We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

River Rats Raft & Kayak

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-345 6543
Website
Improve this listing
Today
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years...
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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
$68*
and up
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
$97*
and up
Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner
$91*
and up
Rangitaiki River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 285 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 251
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
wet and wild with the river rats

The tour was excellent fun. All safety aspects were explained well and clearly. The trip down river was great fun and challenging. The drop off the highest raftable waterfall was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
mmn7265
,
Paihia, New Zealand
Add Photo Write a Review

285 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Paihia, New Zealand
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

The tour was excellent fun. All safety aspects were explained well and clearly. The trip down river was great fun and challenging. The drop off the highest raftable waterfall was excellent fun. Thank you to the guides and staff of the river rats tour for an unforgettable experience... thats another one ticked off my bucket list.

Was this review helpful? Yes
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I booked for the grade 3 rafting but was convinced to do grade 5. I am so happy that I did it was an epic, fast/rush, beautiful views, amazing experience and so much fun. Staff are extremely friendly, professional and made us feel safe and welcomed, focusing on us to have a wonderful time, well organised and highlight of my... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

if you really want to have a fun time and a great time this is the actual place to be as it is really good for all

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Had the best time! Guides were so nice, friendly and fun to kayak with!! Overall incredible experience and wouldn't hesitate to do it again!

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Had an amazing time! Great thing to on a wet day as u get wet anyway! The fun qwerky personality of guides make the thing more fun! Had such a good day would recommend to everyone

Was this review helpful? Yes
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

A few words sum this up!! Fantastic experience with fantastic guides. The number 1 ultimate experience when visiting Rotorua. Great facilities and easy to get to with only a short journey to the river. Just do it!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stone, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Had the most amazing afternoon. The guides were very friendly, professional and saftey conscious giving the "newbies" confidence. I loved every minute despite being a little bit nervous to begin with. On arrival near the airport the facilities are first class. You are given a wet suit with boots , fleece, jacket, helmet and life jacket. Then taken in a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Had an absolutely amazing time, staff were friendly and enjoyed themselves almost as much as the guys taking part. We felt safe the whole way through even after one of us went for a swim after the main seven foot waterfall!! An amazing time, we will definitely go rafting again and we treasure the photos!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

It was such a great time rafting. My first ever rafting experience was unbelievably good. The new base is in a great location and is easily accessible. The changing rooms were nice and warm.. All the facilities were of a high standard. Good job River Rats and Raftabouts.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

As a complete wimp when it comes to water I knew this may not be an activity for me but with the support and encouragement of the guides and the professionalism they gave I REALLY enjoyed it! After swimming down the rapids I was a little nervous about the surfing... But Neville said to try it and to move away... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed River Rats Raft & Kayak also viewed

Rotorua, Rotorua District
Rotorua, Rotorua District
 
Rotorua, Rotorua District
Rotorua, Rotorua District
 

Been to River Rats Raft & Kayak? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of River Rats Raft & Kayak and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from River Rats Raft & Kayak staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?