Trip Advisor - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand

Number 1 Rafting company in Rotorua on Trip Advisor !!

Best Location & Closest to the river

Original Company

Eco Tourism

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 Rotorua 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!

Being locally owned and operated by two current raft guides – you know you’ll be in good hands.

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


COVID UPDATE:  Traffic light level – Orange –  Means we are OPEN and following normal government guidelines.

Current River Status 

The Famous Kaituna River is OPEN with classic great winter rafting conditions.

The flows are high (500’s on the control gates) and normal for this time of the year.

This means the rapids are big, fluffy and fun. The big waterfall is more powerful but slightly less tall and vertical.

We have all the winter gear to keep ya warm, happy & mostly dry on the river!

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 stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  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

    May 14, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  So much fun and Elvis our guide really made it great and unique for our team!
    Super well organised and all the staff were brilliant, beyond expectations.
    Would definitely recommend... read more

    May 1, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  Bloody brilliant. These guys are really professional and know their stuff.

    Andy they are so close to the start and end of the river that you only have to... read more

    Scott C
    July 10, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  Awesome trip, well organised, professional, fun and lottsa laughs with blue and the team. Would highly recommend this company for your thrills and spills on the kaituna River. Anatural... read more

    April 27, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  Super fun with my teenage son. They picked he was super water confident so they gave him a good thrashing up front and he loved it. Friendly guides and the... read more

    June 5, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  swimming in the river was the best part and cloe was the best instructor for our team. it was Amazing.....

    Harshil G
    February 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  The team at Cascades were awesome. My groomsmen organised it as a stag activity and we all had a blast. The cliff jump at the end was an awesome finish

    April 11, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  The whole experience was just fabulous. It was just the best. I have never experienced anything like it. Truly wonderful! Our guide was just amazing, funny and full of enthusiasm.... read more

    Sharon D
    August 8, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  Well organised, great staff, well maintained equipment & suitable tidy and clean facilities. Well led by our guide Hayley.

    Patrick Z
    January 1, 1970
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Kaituna Cascades Rotorua New Zealand  The whole experience was excellent from the start to the finish. There was beautiful scenery to go with the thrill of the rapids and the friendliness and expertise of the... read more

    Chelsea H
    July 8, 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.