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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

By River Rats Raft & Kayak
Recommended by 99% of travelers
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This white water rafting trip along the Kaituna River is the perfect pick for adventure lovers and nature fans. Enjoy a stress-free excursion without having to worry about navigating to a meeting spot, as Rotorua hotel pickup and drop-off are included. Travel down one of the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfalls—Tutea Falls, and enjoy incredible views throughout.
from
$74.88
per adult
from
$74.88
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 13-99, max of 50 per group
Duration:
3h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Go rafting along Kaituna River in Okere Falls Scenic Reserve
  • Hassle-free rafting trip with door-to-door transfers included
  • Travel light—equipment is provided so you're ready to go
  • Perfect for beginners—training and safety session included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All necessary equipment
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Transfers available from central Rotorua commercial accommodation
  • River Rats Raft & Kayak, 837 Te Ngae Road, Ōwhata, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand Hangar 14s, Rotorua Airport. Take the driveway on the left as you enter the airport and follow it till you see our signs. Free parking is available out the front of our base.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3772KTUNA

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • There is a recommended minimum weight of 40 kilograms (88 pounds) for this tour
  • Please bring swimwear, a towel and a sense of adventure!
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua?
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua price starts from $81.92. Discover and book Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua on Tripadvisor
What is the Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua cancellation policy?
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua?
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua is hosted by River Rats Raft & Kayak. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact River Rats Raft & Kayak on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3772KTUNA

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    River Rats Raft & Kayak
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    River Rats Raft & Kayak
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Kaituna River
    Stop: 50 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Neilqld22
Neilqld22
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Must do white River rafting with kids
Amazing experience, we wanted to do grade 5 but since kids are young we did grade 2 Rangitaiki rafting..we were not
Max T
Max T
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Fun way to get to a hot soak
Friendly and informative guide. Hot pools were so good and plenty of different temperatures to suit - along with t
Bev C
Bev C
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Kayaking adventure
We both enjoyed this kayaking adventure - informative helpful guide Justin did an awesome tour for us - thoroughly
Explorer564498
Explorer564498
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River rafting adventure
Our guide was fantastic and patient so we could take lots of pictures. We learned a lot about the region.
StephH758
StephH758
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Amazing Trip
Amazing trip, my kids both had a blast and we would love to come back again. Even though it was winter, the first t
CM00899
CM00899
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Fantastic experience
Highly recommend this tour, Justin was our guide who picked us up and got us kitted out so we didn’t have to worry
doncF1513IN
doncF1513IN
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Excellent experience
Justin was wonderful. Very informative about local culture and excellent tour guide. Nice stop at the hot springs
JDubb004
JDubb004
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Amazing
Amazing experience for our family of 6. Justin was an awesome knowledgeable guide. Would recommend to anyone
NgaireEm
NgaireEm
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Great trip which exceeded expectations
We were already impressed before we arrived, as Justin always answered the phone, no matter what time we called, an
fmcfadyen2
fmcfadyen2
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Memorable and picturesque even when the weather isn't great
Had a great paddle, weather was not brilliant but made the hot pools even better when we got there, even saw some g
emjudd001
emjudd001
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AWESOME Family trip !
Justin was amazing - we had a family trip and a very nervous mum and 10 yr old - Justin was amazing at putting us a
Larry S
Larry S
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Fun
What a unique experience, enjoyed by our party of four. We are not youngsters but managed the kayaking and enjoye
Anzac007
Anzac007
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Wairoa river awesome fun
The best rafting experience I have had. From booking to the trip it was well organised, friendly , no fuss. Just
nicolejY1219YT
nicolejY1219YT
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An absolute blast
Justin and his team were absolutely fantastic. Justin has incredible knowledge and experience. Even if you’re a beg
rogerwW5371IL
rogerwW5371IL
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Fantastic Kayaking Tour
We enjoyed a great experience managed well by Justin the owner of the company. He kept us well informed on weather
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Cephas
3 contributions
River rafting was an awesome experience! I highly recommend booking with River Rats if you're in the Rotorua area. They provide shuttle services to and from hotels in the area (we did not use this service since we had a rental). Safety training and instructional are provided prior to departure and very thorough. Our guide, Justin, was very funny and helpful throughout our journey and we highly recommend him on your next journey!
To those who may be nervous or think they might not be able to handle it, just give it a shot. Their guides are very professional and knowledgeable of the area. Don't miss out on an amazing experience, you won't regret it!🤙🏽
Written February 15, 2020
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RiverRatNZ
Thanks for your awesome review.
Written February 16, 2020
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Michael C
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Wonderful afternoon with the River Rats team. Was so good being able to have our whole family of 6 in one raft together with Justin our guide. Fantastic summers day activity. Gorgeous stretch of river with iconic kiwi vistas. Awesome drops while always feeling extremely safe. Come on Kiwi, get out & support our local tourist operators - and with River Rats you will certainly go home happy.
Written December 26, 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for your awesome review.
Written January 4, 2022
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KJB_NZ
1 contribution
Dec 2021
The River Rats team were fantastic. They bent over backwards to make us feel safe and at home.

