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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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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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Rangitaiki River White Water Scenic Rafting from Rotorua
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Rangitaiki River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

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What an awesome experience!

I had only ever done white water rafting through a man-made course, but this was so much better! I was a bit nervous at first, but the instructor was very friendly and made sure... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
AnnieNight
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You won't actually poo your wet suit but you will get close to it . The river rats white water rafting is a thrill - not for the fair hearted . I'm a whimp , my partner is a thrill seeker - I managed the whole time , and my partner loved it . You are firstly given your dry... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I had only ever done white water rafting through a man-made course, but this was so much better! I was a bit nervous at first, but the instructor was very friendly and made sure that everyone was comfortable every step of the way before proceeding to the next section. We all worked together as a team and everyone absolutely enjoyed... More 

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Thank AnnieNight
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of five, including three kids under 14, did the Grade 2 Rangitaiki Scenic trip. Steve our guide was very friendly and professional - as a result the kids thoroughly enjoyed their introduction to white water rafting. Definitely on our list to return and do another trip with River Rats.

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

Myself and my girlfriend booked a trip and it turned out to be just us and 5 members of the team. Justin and the crew took us out and each of them were fantastic. They did a great job of running us through the local history and made sure the two of us had the best experience possible. Safety was... More 

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Thank Matthew R
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Steve carefully but respectfully analyzed our team (we didn't all know each other and had varying levels of experience) to make sure we were safe but also had fun. And of course, he did all the hard work, in the back. Logan, Jordan and the guys made sure we had a good time, too. The river was kind to us... More 

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Thank mcs530
Moraga, California
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an awesome time! Our group was made up of first timers, me, several with experience up to grade 3 rapids, and one with grade 5+ rapid but from many years ago but Steve treated all of us with the same respect and energy and made the trip down the river exciting, fun, and wet! Since there was a... More 

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1 Thank Julie M
Copenhagen, Denmark
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me and my wife were the only two along with the guide, Justin, who was amazing. My wife was pretty scared, but his humour and experience calmed her down. We had a great time and will recommend everyone to try this. Safety is the key, so even though we were only two, we rafted the river with other rafts, in... More 

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1 Thank Jan S
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must do for any adrenaline junkie. Grade 5 white water rafting, one thing off my bucket list... These guys are professionals and know their way around the rapids and 10 meter waterfalls. The tutorial which they give before and just before the rafting is a life saver. Also they were very helpful as my wife had a... More 

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RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this review

The biggest waterfall on the Kaituna is Tutea Falls which is 7 metres or around 23 feet :-) More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an awesome trip to do with your teenagers. Steve and the guys made sure we had a safe and fun time and really appreciated the added insight into local Maori history. Thanks guys.

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Thank sim0ncartwright
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 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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