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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

By River Rats Raft & Kayak
Recommended by 98% of travellers
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This white water rafting trip along the Kaituna River is the perfect pick for adventure lovers and nature fans. Enjoy a stress-free excursion without having to worry about navigating to a meeting spot, as Rotorua hotel pickup and drop-off are included. Travel down one of the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfalls—Tutea Falls, and enjoy incredible views throughout.
from
HK$640.08
per adult
from
HK$640.08
per adult

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Ages 13-99, max of 50 per group
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
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Highlights
  • Go rafting along Kaituna River in Okere Falls Scenic Reserve
  • Hassle-free rafting trip with door-to-door transfers included
  • Travel light—equipment is provided so you're ready to go
  • Perfect for beginners—training and safety session included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All necessary equipment
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Transfers available from central Rotorua commercial accommodation
  • 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.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3772KTUNA

  • 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 recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua?
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua price starts from HK$667.04. Discover and book Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua on Tripadvisor
What is the Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua cancellation policy?
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua?
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua is hosted by River Rats Raft & Kayak. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact River Rats Raft & Kayak on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3772KTUNA

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    River Rats Raft & Kayak
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    River Rats Raft & Kayak
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Kaituna River
    Stop: 50 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

SmileYouBuffoon
SmileYouBuffoon
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Awesome.
This is a great experience! Strongly recommend and did not disappoint. This was my first time rafting, and our boat
rosshasBO
rosshasBO
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A good rafting day
We (me 50, daughter 13 and son 11) did this activity in January, the weather was a bit overcast but that wasn't a p
davidcJ4144RS
davidcJ4144RS
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Super fun and not too scary
Nick from River Rats was our guide for our family (3 kids 12 - 17) and he was absolutely sensational as was the exp
Stacey J
Stacey J
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Beautiful Evening Adventure
Thank you Justin for a great evening! The hot springs were wonderful and the food was good. The sunset kayaking a
107leoniec
107leoniec
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Awesome day out
Awesome family trip down the whitewater. Dave and Nick are excellent guides, highly recommend this activity with th
sbfishing
sbfishing
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A river trip you don’t want to miss!
This was our most exciting and beautiful activity we have taken during our NZ trip. Our guise were super friendly a
Davexavegabe3
Davexavegabe3
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Amazing experience!
Our guide Nick was great, kept us informed on what to do and made we sure had the best time. Definitely recommend t
benjaminhL7353SG
benjaminhL7353SG
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Awesome
The rafting experience and crew at River Rats were both amazing. The crew is super kind and accommodating. Big sho
Gramma M
Gramma M
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Great trip!
We were picked up at our hotel and proceeded to the river. The guides were great and very friendly and helpful. The
lutzo156
lutzo156
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Grandious Chrismas Eve on the Lake
Crossing Lake Rotoriti in a kayak on Christmas Eve, swimming in thermal water and in the lake, delicious barbecue,
dlam626
dlam626
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Book this! It was the best thing we did in rotorua!
This was such an awesome experience!! From paddling on the lake to the thermal pools and glow worms, and seeing the
XIAO X
XIAO X
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Best Kayak tour in Rotorua
Best kayak hot pool experience! Knowledgeable, awesome views, relaxing spa pools. Homemade BBQ. Perfect!
Dalen A
Dalen A
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Great Experience!
We loved this trip! We ended up needing to reschedule to the Rangitaiki after water levels were too high for the Ka
Diamond5184
Diamond5184
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Exciting and memorable experience!
We had a fantastic and memorable experience in our white waters rafting adventure. Justin, the guide/captain of our
Delegate16
Delegate16
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Great day out on the water
We loved this rafting trip. I was really nervous at the start but by the end I could have done it all again! I like
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Cephas
3 contributions
River rafting was an awesome experience! I highly recommend booking with River Rats if you're in the Rotorua area. They provide shuttle services to and from hotels in the area (we did not use this service since we had a rental). Safety training and instructional are provided prior to departure and very thorough. Our guide, Justin, was very funny and helpful throughout our journey and we highly recommend him on your next journey!
To those who may be nervous or think they might not be able to handle it, just give it a shot. Their guides are very professional and knowledgeable of the area. Don't miss out on an amazing experience, you won't regret it!🤙🏽
Written 15 February 2020
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RiverRatNZ
Thanks for your awesome review.
Written 16 February 2020
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Michael C
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Wonderful afternoon with the River Rats team. Was so good being able to have our whole family of 6 in one raft together with Justin our guide. Fantastic summers day activity. Gorgeous stretch of river with iconic kiwi vistas. Awesome drops while always feeling extremely safe. Come on Kiwi, get out & support our local tourist operators - and with River Rats you will certainly go home happy.
Written 26 December 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for your awesome review.
Written 4 January 2022
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KJB_NZ
1 contribution
Dec 2021
The River Rats team were fantastic. They bent over backwards to make us feel safe and at home.

The river was great and our guide had a dry sense of humour, which made for a fun trip.

