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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua provided by River Rats Raft & Kayak

Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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from $129.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
What to expect
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3772KTUNA
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • All necessary equipment
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Duration
3h
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.
Inclusions
Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • All necessary equipment
Exclusions
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.
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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 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
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    River Rats Raft & Kayak
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    River Rats Raft & Kayak
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Kaituna River
    Stop: 50 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    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.
    See address & details
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237 reviews
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Paula T
Tauranga, New Zealand7 contributions
Exhilarating, gorgeous NZ, on water.
Great fun. Nev was hilarious and helped to settle our nerves. The river is absolutely gorgeous. Loved the surfing and being able to swim down a rapid. Flip flip flip! Lol, whoops...
Written 1 June 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for your review :-)
Written 8 June 2021
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Michelle
2 contributions
Adrenaline rush experience
May 2021 • Friends
Awesome experience, totally out of my comfort zone, so much fun and laughter
I recommend giving it a go
Written 31 May 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for trusting us enough to step outside your comfort zone and for taking the time to post a review.
Written 8 June 2021
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Carmen S
2 contributions
Thrilling
May 2021 • Friends
As scary as it was going down the waterfall , tips for the future listen to the instructions and don’t let go of the boat
Written 30 May 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Good advice. Thank you for your 5 star review.
Written 1 June 2021
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Jonathan
1 contribution
Lots of fun, only wish it went longer/faster!
Mar 2021
Nice combination of exhilaration while never feeling unsafe. Guide was very nice and professional. Beautiful river.
Written 11 May 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for you 5 star review. The length of the Kaituna trip is its best and worst feature. With its close proximity to Rotorua and shorter duration it means you can fit more than one thing in a day. However it's so awesome it leaves you wanting more. We do have longer trips available on the Rangitaiki and Wairoa Rivers for those that want to spend more time on the water.
Written 12 May 2021
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Jessica B
3 contributions
Rapid Surfing
May 2021 • Couples
Wow such a fun time. Well worth the experience, definitely something to tick off your bucket list! Thank you!
Written 3 May 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Cheers for taking the time to post a review
Written 3 May 2021
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BeanGouldstone
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
Famous Raft Words
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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Teresa M
2 contributions
Amazing Experience
Mar 2021
Aaaaahmazing experince. Totally recommend it! Great for all ages, the guides were awesome, the scenery beautiful. Am definitely bringing the family back. Thanks heaps guys :-)
Written 5 April 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for taking the time to share such an awesome review. We look forward to seeing you again.
Written 7 April 2021
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Joshua Potgieter
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Great experience
Mar 2021 • Friends
Such great fun absolutely spectacular trip felt so welcomed . Great sense of humor from everyone good value for money.
Written 21 March 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for your amazing review :-)
Written 23 March 2021
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lifeslittlehappiness
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
You have to go rafting with these guys!
Mar 2021
What was my favorite part of the Trip? the whole lot! Booking the trip through Justin was just the beginning of an excellent experience. It wasnt easy in Covid times with lockdowns etc but each time he went out of his way to make it work for our group, the crew on the boats were brilliant, entertaining, Nev was such a laugh and made us feel totally safe! Patient with us :) Would totally recommend them again and again! We are all wanting to do another trip!
Written 14 March 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for taking the time to post such a great review. We look forward to seeing you on the Wairoa soon.
Written 16 March 2021
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Michele Smith
1 contribution
Absolutely worth while & so much fun
Mar 2021
Absolutely freaking awesome!! Would totally recommend it. Nev was such a laugh and made us feel totally safe. Such a thrill and the waterfall drop was so exhilarating. Took me right out of my comfort zone but I am so pleased we did it. Really professional company and made our experience exceptional. All of us had such a good time. Well worth it!!! The photos are fantastic too. Great photography and made it so memorable. What an awesome team of people at River Rats.
Written 13 March 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for your amazing review. Hopefully we wil see you back on the Wairoa soon.
Written 14 March 2021
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By: River Rats Raft & Kayak
Duckywhanau
Duckywhanau
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Amazing experience and lots of fun
This was a really fun experience that the family loved doing together. Justin kindly agreed to go out with us even
daniellemoore97
daniellemoore97
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Awesome day on the river!
I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Justin and the crew from River Rats. We had a crew of 15
Navigate39051740836
Navigate39051740836
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Great family fun!
Amazing guide with local historical knowledge and river knowledge. Trip was the perfect thing to do with a family
linleyt2021
linleyt2021
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Totally Recommend
I went my son and daughter (17 and 19) in mid May. The water wasn't cold (I thought it would be) the gear provided
mikeldubnz
mikeldubnz
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Lovely, fun day for the family..pushing the young ones experience with rafting!
Very nice experience for the children and myself. Experienced staff and instructions were clear. Scenic, nature a
Inspire36348852776
Inspire36348852776
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Fantastic experience!
I was a little apprehensive about taking our 8 year old daughter rafting, but Justin put us at ease from the get go
Maria D
Maria D
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The best way to see glow worms,
So between COVID and bad weather it took us a little while to arrange to do this trip but Justin was really helpful
arL5486JH
arL5486JH
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Wairoa river whitewater rafting
We did the whitewater rafting at Wairoa. Everyone had a really good time, the rapids were great fun. Instructors we
irenei792
irenei792
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One more off the BucketList
Was part of our Bucketlist and it was worth every bit. The safety aspect, the great guys that covered our 'dunking'
Cindy J
Cindy J
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Rafting adventure
We had a group of 8 and this trip had something for everyone including our 11 year old son who loved it. The guides
mikemaha
mikemaha
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Awesome
Great time with an awesome crew, How good is that’s big drop! Thanks to the crew would definitely come back and do
Kim390
Kim390
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Great family experience
Great for our kids ages 10 and 12yrs. We went with other families and everyone enjoyed it! Guides were great.
123Psalm
123Psalm
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Great experience
We loved the peace and quite of the river. Having said that, we had plenty of fun and laughs with two 11yr old and
179trishal
179trishal
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Hot Springs and Glow Worms for the Win!!!
We enjoyed the whole adventure! The Hot Springs were amazing you really can't find a better place to have a soak! T
jojojoannajok
jojojoannajok
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Awesome, fun and safe experience
We joined Justin on this trip with my parents (in their 70’s), and my two children (10&12). It was a fabulous after
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