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“Best rafting company in the area!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rafting New Zealand

Rafting New Zealand
41 Ngawaka Place | Southern Lake Taupo, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
+64 7-386 0352
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Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
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“Best rafting company in the area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

These guys are great! Friendly, informed staff that are lots of fun. They have only local guides (New Zealanders) so you get a great idea of the area, and they throw in a bit of Maori folklore along the way. This was the most expensive option for rafting in the Taupo area (by $4) but the best value for money since they picked us up form Taupo and took us back, and their package just included a lot more things like an optional waterfall jump, hot chocolate on the river, more time on the river, a beer and a gourmet hot dog with homemade relishes when we got back... They took heaps of pics on the trip too so noone else had to (available to buy at the end), but not in a way that interupted things at all.

Heres their website by the way: http://www.raftingnewzealand.com/

I would highly recommend rafting with this lot!

Visited March 2011
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“So much fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

Can only repeat what others have said - great guides, really organised, lovely hot chocolate & showers (which were appreciated after doing the high jump!)
We did the family friendly option as we had a small 4 yr old with us - the guides took extra care with him & we all had a great time.
Would recommend to anyone.

Visited January 2011
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“A fantastic time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2011

We recently completed the grade three four hour trip, this was our first time rafting.

The day got off to a good start when we arrived at the very tidy and well organised HQ in Turangi. Easy to find.

Gear was provided, along with a very concise brief. The company places a strong emphasis on safety.

The trip itself was wonderful, great scenery and just enough thrills for a first time rafter. The four hours flew by. Really enjoyed the jump into the river from the rocks (the waterfall where jumps are usually taken was closed due to recent heavy rainfall).

I can't speak highly enough of the proffesionalism of the staff and the great way in which they looked after everyone. I highly recommend the company!

Visited January 2011
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“Sweet As ... ... Awesome rafting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

Be prepared for a great trip and take a leap from the highest part of the riverside jump.

This is a really well organised outfit. You'll be in safe hands. We were issued with wetsuit, boots, fleece, splash top, lifejacket and stylish helmet. After a 20 minute drive in their minibus we arrived at the start site. A safety and basic skills briefing and we were off.

We spent about 3 hours on the river, including a short stop for an optional jump off from the river bank, two heghts. If you've got the balls, jump from the highest one, it's awesome. The second stop for hot chocolate and choc fishes.

Our guide, Yak, was super-cool and great guide. Not too bad at steering the raft either, however he did have a great crew to do all the paddling for him.

One great thing about the rvier they use, is that it's flow is controlled from a dam, so the rate is constant regarless of recent weather, hence in summer it's got a decent amount of water running in it. This is a big plus as your trip is going to be great.

They also do photo's of the the trip for $35. Their photographer stops off at a couple of key places on the route down the river so you get a reasonable selection. It would be better if they invested in a waterproof camera and got some shots from on the water rather then the river bank.

Back at their base, hot showers await, a hot dog and complementary beer, Excellent or what ?!

Visited December 2010
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“Absolutely amazing experience, a must-do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

When visiting Lake Taupo we knew we wanted to go rafting and chose this company based off a recommendation. What a great decision that was! My father and I had the best time and will have excellent memories of this trip. All in all we spent about 4 hours with Rafting New Zealand. The guides were exceptional, the optional waterfall jump is a must, the hot chocolate and chocolate snake were a real treat and the hot dog at the finish was perfect! It was a great combination of rapids and scenery! Well operated and I wish them much success!

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