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Kaituna Cascades

Experience the thrill of white water rafting from Rotorua…

Welcome to the Original Kaituna Rafting company – operating since 1991.

Kaituna Cascades is stoked & humbled to be the # 1 rated rafting company in New Zealand on TripAdvisor.

Located in an awesome sunny riverside location, we are the Rotorua rafting specialists offering

river rafting trips on the Kaituna River (Okere River), Wairoa River & the Rangitaiki River.

Join us for the best white water rafting in New Zealand, and one of the top things to do in Rotorua!

Looking forward to rafting with you and the crew – See you on the water

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Kaituna River Rafting

Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Rotorua, New Zealand

A 50 minute action packed ride down 14 epic rapids featuring the worlds highest rafted waterfall! ...

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Hot Pool & Rafting Combo

With Hell's Gate & Kaituna Cascades
Rotorua, New Zealand

Raft down the world's highest rafted waterfall before relaxing into the naturally heated geothermal waters of the amazing Hell's Gate hot pools !...

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Kaituna & Wairoa Combo

Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Rotorua & Tauranga, New Zealand

Two different rivers in one epic day of rafting...

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Wairoa River Rafting

Grade 5 White Water Rafting
Tauranga, New Zealand

Renowned for some of the best white water in New Zealand...

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Rangitaiki River Rafting

Grade 4 White Water Rafting
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Awesome half day wilderness adventure...

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  • star rating  Highly recommended. The staff was amazingly helpful and friendly. Our guide Owen (I hope that's right) was awesome! He guided us throughout the rafting. Great communication. We never felt unsafe... read more

    Tanzmalik
    7/15/2021
  • star rating  So much fun! Guides Blue, Rob and Pete were very knowledgable and always put our safety first, but made sure we had heaps of fun rafting too. Such an adrenaline... read more

    shermocilla
    6/01/2021
  • star rating  What a blast!!! Soooo much better than I had expected...stunningly beautiful scenic gorge...Yes Sam..."GORGE"OUS!!!!!...the rappids ..Thrilling...and we were in good hands with our guide Sam the man... read more

    Higgie3
    5/19/2021
  • star rating  What an amazing experience we had today with the team at kaituna cascades. We are still buzzing from our grade 5 white water rafting experience. We took our teens... read more

    Reaperqueen21
    4/19/2021
  • star rating  I am still buzzing after the most epic day out on the water. If you are looking for a sign to book your white water rafting trip, this is it.... read more

    Casey F
    4/11/2021
  • star rating  Fantastic outfit. The crew were cheeky as but super professional. We felt safe throughout the entire experience. 11/10 and a big shoutout to Rob for being a GC.

    TheKiwiBadger
    7/03/2021
  • star rating  Wicked trip! The guides were awesome and the rafting was such a rush! Rafting over the waterfalls was so cool 🙂

    Curious-kiwi-123
    5/20/2021
  • star rating  Awesome trip!
    Super friendly and welcoming team.
    Very conscious of our safety and made the whole trip fun.
    Recommend you book right away!!

    derekbeckett1000
    6/20/2021
  • star rating  If you want a Rotorua experience then this outfit is one of the best outfits to experience with

    They really made this trip for our family and... read more

    Raptor72
    5/07/2021
  • star rating  Best time! Had a blast. Instructors were awesome, fun, and kept everyone calm. Picked and dropped back at front door, super convenient.

    All round good time

    Jessica C
    5/02/2021

The Best White Water Rafting in Rotorua, New Zealand!

Whitewater river rafting in Rotorua is an experience you will never forget. The rapids are thrilling, and rafting down the world’s largest rafted waterfall is truly unforgettable.

Kaituna Cascades was the first rafting company to open up the Kaituna River, letting you experience the amazing, deep warm water canyons, and rafting the famous seven-metre tall Tutea Falls.

We were established in 1991 and today is still locally owned and operated out of Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand.

Okere Falls Rafting

Our rafting base in Okere Falls is in an awesome, sunny location, and is surrounded by a scenic reserve that backs right onto the shores of the Kaituna River. We are the closest and most accessible company to the river, making Kaituna Cascades the ideal choice for rafting in Okere Falls.

All our guides are handpicked, highly skilled professionals. They come from an extreme white water background either in kayaking or rafting. They have extensive experience of white water rafting in Rotorua.

We are a company of super friendly guides that strive to give you the safest & most entertaining trip on the river!

Our aim is to have FUN so come and join us for an EPIC, once in a lifetime experience

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The Best White-Water Rafting Experience in New Zealand

Okay, we might be biased, but we believe we’ve got the best white-water rafting in New Zealand right here in Rotorua. We live and work on the Kaituna River, and we know the seven-meter drop Tutea Falls like the back of our hand, but we’ve been around the country, too, trying out other white water rafting experiences in NZ.

Here’s the thing – if you’re into river or white-water rafting, New Zealand is the place to be, whether you choose Rotorua or anywhere else in the country. The rivers are fantastic, the thrills are experiences you’ll never forget, and the scenery and waterfalls are unlike anything else you will see in the world.

That said, looking at all the options to go white water rafting in New Zealand, Rotorua does stand out. We’ve already mentioned Tutea Falls, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again! When you come to Rotorua and go white water rafting on the Kaituna River, you’ll be taking on the most famous rafting waterfall in the world!

It’s impossible to describe the rush and sense of excitement as the raft drops over the edge and down the 7 meter high drop.

Okere Falls rafting is an unforgettable experience.

So there’s only one thing left to do and that is to come check it out for yourself – you won’t be disappointed and you’ll absolutely love the experience. So, whether you are in Rotorua or are planning to come down from Auckland, we’ve got the best white-water rafting experience this side of – well, this side of anywhere, really.

Book today.

Looking After You with Every Paddle Stroke

At Kaituna Cascades, we have extensive experience white water rafting on our local rivers. We know the rivers better than anyone, and we take maximum safety precautions while also ensuring you have an exciting and fun time.

You’ll need to paddle (no passengers here!), and you’ll need to wear the safety equipment we give you and follow our safety instructions. However, you can rest easy that you will be in safe hands for this truly adventurous experience.

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