Kaituna River White Water Rafting From Rotorua

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Summer October to March , 9am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm , Winter April to September , 10am, 2pm , Date and times subject to change Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    River Rats Raft & Kayak, 837 Te Ngae Road, Owhata, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Transfers available from central Rotorua commercial accommodation
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Kaituna River features grade 5 rapids plus the awesome 7 meter (23 feet) Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Take the ultimate thrill ride on this Kaituna River white water rafting tour.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Your day will begin with a pickup from your hotel. From here you will be taken to the airport base where you will obtain your equipment and participate in a safety briefing as well as quick training. After this you'll proceed to Kaituna River.

You can't get more thrills and action than on a grade 5 rapid. Fast and furious, you'll ride through foamy water over the seven meter drop waterfall!

Most of the trip runs through a very narrow gorge with sheer rock walls clad in ferns and other native plants providing a truly stunning backdrop to this exciting tour.

Although this trip provides full on action the pool drop nature of the river means it is not technically difficult so the trip is suitable for adventurous beginners. In fact around 70% of customers have never rafted before.

Around 15 - 20 minutes of training is provided prior to the trip teaching all the required paddle commands and safety information.

Situated in the Okere falls Scenic Reserve the river is pool drop, meaning that every rapid is followed by calm water making it very forgiving for a grade 5 river.

You'll be provided with:

  • Safety Helmets
  • Lifejackets
  • Wetsuits
  • Polar Fleece Tops (weather dependent)
  • Spray jackets (weather dependent)
  • Wetsuit Booties


Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

All necessary equipment


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 13 years

Children must be accompanied by an adult

There is a recommended minimum weight of 40 kilograms (88 pounds) for this tour

Please bring swimwear, a towel and a sense of adventure!

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Feb-2020

    Good overall experience.
    However, short thrill ride and too much focus on the staged photos which are then offered for purchase.

    Our guide was too military drill like which also took away the fun factor.

    Safe and overall good operation.

  • 24-Feb-2020

    What can I say. Amazing! My partner was annoyed I had booked these kinds of tours. Certainly wiped her mind of that thinking! She can’t swim but they looked after her fine and safety briefing was good. She loved it. She Almost came out of the boat but no worries. Such fresh water for me to swim in. Beautiful natural surroundings like a movie or better! The rapids and falls were exhilarating. It would have been great to have one more swim at the end it was so good. Great crew and very well organised tour. Do this one!

  • 25-Feb-2019

    We went rafting a couple days ago with the river rat crew it was my and my girlfriends first time rafting white water. The team there were absolutely great, really fun positive people who made it an experience we won’t forget and left us hungry to do more rafting in the future. Would highly recommend going to anybody. And the photos that they took and showed in a slide show at the end made it all the funnier!

  • 14-Jan-2018

    Great fun, from our hotel pick up to the end. Thanks for the ride

  • 18-Dec-2017

    awesome experience. great guides. had a ton of fun. A must do!!!

  • 27-Jan-2017

    Excellent time going, and enjoyed our water time immensely!!! I tell everyone I k ow to do it. Wish there was longer water time, though. But thoroughly enjoyed the ride!

  • 16-Jan-2017

    This was our first whitewater rafting trip and it was AMAZING. It's an easy yet exciting trip for beginners. The guides were a great. They worked hard to ensure that everyone had fun - and - got dunked at least once. :- Reviewing the photos they took after returning to their office was almost as much fun as the trip itself.

  • 29-Sep-2016

    It was awesome! Such a great experience and wonderful tour. Plus we got to jump off and swim in the water, hear history of the area, and just had a great time. The guys were awesome in making the experience worthwhile. I would do it again!

  • 11-Mar-2016

    This was a very well run activity and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this tour group to anyone wanting to do white water rafting in Rotorua.

  • 22-Feb-2016

    Great time, wish it was longer. Definitely recommend these guys.

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