My husband and I visited Tongariro River Rafting as part of our honeymoon trip and were both extremely impressed with the experience from start to finish. We booked from the UK and the staff were efficient and informative.
Upon arrival, the afternoon's activities were explained and we were decked out in warm gear (It was August and the water was freezing!) All equipment was provided, just take a towel. There was secure storage for our stuff and the staff were really friendly and helpful.
Then it was off in the minibus to the river where we had a practice of all the instructions that would be given before carrying the raft down to the water. There were 5 of us and the guide and we had such a laugh! Dion, the guide was incredibly informative, great fun and so safety conscious whilst allowing us to have a thrilling time!
We were both novice rafters and the Grade 3 was perfect for us - a mix between adrenaline in some parts, clinging on when bumping into/over rocks and drifting quietly whilst enjoying hot chocolate and awesome scenery!
We 'parked up' at one point and jumped off a big rock into the water and also had a little swim later on. The group was given a waterproof camera to take our own shots as we went which were mixed with the staff photos of us at the beginning and end. These could be bought at the end.
After the 2 and a half hour trip, we were driven back to the centre to grab our stuff and then taken straight to the local thermal pools to warm up (this was included in the price). After half an hour or so of chilling out, back to the centre to look at the photos over hot homemade soup and fresh bread. A perfect end to an awesome day!!
I cannot recommend this company highly enough - it truly was one of the more memorable experiences on our amazing trip and great value for money - a whole afternoon for the price of a bungee jump!
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