The river was great and our guide had a dry sense of humour, which made for a fun trip.

We'd highly recommend that you take your next (or first) rafting trip with River Rats.
Written December 31, 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Cheers for the review
Written January 29, 2022
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guruboy2015
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Mar 2022
Totally outstanding. Have done a few white water raft trips over many many years and these guys knocked the ball out of the park. Brilliant customer service, great knowldge, and very helpful. The rafting on the Kaituna is compact - just over an hour, but worth every scent. It's epic. Adults & Kids enjoyed it alike. The two 14 year old boys with us were buzzing. Great Job & see you again soon River Rats !
Written May 2, 2022
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RiverRatNZ
Thanks for for your awesome review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written May 11, 2022
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BeanGouldstone
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
I 1000% recommend Nev & Ant from River Rats to white water raft the Kaituna River! The service was excellent & they were helpful every step of the way. Nev manned the back of the raft & Ant was a support kayaker never far away. Nev was such a hoot, constantly making us laugh. Their years of experience & mix of humour made our morning so enjoyable while feeling safe in their hands going down the grade 5 rapids, surrounded by beautiful NZ scenery.
Written May 2, 2021
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for putting a smile on our faces with your awesome review. 1000% is a lot :-)
Written May 3, 2021
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Zara L
4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
We are just now catching our breath down the road from the river rats hanger having a glass of vino and some well deserved carbs . What an afternoon, the Kaituna rafting trip was worth every penny and we would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to get wet, terrify themselves in the process and ultimately have an afternoon for the books . This is a public service announcement for all the ladies out there, the guides are gorgeous . We got there wishing we had a fresh lick of fake tan and a blow dry - however we looked more like drowned river rats. You absolutely should include a rafting trip in your Rotovegas experience. Thanks to our guide Nev for tolerating us, your constant sarcasm but overall professional safety first approach . Also thanks to Simon and Fisher for being just wonderful . Love Millie and Zara .
Written January 11, 2020
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StephGodsiff
Whangarei, New Zealand8 contributions
Jul 2020
I had 3 teenagers go on the rafting this morning, A 13, 15, and 16 year old. They LOVED it!! I wish I had gone as well - we are definitely coming back and doing more rafting with them. I was really apprehensive about the kids doing it - but Justin was so reassuring and once we got there and I saw how amazing and professional they were. It was just 50 minutes so they did not get cold even though middle of winter but they had such good equipment they were fine. Highly recommend this! And really good value for money.
Written July 13, 2020
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RiverRatNZ
Thank you for trusting us with your teenagers, and for your awesome review :-) We look forward to seeing you back soon.
Written July 14, 2020
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Lisa
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Solo
I must say I highly recommend this activity. So convenient to find online with fast response to lock in my adventure. The guide, Dave was sooo impressive with his oar - so much stamina when he was riding me over some of the biggest rapids I’ve ever experienced! Just when I thought we were done he would take me over another one! He sure knew his way around the course and wasn’t afraid to go hard and lift the excitement levels for our pleasure! I got so wet and tried my best not to scream too loud, but it was all very exciting! The view was spectacular, definitely a treat on the eyes. Overall, I was wet, dirty and exhausted by the end of it but it was a ride I’ll remember! In fact it was so good, one time wasn’t enough so I went back for more the next day 😉
Thanks River Rats. Thanks Dave! You provided some solid fun!
Written February 2, 2020
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Patrick Ye
1 contribution
Apr 2022
The staff were all very warm and friendly. The instructor/skipper, Nev, was a good laugh and knowledgeable about the river. The whole rafting experience was one of a kind, an opportunity to raft off the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world (which they won't let you forget) and get into the water, was a unique experience. The photos taken were reasonably priced and high quality. Would highly recommend to anyone who is seeking a water-based thrill.
Written April 22, 2022
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RiverRatNZ
Cheers for your great review.
Written April 25, 2022
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Mark R
cambridge5 contributions
Feb 2020
Smooth check in, briefing and kit selection process. Fun bus ride to river with further briefing. Practice new skills at the start of river time and as we progress down the river and the rapids get bigger. Get ready for the biggie and before you know it your plunging 7m down a waterfall bracing yourself for impact. Ten minutes later you get the chance to jump in the water and "swim" though rapids. Really great fun trip with great staff and probably the best/joint best activity of our world tour.
Written March 3, 2020
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RiverRatNZ
Wow. Thank you for your review :-)
Written March 8, 2020
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