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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • 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, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • 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.


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


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)

Traveler Reviews

  • 17-May-2017

    The tour was excellent. t was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Our tour guide sorry I forgot your name was amazing. So kind and thoughtful and so much fun. It is clear he loves his job - thank you so much for a wonderful day. I would highly recommend this tour to everybody

  • 16-Jan-2017

    Easy rapids, good length of trip

  • 04-Mar-2016

    After a shaky start because my preference for a morning booking had not been passed on to the operator, this turned out to be a great experience and very professionally run. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Running commentary as we ran the frequent rapids down the river with plenty of little anecdotes. The stop for hot chocolate part way down was nice as were the beers and river dogs at the end.