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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Did the 7m grade 5 rapid as the river was too low for the other trips. I'm so pleased we did this trip and highly recommend it. Although it was shorter than the grade 3/4 trip it was plenty long enough. The short trip to...More

Thank Tassie_Ross
Reviewed 20 April 2016

The thought of going down a waterfall in a rubber dinghy had me awake the whole night, but it was literally one of the best experiences I have ever done. I have rafted the Zambezi river in Victoria Falls (which was way more intense than...More

Thank Jillkla
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

When in Rotorua, you must do this!!! Make sure you look this up! The 7m waterfall was crazy. Great times. Good safe guide & water was amazing.

Thank SKDrooster2013
Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

We rafted the grade 5 Kaituna River. It was a very fun, exciting experience. Our guide Cody made us feel comfortable and prepared for the challenge of the 7m waterfall!!

Thank OKgirls
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

This was a great company with enthusiastic and nice fun guides. We had Dave and I believe Cory and they were awesome. Fun Rapids with a nice drop. This is something that is enjoyable for everyone and conveniently located close to town. I was nervous...More

1  Thank Travelsscv
Reviewed 12 April 2016

The river rats are a very friendly team with excellent safety guidance to beginners and with excellent knowledge of the river never lost any of us. Thanks to Steve, Jasper and co.

1  Thank Jill M
Reviewed 11 April 2016

there were only 3 boats that day for the stretch of the river we were tackling. Our guides gave all of us a proper safety breifing for the different scenarios that we may encounter. We were issued fleece jackets, wetsuits and a helmet, these keep...More

Thank Christopher P
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

Our family of four turned up unsure of what to expect and feeling a little nervous. .. Our guide Mike had a hilarious sense of humour and together with his skills instructed us safely down the river, leaving us wanting more... Will definitely try this...More

Thank Teena W
Reviewed 3 April 2016

The most exhilarating thing we did in NZ. The group are health and safety conscious and the level 5 trip was thrilling. Would recommend to anyone. Do listen and take off glasses and ear rings.

1  Thank JanT1234
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Great morning on the water here (and the water is so warm!) with fun guides, beautiful scenery & fun drops over the falls!

Thank Taryn W
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May O
24 October 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
23 September 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
Linda T
8 September 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
Apologies for the delay in replying. For some reason we did not receive a question alert. The Kaituna River trip is about 2.2km long. The trip takes around 50 minutes on the river. All up you need to allow around 2 - 2 1/2... More