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River Rats Raft & Kayak

837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 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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“great fun” (41 reviews)
“wet suits” (6 reviews)
“safety briefing” (10 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
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"great fun"
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"wet suits"
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"amazing experience"
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"new zealand"
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"comfort zone"
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"lake rotoiti"
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"these guys"
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"great photos"
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"an absolute blast"
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"adrenaline rush"
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"bucket list"
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"a lot of fun"
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"great guide"
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"beautiful scenery"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Can’t believe I’ve been living 5 minutes down the road for over 10 years and only just payed this place a visit! My friend and I did the rafting trip and we can’t recommend it enough! The guides were amazing and managed to make everyone...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely the highlight of my Rotorua Trip. All the guides were professional and accommodating. I joined a bunch of backpackers and the entire experience at Kaituna River was just epic! Will be back!!!!

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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

I have now done three trips on two different rivers with the company, and thoroughly enjoyed each one. We have travelled from Canada with big groups of 10-15 and they have always been accommodating, friendly and loads of fun. Guides are knowledgeable about the river...More

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RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Thanks for your review Jamie :-)

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

This was awesome even though I fell in the water. The guides were number one. They spent time with us in the raft going over paddling instructions and utmost safety. The scenery was paradise. When I fell out of the raft the safety man in...More

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Reviewed April 25, 2018 via mobile

Awesome experience with a great guide! We had two young teenagers and the guide was excellent in accommodating them and making the whole experience a memorable one. We were given the opportunity to swim down the river, which is a must. Thanks team!

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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

We were all a little nervous to start but had a fabulous time. Can’t rate the guide high enough - felt very safe with him! Certainly pushes you outside of your comfort zone. Great fun!!

Thank Lisa D
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Jennifer Z
October 28, 2017|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
The Kaituna River is a unique stretch of River, known as a pool-drop River. It is our most popular trip as you get the excitement of the 14 rapids, including 3 waterfalls, without having to work too hard. The 7m waterfall... More
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May O
October 24, 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
Hi, you can wear sandals but we do have wetsuit boots available if you want. Thanks Justin
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PBGrl
September 23, 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
The Twilight Kayak is a sea kayak trip on Lake Rotoiti. The trip is generally pretty placid but this does depend on wind. The White Rafting is in a raft on a river with rapids. The difficulty of the trip varies with the... More
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