We'd highly recommend that you take your next (or first) rafting trip with River Rats.
Written 31 December 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Cheers for the review
Written 29 January 2022
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Steve H
Little Rock, AR5 contributions
Jan 2023
I think our raft guide, Justin, is a good person. He's probably a great person. Yet, no one should have the experience we endured with Justin as our raft guide. Pay attention to the rapid-fire briefing Justin provides before getting into the raft. I thought I did pay attention, but Justin let me know I was clueless, inept, and a basic failure in life by not performing the various procedures to his satisfaction. In my defense, I do not respond well to someone yelling at me, embarrassing me in front of others, bounding across the raft to get in my face, yelling "Why can't you do it?". He then informed us of a fatality on the river. Fortunately, our group of 30 people (median age of about 60) had no fatalities, just two people with bleeding cuts from capsizing going over the falls. Our raft did not capsize. My background includes decades of instructing, teaching instructors, and evaluating instructors within the aviation industry. Justin violated numerous rules of effective instructing and his style actually impedes effective learning. I can only guess he is demonstrating classic burnout, has personal life issues, is carrying the burden of running a business, or perhaps something else. Avoid Justin as your raft guide. The younger guides do the same job with an enjoyable outcome and wonderful memories. You do not want a repeat of our memories. January 2023.
Written 1 February 2023
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guruboy2015
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Mar 2022
Totally outstanding. Have done a few white water raft trips over many many years and these guys knocked the ball out of the park. Brilliant customer service, great knowldge, and very helpful. The rafting on the Kaituna is compact - just over an hour, but worth every scent. It's epic. Adults & Kids enjoyed it alike. The two 14 year old boys with us were buzzing. Great Job & see you again soon River Rats !
Written 2 May 2022
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RiverRatNZ
Thanks for for your awesome review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written 11 May 2022
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BeanGouldstone
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
I 1000% recommend Nev & Ant from River Rats to white water raft the Kaituna River! The service was excellent & they were helpful every step of the way. Nev manned the back of the raft & Ant was a support kayaker never far away. Nev was such a hoot, constantly making us laugh. Their years of experience & mix of humour made our morning so enjoyable while feeling safe in their hands going down the grade 5 rapids, surrounded by beautiful NZ scenery.
Written 2 May 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for putting a smile on our faces with your awesome review. 1000% is a lot :-)
Written 3 May 2021
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Zara L
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
We are just now catching our breath down the road from the river rats hanger having a glass of vino and some well deserved carbs . What an afternoon, the Kaituna rafting trip was worth every penny and we would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to get wet, terrify themselves in the process and ultimately have an afternoon for the books . This is a public service announcement for all the ladies out there, the guides are gorgeous . We got there wishing we had a fresh lick of fake tan and a blow dry - however we looked more like drowned river rats. You absolutely should include a rafting trip in your Rotovegas experience. Thanks to our guide Nev for tolerating us, your constant sarcasm but overall professional safety first approach . Also thanks to Simon and Fisher for being just wonderful . Love Millie and Zara .
Written 11 January 2020
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StephGodsiff
Whangarei, New Zealand8 contributions
Jul 2020
I had 3 teenagers go on the rafting this morning, A 13, 15, and 16 year old. They LOVED it!! I wish I had gone as well - we are definitely coming back and doing more rafting with them. I was really apprehensive about the kids doing it - but Justin was so reassuring and once we got there and I saw how amazing and professional they were. It was just 50 minutes so they did not get cold even though middle of winter but they had such good equipment they were fine. Highly recommend this! And really good value for money.
Written 13 July 2020
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for trusting us with your teenagers, and for your awesome review :-) We look forward to seeing you back soon.
Written 14 July 2020
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Lisa
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Solo
I must say I highly recommend this activity. So convenient to find online with fast response to lock in my adventure. The guide, Dave was sooo impressive with his oar - so much stamina when he was riding me over some of the biggest rapids I’ve ever experienced! Just when I thought we were done he would take me over another one! He sure knew his way around the course and wasn’t afraid to go hard and lift the excitement levels for our pleasure! I got so wet and tried my best not to scream too loud, but it was all very exciting! The view was spectacular, definitely a treat on the eyes. Overall, I was wet, dirty and exhausted by the end of it but it was a ride I’ll remember! In fact it was so good, one time wasn’t enough so I went back for more the next day 😉
Thanks River Rats. Thanks Dave! You provided some solid fun!
Written 2 February 2020
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Patrick Ye
1 contribution
Apr 2022
The staff were all very warm and friendly. The instructor/skipper, Nev, was a good laugh and knowledgeable about the river. The whole rafting experience was one of a kind, an opportunity to raft off the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world (which they won't let you forget) and get into the water, was a unique experience. The photos taken were reasonably priced and high quality. Would highly recommend to anyone who is seeking a water-based thrill.
Written 22 April 2022
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RiverRatNZ
Cheers for your great review.
Written 25 April 2022
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