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“Best First Rafting Experience”

River Rats Raft & Kayak
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$78.31*
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ...
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Rangitaiki River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I went to River Rats Rafting with a large group of friends and we had an amazing time! The Rafting itself was exhilarating (the big drop was awesome!!!), the surrounding scenery was breathtaking and the leaders were kinda sexy... ;) We even got to get out of the boat and float down the rapids in our life jackets. It was a real awesome first rafting experience for me, loved it!!

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

River Rats were the highlight of not only my trip to Rotorua,my while trip to NZ!
Excellent team, friendly staff and verrrrrry patient with a very frightened rafter. Thanks River Rats! Will be coming back again to try the other rivers - Kate Turner NSW Australia

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

River Rats Rafting is an absolute MUST DO while in Rotorua, no matter the season. We went in Autumn and while it was cold weather we were in nice warm wet suits, thermal tops and wet suit boots. The guides are very good, informative and quite funny... they give good clear instructions and ensure you are okay and confident to continue.

The rafting is for all ages, we had an older lady on our boat and she handled it like a pro, while I was white knuckled she seemed to treat it like a walk in the park... even over the huge water hall ... I swear that was her making that extra loud goat scream... and not me !! haha

The scenery is out of this world ! Honestly, don't take my word for it - see it for yourself!

Thank Col E
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Thankyou for giving myself and my team a awesome adventure and i am so proud that i achieved what i did and overcame my fear. Your company are professional and invested in everyone having a great time. Thanks again Jen

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

I went on the Kaituna trip on my recent trip to New Zealand with my husband. He loves the daring and exciting excursions and was super keen to raft the 7m waterfall. I, on the otherhand, was petrified. But, BUT it was so AWESOME! The guides were really reassuring, the scenery was unparalleled, and the waterfalls were a blast! We did two smaller ones first (a 3m and a 2m) and then we did the big one. It was so much fun and the guides gave us lots of instructions as to how to stay safe etc. Afterwards we even got to jump out of the raft and float down a couple of rapids. It was a great trip! Totally worth it.. the only downfall is that it goes by so fast!

Thank SheSills
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