and I can say it blew past what I had imagined. The guys looking after us did an awesome job of making this trip a memorable one for us. Definitely coming back!!

  • 19-Jun-2023

    Rafting for our family of 5 down Rangitaiki River was so much fun!!! Highly recommended for families, even in winter! Everyone should go for this white water rafting trip when you are in Rotorua. Even if you are not in Rotorua, please drive in specially to do this. You will not regret it. It was about an hour of rafting, which included exhilarating splashes down rapids, leisurely cruising down flatter parts of the river and skilful manoeuvres around branches and logs. Pete even spiced up the rafting trip with 360-deg turns and more tricks (I shall not reveal too much so I don’t spoil your fun). Never a dull moment, not with Pete’s energy and friendliness, that kept us hyped up throughout the journey. We were initially sceptical of rafting in winter (temperature was 7-10 deg C). But these guys know how to keep us warm! They provided everything - warm fleece jackets (double layered if you need), wet suits, waterproof jacket, life jackets and booties. They even set up nice and clean tents for changing rooms up in the mountains. How thoughtful is that! The guides from Kaituna Cascades, Pete, Ollie, Ethan and Taiki, were so professional and kind. They had skilful guides on canoes to keep us safe. My son accidentally dropped his paddle and Taiki on canoe retrieved it in no time! Pete is literally a child of the river - dishing out interesting facts of the plants, trees, birds and fishes the whole time. He even fed us freshly plucked water cress salad. 😝 Go for it! You are gonna love it.

  • 25-May-2023

    So much fun!! The staff were lot's of fun and made us feel at ease with it all. Had tons of fun and would love to try it again!

  • 25-Apr-2023

    Another awesome trip, we took 18 staff and had a barbie and volleyball games afterwards. Guides were fun and staff had a blast despite a few being nervous. A few went in but just added to the highlights reel, a lot of first time rafters who are now converts. Great team building exercise

  • 23-Apr-2023

    An incredible day out, the course is beautiful and thrilling. The staff were excellent in taking us down. One of our trip highlights!

  • 22-Apr-2023

    Such a fun day! Crew was awesome - even a rainy day couldn’t even ruin the great time we had … would highly recommend and go again any day 🫶

  • 22-Apr-2023

    SO.MUCH.FUN!! Highly recommend. Ridiculous fun and felt very safe. Thanks very much Elvis, awesome!

  • 20-Apr-2023

    Absolutely!! Loved it .Went there with my family,It was our first time doing river rafting and so nervous before getting into the water cuz none of us knew how to swim and wasn’t feeling that confident enough for it .Trust me every one of their staff member was fantastic ,knowledgeable, experienced, kind and more important supportive during your ride .I specially wanna thanks Eion ( The Irish guy I guess sorry if spelled your name wrong please forgive me if I did ).Thank you so much again for making us so comfortable and cozy .I wish you guys great success and happiness and keep doing the great job.

  • 19-Apr-2023

    We spent a couple of hours on the local river and had a great time. Super professionalism filled us with confidence before we tackled the white water. Great guide (Eoin) ensured we had loads of fun whilst fully contributing to the paddle. Thanks for a great, first rafting experience. Would recommend a million times over!

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