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Address: 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-345 6543
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7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s...

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall. Kayaking is available as freedom hire or a guided tour. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim only accessible by boat.

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River Rats Rafting

A fantastic afternoon with River Rats Rafting in Rotorua! Great staff, lots of equipment checks and good craic. Our guide was excellent and head guide was lovely. I would highly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Marianne W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A fantastic afternoon with River Rats Rafting in Rotorua! Great staff, lots of equipment checks and good craic. Our guide was excellent and head guide was lovely. I would highly recommend River Rats!

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Thank Marianne W
Inglewood, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

River Rats provided a fantastic service. The Guides were friendly, helpful and informative. All the gear was provided, and transport to the site is included. Very safety conscious. The ride was a lot of fun, and the rapids and waterfalls were thrilling. We had a great time. One of our sons had disabilities but these were accommodated and he was... More 

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Thank Leigh261
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although it was winter, it was not that freezing as we were provided with nice fleece and wetsuit and we kept pedalling. The coach and all supporting staff were helpful and nice, making our experience safe and enjoyable.

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Thank Tam L
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best thing I have done in Rotorua the guide was nice I had lots of fun on the Rapids and was the best rafting I ever done.

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Thank Mineralex140
Valdosta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time. We rafted as a family of 6. The staff was wonderful from start to finish. Our guide Steve made the trip interesting and fun. I was worried about being cold, but the fleece, wetsuit and waterproof shell kept us very comfortable. If we were to do it again I would definitely book the full day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best place to raft! We were nervous about being cold considering it is the middle of winter and it was cold outside, but River Rats provided the necessary gear to keep us warm, and it definitely worked! Didn't worry about temperature during the entire ride. The guides were helpful, friendly, and good at what they do to ensure everyone's safety.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I rafted with a group of classmates while we were in New Zealand for a study abroad trip. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, nice, and had a great sense of humor. The scenery was beautiful and the jumps down the waterfalls were a truly exhilarating experience. 5 stars all the way!!

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Thank Adam B
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

River rats was an exceptional rafting experience. It was my first time so I was a little nervous about falling, the heights and mostly the cold seeing as it is winter. The guides at river rats are wonderful, prepared and excited for you to be there. They more than prepare you for the cold, I didn't feel cold at all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Very good outfit. Fun guides, good gear, clear instructions on the water. Did the Kaituna trip with the big waterfall. Just and amazing couple of descents when you hit the waterfalls. Other than that really just a pretty calm trip with a few nice rapids. Surfing upstream into the rapids a couple times was also really fun. Great photographer.

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1 Thank Tom S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Best rafting experience ever! Grade 5 Rapids including a 21 foot water fall! The scenery is absolutely beautiful. They have all the equipment and clothing to keep you warm. The staff was so friendly and accommodating! Their facility is top notch. Truly a breathtaking experience!

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