Tongariro White Water Rafting From Taupo And Turangi - Tongariro National Park

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Summer, 9:00am and 2:00pm, Winter, 12:00pm Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    41 Ngawaka Place, Tūrangi 3334, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


The Tongariro white water is regarded as one of New Zealand's best half-day white water rafting adventures. Raft over 50 exciting rapids, through a beautiful volcanic gorge. Explore a hidden waterfall (jump optional, weather permitting) and enjoy some hot chocolate and chocolate candy on the river. Afterwards, refuel with your complimentary River Dog (hot dog) and cold beer/soda or hot mulled wine. Trips depart daily and year round, complimentary pickup from Taupo is available.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Free snacks included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

After you reach the river base, your guide will provide you with rafting gear. Once dressed for the river, one of your professional Kiwi river guides will give you a full safety briefing before you load onto your vehicle for the twenty minute drive up to the river. During the drive to the river, one of the guides will point out the many amazing landmarks along the way and tell you of the Maori history,myths and legends associated with the area.

At the river, we will grab some great shots of you and the group and then set you off on your adventure. You will raft over 9 miles (14km), through over 50 class 3 rapids. Three-quarters of the way down the river, you will pull over and visit a hidden waterfall. Here you'll walk up a small side stream for approximately five minutes until arriving at a beautiful two tiered waterfall. Here you can choose to climb a short rope and jump off the waterfall into the pool below (weather permitting). This proves to be a highlight for most, adding another 25 minutes to the trip. If the weather is not suitable for the Waterfall excursion then we offer a different optional cliff jump.

After the waterfall excursion, you'll float through the longest flat part on the river and enjoy hot chocolate and chocolate candy before taking on the last 30 minutes of the journey. At the last rapid we collect some fantastic action photos of you rafting. Once off the river, you will be transported back to our base for a hot shower. Once changed, you can enjoy a complimentary cold beer/soda or hot mulled wine as well as a river dog (hot dog) while taking a look at your trip's photos.

A river guide will host you, thanking you and bidding you farewell once the tour is complete.


Hotel pick-up (selected hotels only)

Light refreshments

Professional local guide

Rafting and safety equipment

Complimentary post-trip river dog (hot dog)

Post-trip cold beer/soda or hot mulled wine

Entry/Admission - Tongariro River


Souvenir photos

Food and drink not listed in itinerary

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children aged 10-12 years must be accompanied by an adult

Swimwear and a towel are recommended (towels are available for rental)

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Traveler Reviews

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  • 18-Apr-2021

    This is a seriously slick operation! Our whole family ranging in age from 10 to 70 went rafting on Saturday and LOVED every moment. Gorgeous scenery, heaps of fun rapids, professional fun guides and awesome touches with the hot chocolate and choccy fish on the river and the beer and hot dog to finish. We couldn’t recommend Rafting New Zealand highly enough! We’ll be back and will tell everyone we know to come too. Thanks so much guys for making this a memorable celebration

  • 07-Apr-2021

    Four family rafts with a bunch of teenage cousins had the absolutely best time - spectacular scenery, great weather, awesome experience - real value for money and awesome guides - we would highly recommend anyone that doesn't mind a bit of very cold water to go do this with a bunch of family or friends - we were buzzing - thanks heaps Rafting NZ - you guys are awesome!

  • 05-Apr-2021

    After doing Tongariro we were looking for something fun to do the next day before we head back home, and we were definitely not disappointed! The rapids were exciting and the scenery was amazing and it required just the right amount of work to loosen our stiff bodies. Thanks to all at Rafting New Zealand for making it one of the most fun days we've had in a long time! A special thanks to our guide Wetti(apologies if I am not spelling that correctly) who entertained us with his stories and jokes and took care of us on our adventure and made sure to make the trip a memorable one!

  • 05-Apr-2021

    First time doing white water rafting and we enjoyed the grade 3 rapids as a family. Our guide (Jess/Jessie) was awesome. The hot chocolate and sausages were also a bonus.

  • 02-Apr-2021

    Great team really enjoyed had a great day with a very good guide who gave us a great ride and was very informative

  • 10-Feb-2021

    Had a wonderful time lead by Jess. Our all girl crew conquered the rapids, and a few of us cliff jumped. The scenery was spectacular and what Jess doesnt know isnt worth worrying about. A great day out on a pristine river.

  • 02-Feb-2021

    Kitted out with wet suit, helmet, etc. Safety talk then off to the river. Our guide was brilliant, but he tells really bad "Dad Jokes". I don't know if he invented the names of the rapids, but..... Next rapid is the ejector seat! The front of the raft nearly threw 2 out! All in all fantastic fun, beer and hotdogs to warm up after hot shower also helped.

  • 01-Feb-2021

    Great trip on Tongariro River at the end of winter. Very surprised about how warm we were - they have great warm weather gear 😀 52 rapids and and two guides - Jess and Owen - who knew the river inside out. A great experience any time of the year 😀

  • 30-Jan-2021

    Such a great day spent on the water with our tour guide Gabe. Definitely made our day being able to flip the raft 😁 Will be coming back for those grade 5 rapids next time!!

  • 27-Jan-2021

    This was by far the best activity I have undertaken in NZ! The whole experience was phenomenal and I would definitely do it again! All the staff were so lovely and the guides were amazing! The service from staff I received from this place were unmatched for.

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