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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.
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Rafting New Zealand
Experience adrenaline-pumping thrills and spills in New Zealand’s North Island on this 4-hour Tongariro River white-water rafting adventure from Taupo and Turangi. Travel to the rafting base near the banks of the mighty Tongariro River. Pull on your wetsuit, grab your paddle and hit the choppy waters with your guide. Paddle hard through a series of over 50 grade III rapids and enjoy spectacular views over the volcanic gorge. Jump off high rock faces into the swirling waters then relax as you float gently downstream.
  • 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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Deferred but worth it

Did not get off to a good start as my trip was deferred by a da (being the only one booked) fortunately another trip provider cancelled on us, so I was free the next day and they had enough numbers to go. This was my...More

Thank Dave B
Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora Dave, Thanks for being a great Sport and being able/happy to change dates so we could get you out there on the Awa (river). Means alot to get such a great review from a seasoned rafter like yourself - so thanks alot for...More

Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile
Fantastic experience

Very professionally run company with competent friendly staff. We booked on to the Tongariro grade 3 rafting on the morning of the trip and we're given the online winter discount in store. Very enjoyable trip. Equipment all clean and well maintained. Clean changing facilities. Great...More

Thank Joseph H
Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Kia Ora Joseph, Thanks for leaving a great review of your adventure with us. Stoked to hear that Harry and Charlotte provided a fantastic time out on the water, Nga Mihi, Luke

Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile
Woo Hoo

My husband wanted to do something fun for his birthday that included the whole family. When he suggested rafting I got anxious. Very much out of my comfort zone. Well I’m so pleased he encouraged me and we did it. It was great (with some...More

Thank flyingkiwi66
Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Kia Ora, Thanks for choosing to raft with us and for leaving a review. Awesome to hear that although anxious you had a great time with us rafting in the Winter. Nga Mihi, Luke

Reviewed 5 June 2018
Great Experience

Had a blast with Harry and Rich! Great fun on the rapids and extremely safe with Harry's skillful guidance. Definitely would recommend! :)

Thank Low J
Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Kia Ora Low, Thanks for leaving a review - great to hear that Harry and Rich were Superb! Thanks for rafting with us, Nga Mihi, Luke

Reviewed 5 June 2018
Amazing Experience

Had a fantastic time with Harry and Rich! They made the experience all the more fun with their cool stories and great service. Definitely would recommend!

Thank Shawn Y
Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Kia Ora Shawn, Thanks for choosing to raft with us - stoked to hear that Harry and Rich provided you with a great experience. Thanks for leaving a review, Nga Mihi, Luke

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Sabrina H
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Response from Jeff G | Reviewed this property |
Sorry late answering. I believe they pick up from wherever you are staying. Jeff