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River Rats Raft & Kayak

391 State Highway 33 | Mourea, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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Ranked #8 of 55 Activities in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Water sports
Owner description: River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable... more » Owner description: River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 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 highest commercially rafted waterfall. 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. « less
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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a must do when in Rotorua, NZ. Though it wasn't as long as I expected it to be, it was very thrilling and fun-filled. My family and friends (Party of 9) continue to rave about their experience on this wonderful water adventure. To top it off, the photos taken by the photographer were great!!! She was able to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I was a little scared to be white water rafting for the first time, but the staff at River Rats were fantastic and really put me at ease. They went through all the safety regs and gave us all the equipment we needed to keep warm if we got wet. It turns out our raft actually flipped when coming down... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Thanks to Justin & Steve for what must easily be, the best adventure trip here in Rotorua. Their professionalism, knowledge, enthusiasm & skill is a credit to them. Not only that, the whole afternoon was an absolute riot, fun, thrills, cheeky banter & lots n lots of pure refreshing water!!!! This is a MUST, come rain or shine, because you're... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

Four of us (two adults and two children, aged 6 and 10) went on the guided kayak trip on Lake Rotoiti. We had a brilliant day - kayaking to hot pools that are only accessible by boat, exploring caves and taking in the landscapes. Linford, our guide was fantastic - he was very knowledgable about the history of the lake... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

For someone who can't swim,this was an amazing and very courageous experience.they give u all safely instructions and ofcourse all the tips on what to do if the raft flips.I was definitely praying to the gods that we don't flip. They make sure you get the most out of this experience. Loved it A definite do for the thrill seeker... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Went on a rafting trip with one other solo traveler and staff we still very accommodating with pick up from Rotorua with a short drive back the companies base. After a safety briefing and being equipped with a wetsuit and life jacket we were off. The do have a professional photographer that goes for photo which are good for a... More

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Sanger, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Justin, Just wanted to let you know our US (California) kids made it back safely and they had a GREAT time. Thank you for taking my call and answering some questions I had about the trip. The kids and staff just raved about the experience and the photos were awesome! Hats off to you and your staff for your professionalism,... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I was quite nervous as this was my first rafting trip! From the moment we walked through the doors of River Rats Raft & Kayak, I felt welcomed and comfortable with the adventure I was about to embark on. It was quite cold out and the team made sure we were as warm as can be with water proof jackets,... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Had a fantastic time! Justin was a great guide giving us some history and a lot of information. Middle of winter and a rainy day and was the best part of the trip. Fun, exciting, everything and more. Would definitely do it again!

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London
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A great experience even on a rainy day. We were welcomed by the team at River Rats and had Justin as our guide who was friendly, experienced and had great stories and facts about the river. We were well prepared for when our raft flipped at the big waterfall (this happens to some rafts but this added to the experience).

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