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River Rats Raft & Kayak

837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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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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“wet suit” (12 reviews)
“grade rapids” (5 reviews)
“big waterfall” (8 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

We had reserved a guided kayaking tour. However unfortunately it didn't have minimum number of guests, we changed to a rafting of grade two, since it was our first rafting. In fact we regretted that we couldn't do kayaking, but finally the rafting became one...More

Thank YassStainbach
Reviewed January 15, 2016

Just finished a great family trip with Justin of River Rats, a very knowledgable and passionate guide. With three children ages between 6 & 8, Justin ensured they were well entertained along with the adults. A beautiful river valley enjoyed from in and out of...More

Thank Magpie2016
Reviewed January 15, 2016 via mobile

We booked at short notice while on a one day cruise ship stopover. Team there were friendly and helpful and helped us get organised and booked on a tour that would still get us back to our ship on time, dropping us back in Rotorua...More

Thank SABokke
Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

Great guides, Yasper rocks. Kids under 13 can still do it - about 70% of it. They don't even have to paddle! The 7m waterfall was awesome.

Thank Andrew T
Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile

Our River Rats adventure was thrilling! Our guide, Mike, was the best!! He was so skilled and encouraging of those of us who were scared (aka myself), and we even ran into him in a kayak a week later while swimming by ourselves at the...More

Thank TashiThuma
Reviewed January 9, 2016

Booked at short notice for the Assult on the 7 mtr waterfall...and was not disappointed. I was picked up from my accommodation and taken to the office for briefing with the rest of my party. The staff were very helpful and understand that customers have...More

Thank harryk409
Reviewed January 6, 2016

A nice relaxing kayak trip through the Ohau Channel on our own. We had ducks and swans for company along the way, and peeked at waterfront houses which lined the Channel. We were initially not sure if we could manage without a guide and whether...More

Thank William C
Reviewed January 4, 2016

Keep in mind- you can not bring your go pro. They do not allow cameras or go pros on this trip. They do have pictures they take for sale. I have been rafting a few times before, this trip unfortunately was my least favorite. The...More

Thank KNicoleH246
RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2016

Thank you for your review. I am sorry the trip was not what you expected. The positioning in the raft on the Kaituna is largely a safety decision. We need to try and make sure that weight and paddle power are as evenly distributed as...More

Reviewed January 3, 2016

The rafting the rapids portion was actually short, but still exciting. The tour guides helped make it worth the money by doing bonus activities like surfing a rapid and trying different poses while going down them. They also take great pictures. I wish our tour...More

1  Thank Chelsie J
RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2016

Thank you for your 5 out of 5 review. Much appreciated. I have sent you a message to find out who your guide was.

Reviewed December 31, 2015

Signed up for the afternoon Kaituna River Rafting. The meeting point is at the Rotorua airport in an old-renovated hanger. Plenty of parking around the place and I believe they do free pickups from Rotorua hotels. The facility didn't seem like they had showers for...More

Thank worldtraveler0632
RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2016

Thank you for your review. As the water is warm and fresh water most customers don't want a shower afterwards. However we do have one shower available at our base if customers wish to use it. We are certainly happy to accommodate people if they...More

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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
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
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