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River Rats Raft & Kayak

765 reviews
Rotorua, New Zealand
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About River Rats Raft & Kayak
River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years. There’s something for everyone, from full on grade 5 action on the Kaituna River, featuring the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall, through to a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old. 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, an evening kayak option is available in summer that includes a BBQ dinner and a hidden Glow Worm cave
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144 reviews
This Kaituna River rafting adventure in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve promises plenty of thrills! With an expert guide at the helm, you’ll paddle through Class 5 white-water rapids of the Kaituna River, including an awesome 21-foot (7-meter) drop down Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Accessible to adventurous beginners, this 3-hour tour includes a safety briefing with paddling instruction, all necessary equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
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$72.19 per adult
Rangitaiki River White Water Scenic Rafting from Rotorua
Enjoy a scenic rafting tour on the Rangitaiki River during a laid-back half-day tour from Rotorua. Travel over Grade 2 white-water rapids on a gentle ride past tumbling waterfalls, sheer rock cliffs and forest-clad river gorges as you relax and take in the scenery. The rolling rapids make this an ideal trip for families and those looking for a more relaxed experience. Includes lunch, gear, paddling instruction and a hot shower with hotel pickup and drop-off.
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$102.45 per adult
16 reviews
Spend a magical evening kayaking on Lake Rotoiti, where you’ll visit glowworm caves and have plenty of time to soak in natural hot springs before a barbecue picnic dinner. Paddle for two hours with an expert guide into lakeside caves only accessed by boat to see glowworms and crayfish, then revel in the sunset reflected on the tranquil waters. Instruction, equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua are all included.
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$116.20 per adult
21 reviews
Experience the elation of Rangitaiki River whitewater rafting over Grade III and IV rapids on this half-day adventure for physically active participants. You’ll bounce over whirling white water on a thrilling run through the stunning river valley, including a section of flat water where you can relax before lunch and a hot shower. Includes gear, paddling instruction, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Rotorua.
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$102.45 per adult
Lake Rotoiti Guided Hot Pools Kayak Trip
2 reviews
A fascinating landscape of geothermal mud pools, hot springs, and serene lakes, Rotorua ranks among New Zealand’s must-see sites of interest. On this tour, paddle across magnificent Lake Rotoiti by kayak with your guide and soak up the mineral-rich waters in the Manupirua Springs hot pools. With entry fees plus round-trip travel from your Rotorua hotel included, enjoy a special experience in the heart of the Rotorua countryside.
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$95.57 per adult
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Was thinking to escape, but the thing is that not dropping off that waterfall is simply not experiencing everything that our land has to offer. It offers a feeling that needs to be felt. Guides awesum, safe and help to push your limits. Safety was...More

Thank 628kirstil
Reviewed 1 week ago

With thanks to our guides we had a most enjoyable and exciting experience as first time white water rafters. Their experience and clear instructions instilled us with confidence and enabled us to enjoy the experience to its fullest. Great fun and highly recommended.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jenny D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute must do activity when in Rotorua. Professional and entertaining staff that are real joy to deal with. Wonderful rafting down the stunning river. Words are inadequate to describe, so put simply, you must experience this for yourself. Will not disappoint

Thank mike456774
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Justin and his gang of RiverRats took us on an epic journey through the Kaituna river/rapids and the experience was beyond amazing. The exhilarating rapids and drops off the falls were made so easy for us thanks to their expert guidance. If you're looking into...More

Thank alexsmith1985
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice experience !! If you are in rotorua, these guys are awesome and rafting is a must do activity!@ Top notch :)!!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Siddharth J
Reviewed June 6, 2019

I had an absolute blast doing this for the first time ever...the guides were phenomenal, the experience was above and beyond what I expected and I cannot wait to do it again.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank WakaVoyagers
Reviewed May 20, 2019

A group of us went for a raft last week as part of a work activity afternoon and we had an absolute ball. Justin and his team were a heap of fun! I've been on a handful of Grade 5 rafting adventures now in NZ,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2019 via mobile

As newly-weds (14 days in) and celebrating our honeymoon in NZ, what an amazing experience to share! How invigorating and exciting. We highly recommend this to anyone seeking some adventure and excitement. The team was well organized, experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you so much...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank MrandMrsOlds
Reviewed May 19, 2019

What an amazing experience I recently had with The River Rats. I was absolutely petrified going into this activity, but nerves were eased once guides gave a very thorough and well articulated run down of e..v..e..r..y..t..h..i..n..g. It was so good that when we neared the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank WakaVoyagers
Reviewed May 19, 2019

Safe equipment, safe training for the falls. A great, fun experience that lived up to the hype. I ordered photos on a USB and the folder was unreadable when I got home. I contacted them and within 12 hours they sent me a link that...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2019

Apologies for the issue with your USB. Thanks for taking the time to post a review, we are glad you enjoyed the trip.

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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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