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Rafting New Zealand

41 Ngawaka Place | Southern Lake Taupo, Turangi 3381, New Zealand
07 386 0352
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Owner description: Kia Ora and Welcome to Rafting New Zealand. A family run business established in 1991. We raft the best rivers, providing family fun to extreme... more » Owner description: Kia Ora and Welcome to Rafting New Zealand. A family run business established in 1991. We raft the best rivers, providing family fun to extreme whitewater action. With professional, fun, Kiwi guides, premier gear and facilities, Maori culture and an excellent safety record, book with us to experience the thrill of rafting, Aotearoa styles. « less
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North East
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

First of all the experience. We were a group of 6 who had a raft to ourselves. I had a smile on my face all the way down. By the end we knew when to hold on and when to paddle thanks to some great tuition and there were some terrific, fun rapids, in fact 50+ in 14 km. It... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Prior to rafting I was definitely a little nervous but straight away the fantastic staff put me at ease. The safety talk was entertaining yet completely explained everything. Our guide, Adrian was fantastic and we loved the little touches such as hot chocolate and chocolate fish on board and a beer and hot dog back at base. The gear was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just like to say thanks to Rafting New Zealand and our awesome guide Grace for a brilliant day out on the beautiful Tongariro... What a professional and well run company, as per a number of other comments on here the equipment, facilities and staff were all excellent. I would 100% recommend these guys to anyone wanting a great, safe adrelin... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We did the family trip about 2 weeks ago and had a fantastic time down the Tongariro. My two daughters (14 & 12) were both a little nervous but our guide, Sara, was brilliant and they both had huge smiles at the end of the trip. The organisation was excellent with a clear and simple briefing, decent kit and a... More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this review

Kia Ora - Thank you for choosing to raft with us and for leaving a great review - I will pass on your feed back to Sara also. Nga Mihi, Luke. More

Taupo, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I had a fantastic day whitewater rafting with Katie, our guide. She made us laugh and told us lots of stories about the different rapids. We felt safe in her expert hands, especially when she pulled some impressive manoeuvres to get us off the rocks. We also enjoyed her complimentary acrobatics. We all had a free beer and hot dog... More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this review

Kia Ora Hannah, thank you for leaving such a great review - awesome to hear that Katie & Jack gave you such a great experience! Have a great Winter and maybe see you next Summer for another rafting adventure - Nga Mihi, Luke. More

Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Really friendly staff, absolutely stunning scenery (far more amazing than I had anticipated) and great fun. Little touches like hot chocolate during the trip and a beer when returning back to base were great additions. Only criticism was that the photos to purchase were very expensive and only 2 photos were of my partner and I. If they were cheaper,... More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this review

Kia Ora James, Thanks for leaving the review and stoked to hear you had such a great time with us. In regards to photo's being expensive - the part of the photo process people tend to forget is that we are paying a staff member to take photo's of the trip over a 3-4 hour duration - so there is... More

Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

We are in New Zealand on holidays and were looking for something fun and active to do with our son. While zip-lining in Rotorua, another family told us about a white water rafting option that allowed young children. We emailed the folks at Rafting New Zealand who quickly responded and said that our family could raft with them on Good... More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this review

Kia Ora Jill, thank you for writing such a great review, we had a really cool time with you also. Looking forward to having you back for the grade three - you guys will love it. Take care & enjoy your time in Sydney. Nga Mihi, Luke. More

Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I joined the Tongariro White Water trip in March 2014 with some friends and we had a blast! A beautiful river, perfectly trained staff (felt save every single second!), brand new gear (never felt cold) and boats, great fun and warm food and cold beer after the trip. Best rafting ever (I did 8 trips around the world before), perfectly... More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this review

Kia Ora - Thank you for writing a great review and for rafting TWICE with us while in NZ! so great to have you on two trips with us. Take care and remember to make time for more adventures - Nga Mihi, Luke. More

Palo Alto, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

We happened upon Rafting New Zealand's office in Taupo and decided to make a booking on the Whitewater Rafting afternoon trip. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of our vacation. They picked us up at our hotel and drove to the base in Turangi (approx. 45 min away) where we received all our NEW, CLEAN gear... More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this review

Kia Ora - Thank you for choosing to raft with us and for writing such a great review. I hope the rest of your stay in NZ was just as enjoyable, Nga Mihi, Luke. More

England
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

We did the grade 3 the other day and absolutely loved it! We hadn't been white water rafting before but had heard Turangi was a good place to do it and we weren't disappointed. The staff were all really friendly, you get hot chocolate en route and then a beer and hot dog at the end. A fab end to... More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this review

Kia Ora - firstly thank you for choosing to raft with us and then for taking the time to write a review. Great to hear you were NOT disappointed and Loved your experience with us. If you come back our way in the future get in touch - we will take you on our Extreme Day - you will be... More

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