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Kaituna Cascades

Experience the thrill of white water rafting from Rotorua…

We are the original Kaituna Rafting company & have been operating since 1991.

Kaituna Cascades is consistently top rated 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.

For the best white water rafting in New Zealand, visit us in Rotorua!

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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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tripadvisor nz
  • star rating  Brilliant trip in the river and brilliant guide! Friendly and helpful staff. Our first rafting but the guide made us relax. It was an impressive adventure

    Traveller1256789
    4/18/2021
  • star rating  Absolutely incredible experience.
    Guides were awesome and there was a great balance of professionalism and humour! It was an incredibly beautiful journey and an absolute rush.
    Definitely recommend to... read more

    caleblmo98
    5/20/2021
  • star rating  Awesome with funny guides. We went down with only three in the boat but still Managed to make it towards the end. The 7 meter drop was the best part... read more

    Blakey468
    4/22/2021
  • star rating  It was an absolute blast! Totally recommend it. The guides were awesome and we had the best time. Elvis did an incredible job

    Ratnayakeee
    5/21/2021
  • star rating  Awsome people hole lot of fun highly recommended, they have you having fun with a good laugh. Would defensive go back.

    Honeymoones2021
    4/21/2021
  • star rating  Had a fantastic experience with these guys. Top quality service and professionalism. Sam was an awesome guide who went above and beyond to ensure we felt safe and comfortable while... read more

    Josephshaw1993
    5/24/2021
  • star rating  What a fantastic day, took my teenage daughter who was a little fearful, but the expert guides made her feel comfortable and well informed. This was the second time I've... read more

    mrbengray
    5/14/2021
  • star rating  Great day - right from arrival the guys were organised, hard case and felt super safe after not rafting for 20 odd years. Family loved it - great balance of... read more

    craigpF2248NA
    4/19/2021
  • star rating  Awesome experience, our guide was amazing and very funny!! Lots of laughs and thrills going down the waterfall.

    MichelleDeWet66
    4/25/2021
  • 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

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 Okere Falls rafting.

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 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-metre 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 wildlife 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 rafting down an honest to goodness waterfall!

It’s impossible to describe the rush and sense of excitement as the raft drops over the edge and down the metres-long drop.

Okere Falls rafting is an unforgettable experience too.

So, yeah, we’re biased, but we think our bias is justified and that you’ll 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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