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River Rats Raft & Kayak

Open today: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the world's...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A group of 5 of us booked the Kaituna river trip as our last activity before flying out of Rotorua airport. None of us have ever rafted before so we were a little apprehensive to learn we would be going down the largest commercially available...More

Thank Claire W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm so glad I did this! I've not been rafting before and was terrified of the 7m drop but our guides were friendly, patient, and safety conscious. They gave us the opportunity to skip the drop but I'm so glad I went for it. Absolutely...More

Thank esthermI5939QG
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had loads of fun on the rafting trip. The guides made even the more apprehensive of our group feel at ease. Our raft flipped over at the bottom of the largest waterfall- not scary at all and even more fun!! Would definitely do this...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Holly G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

awesome we did the night kayak and the rafting the next day very friendly and confidence inspiring guides the kayaking trip across the lake to the hot pools was so enjoyable and relaxing and the rafting was simply exhilarating with full knowledge of how competent...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mark d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great couple of hours rafting with River Rats yesterday. Well organized with experienced and fun leaders, super fun.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sarahebrooks57
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an awesome time rafting, the guides were great and taught us everything we needed to know to raft down the waterfalls in the Kaituna River. We had so much fun, the trip was great. The guides were fantastic!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank thesparks2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The people working there combined the work with passion, having a great time at the same time. They are professionals. Their individual approach and sense of humor will relieve every fear and stress. They have the gift of persuasion to do stupid things 😉

Date of experience: March 2019
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RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We prefer to think of it as helping encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, but thanks this one made us laugh :-)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brought my son on it for his first time and a Bday treat..... He loved it and said it was the best experience he has had so far. Definitely do it!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Thoje H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a completely delightful experience led by a crew of professionals that really like to have fun while they work. Going down the 7meter waterfall added to the fun.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bill H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic professional approach to safety and detailed upcoming events made us feel at ease but also confident about the waterfalls ahead. Would highly recommend, our guide was Miro, top guy. #itsHonest

Date of experience: February 2019
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Jennifer Z
29 October 2017|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
The Kaituna River is a unique stretch of River, known as a pool-drop River. It is our most popular trip as you get the excitement of the 14 rapids, including 3 waterfalls, without having to work too hard. The 7m waterfall... More
May O
25 October 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
Hi, you can wear sandals but we do have wetsuit boots available if you want. Thanks Justin
24 September 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
The Twilight Kayak is a sea kayak trip on Lake Rotoiti. The trip is generally pretty placid but this does depend on wind. The White Rafting is in a raft on a river with rapids. The difficulty of the trip varies with the... More