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Address: 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-345 6543
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07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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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River Rats Treat You Well

I traveled to New Zealand with work and had the opportunity to experience River Rats and Kaituna Waterfall, grade 5 rafted waterfall. River Rats staff, Justin, Adam and all guides... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I traveled to New Zealand with work and had the opportunity to experience River Rats and Kaituna Waterfall, grade 5 rafted waterfall. River Rats staff, Justin, Adam and all guides were just awesome! Made me feel very safe and comfortable and highly recommend this rafting experience and company! Thanks River Rafts for a life long memory and thanks for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

WOW an amazing experience. Would highly recommend River Rats while in Rotorua NZ. All of our guides Justin, Adam just to name a few were amzazing. I don’t swim nor have I been river rafting so I was a bit scared however the team & guides at River Rats made feel safe and we had a lot of fun! They... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The guides were great. They will have you well prepared for all the waterfalls and keep you safe at all times. The 7m waterfall is something unlike I have ever experienced. A must do for all adventurers on the North Island.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

The guides were amazing especially Mike, we had such a great time, it was a good challenge and heaps of fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

not only did we have an amazing time, they know there stuff. Safety does not take a backseat to a great experience in a stunningly beautiful setting. A great mix of local knowledge, toss in guides that are masters of their craft and a fine sense of humor. If you are hesitant to go, just throw caution to the wind... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Had the best time with River Rats! The team was very friendly and knowledgable. I've rafted before in Bali and Queenstown, but this was by far my favourite and most enjoyable. Our raft even capsized at the bottom of the 7M drop waterfall which made for an even more fun and memorable experience. Would highly recommend River Rats to others... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Our family of 2+2 with 14 and 11 year old kids rafted the grade 3 to 4 section of the Rangitaiki. We had our own car so met the group at the start point at the Murapara Motor Camp. We were fitted with Merino tops, full wetsuit with boots and a waterproof jacket before jumping on board the bus and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had a blast! The guides were fantastic, and the rafting was awesome! River Rats picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off when the trip was complete.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend the Kaituna grade 5 with River Rats Rotorua. My husband and I were first time rafters but Adam and Jordan made us feel safe the whole time and made sure our experience was one to remember. They both had plenty of local knowledge to share along the way. Even though it was a cold rainy day we... More 

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

We do not offer video of our trips. It is possible the photographer put the promotional video on your photo USB. Customers can take a GoPro provided they have a chest mount. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This review is well over due, a much deserved 5 star. This was an amazing adventure, the staff were just amazing and so kind. Would do it again in a heartbeat! Props to the photographer who took great pics that my family loved seeing back at home.

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