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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

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    What to Expect
    Fast and furious, the Kaituna River takes you on a wild ride through foamy white water in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. The pool-drop nature of the Kaituna River means it is not technically difficult; every Class 5 rapid is followed by calm water — making the run suitable for adventurous beginners.

    Start your 3-hour Kaituna river-rafting tour with hotel pickup in Rotorua, and relax on the short drive to the base camp at the airport. Here, you’ll receive instruction on paddle commands during a 15- to 20-minute training and safety session. You’re provided with any necessary equipment (life jacket, wetsuit, booties, safety helmet, and weather-dependent polar fleece top and spray jacket).

    Hop back in the vehicle and drive to your put-in point at the riverbank of the Kaituna River. Get right into the action, paddling through the sheer, fern-clad rock walls of a narrow gorge that provides a stunning backdrop throughout your river-rafting trip. Then hold tight for the highlight: a 21-foot drop down the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall — Tutea Falls.

    After you’ve caught your breath and made it back to firm ground, relax with return transport to your hotel in Rotorua.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    River Rats Raft & Kayak, 837 Te Ngae Rd, Owhata, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Transfers available from central Rotorua commercial accommodation
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • All necessary equipment
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • 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 wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews river rats white water rafting kaituna river lived up to the hype a great job making highly recommend this to anyone visiting clear instructions amazing experience safety kayak beautiful surroundings great rapids raft trip facial expressions whole group great banter adrenaline rush recommend this trip
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    Reviewed yesterday

    We had so much fun doing this activity, this was our first time rafting and at the begining i was a Little bit scary but i start getting confident and everything was perfect. The tour guides were very profesional at all the time. The wáter...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Rick U
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    My first time white water rafting but Justin and Nev are pros. They not only give you all the instruction and training you need but also give a detailed history of local maori culture. Oh and the 7m drop definitely makes the whole thing worth...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank arthurtutt
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We had an absolute blast going down the river! Justin and his crew were great at explaining all the safety instructions, making sure we had a practice, telling us some history of the river and the area then letting us have an absolute blast! We...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank smani959
    RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thanks for the awesome review

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I loved the way the guide told us the history of the area we were rafting in. Its exciting and a little bit scary at the same time. But the expertise of the guides and the attention to safety, made me feel very safe. They...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank akiwitraveller20139
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    A thrilling adventure for our group of 4 adults and 3 young teens. The staff are extremely professional and obviously enjoy their work. Our guide Justin had us in stitches the whole time and was so patient when we couldn't quite paddle in time at...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Tcmcscoc
    RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Cheers for the awesome review. Glad you enjoyed the trip.

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    April 10, 2019|
    Response from Nanakia7 | Reviewed this property |
    They supply you with life jackets so I think so. It would be best to ask them.
    October 17, 2018|
    Response from Lisa A | Reviewed this property |
    No. They have you take off glasses and leave them behind. If you flip, which is likely, you'll never see them again.
    Key Details
    • River Rats Raft & Kayak
    • Duration: 3h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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