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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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This Kaituna River rafting adventure in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve promises plenty of thrills! With an expert guide at the helm, you’ll paddle through Class 5 white-water rapids of the Kaituna River, including an awesome 21-foot (7-meter) drop down Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Accessible to adventurous beginners, this 3-hour tour includes a safety briefing with paddling instruction, all necessary equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
  • Raft down the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world on this action-packed Kaituna River white water rafting tour from Rotorua.
  • You'll be provided with 15-20 minute training and safety session
  • All necessary equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Rotorua
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
River Rats Raft & Kayak , 837 Te Ngae Road, Ōwhata, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand

Hangar 14s, Rotorua Airport. Take the driveway on the left as you enter the airport and follow it till you see our signs. Free parking is available out the front of our base.

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Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.Transfers available from central Rotorua commercial accommodation
Fast and furious, the Kaituna River takes you on a wild ride through foamy white water in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. The pool-drop nature of the Kaituna River means it is not technically difficult; every Class 5 rapid is followed by calm water — making the run suitable for adventurous beginners.

Start your 3-hour Kaituna river-rafting tour with hotel pickup in Rotorua, and relax on the short drive to the base camp at the airport. Here, you’ll receive instruction on paddle commands during a 15- to 20-minute training and safety session. You’re provided with any necessary equipment (life jacket, wetsuit, booties, safety helmet, and weather-dependent polar fleece top and spray jacket).

Hop back in the vehicle and drive to your put-in point at the riverbank of the Kaituna River. Get right into the action, paddling through the sheer, fern-clad rock walls of a narrow gorge that provides a stunning backdrop throughout your river-rafting trip. Then hold tight for the highlight: a 21-foot drop down the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall — Tutea Falls.

After you’ve caught your breath and made it back to firm ground, relax with return transport to your hotel in Rotorua.
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River Rats Raft & Kayak
The trip runs through a stunning bush clad gorge and features 14 rapids, including the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. 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.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY River Rats Raft Kayak
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "She can’t swim but they looked after her fine and safety briefing was good." See review


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People fun in nature’s wonderland
, 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!
Drill Sargent guide minimized overall fun.
, 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.
Fantastic trip great adrenaline rush
, 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!
, Nov 2018
Had such an amazing experience white water rafting with the guys from Kaituna! Was my first time doing it and Dave our instructor was a dream! Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area to do it!
Great fun, from our hotel pick up to...
, Jan 2018
Great fun, from our hotel pick up to the end. Thanks for the ride
awesome experience. great guides. had a...
Don T
, Dec 2017
awesome experience. great guides. had a ton of fun. A must do!!!
Excellent time going, and enjoyed...
Angela B
, 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!
This was our first whitewater...
Kevin L
, 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.
It was awesome! Such a great...
Manpreet S
, 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!
This was a very well run activity...
Clare M
, 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.

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