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About River Rats Raft & Kayak
River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years. There’s something for everyone, from full on grade 5 action on the Kaituna River, featuring the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall, through to a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old. Kayaking is available as freedom hire or a guided tour. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim only accessible by boat, an evening kayak option is available in summer that includes a BBQ dinner and a hidden Glow Worm cave
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Tara wrote a review 5 Jun
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Amazing guide with local historical knowledge and river knowledge. Trip was the perfect thing to do with a family on a grey weather day. Fantastic scenery and a refreshing swim in the river too!! Thanks Justin! We really enjoyed our day.
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Response from RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to post such a great review.
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Paula T wrote a review 1 Jun
Tauranga, New Zealand7 contributions2 helpful votes
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...
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Response from RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review :-)
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Michelle wrote a review May 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Awesome experience, totally out of my comfort zone, so much fun and laughter I recommend giving it a go
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for trusting us enough to step outside your comfort zone and for taking the time to post a review.
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Carmen S wrote a review May 2021
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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
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak
Responded 1 week ago
Good advice. Thank you for your 5 star review.
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Linley T wrote a review May 2021
Napier, New Zealand5 contributions
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 was really thick and warming in the water when we chose to swim down one rapid in part of the early raft tour (...with encouragement / was an option - so glad we did!). The scenery is beautiful. The large waterfall was perfect adrenaline fun. The team were friendly, helpful and overall really fun. I totally recommend and have done to friends and family. Their photo package was $50 which I thought was really reasonable especially considering there was no way we could take those shots. Loved it and so did my kids.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak
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Thank you for posting such a comprehensive review.
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