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“Adrenalin Rush”
Review of Raftabout Rotorua

Raftabout Rotorua
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Owner description: If you are looking for an awesome day out white water rafting then look no further than Raftabout, a family owned company that aims to excel. We offer the choice of 3 different rivers to white water raft. Choose which river suits your ideal adventure. All the trips offer outstanding New Zealand scenery with a varying amounts of challenging water water thrown in. For those who love adrenalin thrills, then definitely check out our Kaituna Waterfall trip, you’ll get a BUZZ going over the highest commercially rafted waterfall (a MASSIVE 7 metres). Available all year round!!
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New Plymouth
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Adrenalin Rush”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

We rafted the Kaituna River with a group of friends. Some had rafted before but others were new to the rafting experience. The trip was so professional & the safety was top class. We all had an absolute ball & plan on returning next summer to raft another river. Thanks heaps for a great experience :)

Visited March 2012
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“Toaster toaster toaster!!!”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

What a fantastic trip. We've traveled the globe always including rafting, we've done the Kicking Horse, the Shotover, Tummel the Tay and St Lawrence to name a few. This one on the Wairoa was awesome. Straight into mothers nightmare and off we went grade 5 after 5 after 5! We avoided the Toaster thanks to Dave's steering! We had a blast. The safety was excellent only one spillage on another boat but it was so efficient and safe a recovery the bloke Thot he got an extra thrill. A fantastic day, glad we chose this trip on Sun 28th Jan 2012! If you do only one thing in the North Island, Ride the Wairoa River!

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Sallins, Ireland
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“Great Trip - Easily suitable for Rafting Novices too”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

A great tour with great staff. Our lead guide Dave was extremely friendly and made a big effort to make sure everyone had an enjoyable experience. The waterfall drops are pretty spectacular and well worth the hype. We were a fairly novice crew that day and the adreneline flow was just at the right level, though we got the impression Dave could have taken us for a rougher ride if we wanted to/were able for it! Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend.

One negative though was the somewhat overpriced professional pictures on CD. As obviously you can't bring cameras on the trip, and as it is such a great photo op, you really want the pictures. Now they are fantastic pictures, and we're delighted we got them, don't get me wrong. Buut we thought $45 per CD was a little excessive. Though, don't let that put you off, apart from that minor detail after the fact it was fantastic.

Visited March 2012
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Lincoln, New Zealand
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“Great experience even for the over 70s - lots of fun and excitement was had by all.”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

My wife ( who will be 70 in May) won a competition that gave both of us 3 days at the Distinction hotel in Rotorua (ideal price to stay - cheaper than you would expect, if you have to pay, and the price includes a decent breakfast and free wireless internet), plus vouchers for a number of activities. One of these was a raft trip with the River Rats. My wife was a keen starter, but an infected wrist, that was not responding to antibiotics, kept her 76 year old husband (me) on dry land. Unexpectedly, the Raftabout photographer invited me to accompany him to the ideal shooting spots to get pictures of the three rafts and the canoes, that were going shoot a couple of waterfalls.

The shrieks coming from the rafts as they went over the falls, were of delight and excitement, not fear. From the photographic point of view, it would have been more dramatic if one of the rafts had capsized going over the falls. My video soundtrack has an audible "bugger" as the third raft safely dropped over the second falls.

The official photographer and I joined the rafters as they came ashore and returned with them. Everybody on this attraction obviously thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and with a little help from Photoshop, I can overturn the raft carrying my wife.

Our grateful thank to Raftabout for inviting us to take part in this attraction. If you are in Rotorua, give it a go. You will be glad you did.

Visited February 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“If you looking for some adventure.. planning for white water rafting in Rotorua strongly recommended.”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

I planned to take break from my work and visit Rotorua for vacation and do some adventure. Decided to do white water rafting and selected Raftabout for it..From my pick up till drop all staff that i encountered were amazing professional and funny. They really care about their customer provide you a information of the area during the tour, good lunch and explain proper safety procedures. I and my friend had a perfect start to our trip thoroughly enjoyed. Anyone planning to do white water rafting in Rotorua definitely recommended. Its a onetime experience make it with the best service provider. :)

Visited January 2012
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Raftabout, Manager at Raftabout Rotorua, responded to this review, February 6, 2012
Thank you for your review and for taking a break from work and coming rafting with us! We pride ourselves on caring for our guests on and off the river the best we can so it was nice to see your comments on this. Thanks for your recommendation and maybe we will see you on another one of our rivers we offer the next time you take a break in Rotorua! :-)
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