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About Kaituna Cascades
Kaituna Cascades is the Original Rafting Company to start taking people rafting down the Kaituna River & over the 7m Tutea Falls. We are located right beside the river & have been there 30 years. The Kaituna river is now super famous for having the Worlds Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall. Awesome scenery, warm water, 11 fun rapids and 3 waterfalls makes this a perfect river for anybody. Open all year round. Minimum age 13+ years old. Come and join our super fun team!
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White Water Rafting in Kaituna River

This white water rafting trip is the ideal outing for adventure lovers. Ride the rapids of the Kaituna River in a safe and fun way that’s perfect for rafting beginners. No need to worry about buying special clothing, as wetsuits, helmets, life jackets, boots, splash jackets, and all necessary equipment is provided. See spectacular scenery, including Tutea Falls, and have a thrilling day to remember.
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2 hours
from US$77.17

Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River near Tauranga

Take on the mighty Wairoa River in an adrenaline pumping rafting expedition you'll never forget! The Grade 5 Wairoa River near Tauranga is renowned for having some of the best white water action in New Zealand.

Kaituna Cascades run the whole section of the river including the bottom three rapids and the lower waterfall!

Hold on for dear life as you tackle 'Mothers Nightmare' which has a technical grade 4 rock garden, closely followed by a tight 2 metre drop.

Experience the thrill of 'The Rollercoaster' - consisting of the aptly named 'Devils Cauldron' and the breathtaking 'Bottom Drop'.

Feel the rush of 'The Waterfall' which has an awesome 3 metre drop into a churning pool of white water through the Wairoa Rivers boulder-strewn rock canyon.

Topped off with a lite lunch and refreshments at the end of river!
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4 to 6 hours
from US$110.25
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Michelle Delves wrote a review Jan. 21
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Eoin was a brilliant guide and ensured that we had an amazing time. The course was so much fun and we had a blast swimming through the rapid/surfing the splash (optional) and NOT tipping over... GO TEAM! (kinda wanna tip over next time cuz it looks fun haha). All in all 100% recommend :)
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Date of experience: January 2021
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hannar wrote a review Jan. 20
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Great experience..Very professional guides. Understand 13 yos . Explained procedure very carefully, .. several times...and she had a great time. Highly recommend . And thanks for hauling my 55 yo arse out of the rapid😂 guys
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Sunjoy wrote a review Jan. 17
Hyderabad, India101 contributions91 helpful votes
We had a fabulous morning rafting with Kaituna Cascades. The crew is great, the river exciting (and cold!) and the activity had all the components to make it awesome - variability and a "touch" of fear , in a beautiful place. Rafting the waterfall was amazing, but we also enjoyed the swim (including the choice to swim a rapid) and the other fun activities the instructors included in the trip. My son was the youngest on the trip (13 years) and I am fairly certain I was the oldest, indicating it was a great trip for all (or most) ages.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Kaituna C, Owner at Kaituna Cascades
Responded 6 days ago
Good work on getting the optional extras !! It's such a fun river aye :) Cheers for rafting with us
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SJR wrote a review Jan. 13
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
Great people, total rockstars but very safe. I took my ten year old. She had to jump out while we did the big waterfalls but got to swim the rapids and do some small falls and other super cool stuff. One of the best times of her life. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Kaituna C, Owner at Kaituna Cascades
Responded 1 week ago
The best of times :) can't wait to see you guy's again! Cheers from the Cascades team
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Abby V wrote a review Jan. 11
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I could not have asked for a better experience. I was equal parts nervous and excited but the team and our incredible guide Jake made our journey down the Kaituna such a magical experience. Jake was able to gauge the group and our nerves and cater accordingly. Our group felt safe and had a blast! Definitely an experience we won’t forget! The photos we bought after were excellent quality & they captured such fantastic shots.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Kaituna C, Owner at Kaituna Cascades
Responded 1 week ago
Fantastic Review. Thanks alot Abby
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