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Before You Go: What You Should Know About The Kaituna River

When visiting the Kaituna River in Rotorua, you must prepare yourself for many things – the beautiful sights, experiencing a thriving natural world, learning new histories of New Zealand, and spending time with your loved ones. Really, there are so many things to do here that it’s difficult to know where to begin! At Kaituna…

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Navigating Rapids: Techniques for White Water Rafting in NZ

If you’re looking for things to do in NZ, whether that’s with family, friends or by yourself, a thrilling ride down a river is something that you should absolutely experience. While rafting can provide you with a relaxing ride down a river and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, white water rafting is for…

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What Is The Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall In The World?

The highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world is the stunning Tutea Falls – a thrilling site for white water rafting that we at Kaituna Cascades provide tours for ourselves. We guide clients along an amazing Grade 5 white water rafting experience that glides past Tutea Falls and some of Kaituna River’s most impressive sites…

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Okere Falls: Walks, Rapids & White Water Rafting

White water rafting in Okere Falls is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and renowned experiences. Located close to Rotorua, these beautifully intense cascades pack a powerful punch for white water rafters, and require some serious teamwork to navigate! Yet, white water rafting isn’t the only thrill to be discovered at Okere Falls. We at…

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When Is The Best Time To Go White Water Rafting In NZ?

  When is the best time to go white water rafting in NZ? At Kaituna Cascades, we’re well-equipped to answer this question, with years of experience in fun white water rafting across New Zealand’s waters. Our answer is simple – sort of! The best time to go white water rafting in New Zealand is in…

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Black vs White Water Rafting – What’s The Difference?

  The difference between white water rafting and black water rafting is, literally, night and day! Before you choose the right rafting expedition for you, we at Kaituna Cascades explore the many differences below. What is white water rafting? White water rafting involves navigating fast-flowing rivers above ground, where rafters will encounter turbulent rapids and…

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The Roaring Rapids of Rotorua: Exploring the Kaituna River

  The Kaituna river is infamous for heart-racing white water rafting in New Zealand, Rotorua. Ranked at an impressive Grade 5, rafters on the Kaituna river might experience large and choppy waves, roaring rapids and challenging obstacles like trees, rocks and steep gradients. That is to say, when you’re up to the task, white water…

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Summer Holiday Adventures: White Water Rafting in Rotorua

The summer holidays are long, hot and – dare we even say it – boring! Well, at least they are when there’s nothing to do. Fill in that free time with a thrilling activity that all of your loved ones can enjoy; white water rafting in Rotorua. Here at Kaituna Cascades, we’re professionally-qualified to tell…

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How Dangerous is White Water Rafting?

  As a cascade raft company, we at Kaituna Cascades are intimately acquainted with the dangerous nature of white water rafting & have a very strong health & safety plan and record. After all, you’re pitting yourself against the elements! Yet, nowadays, taking the appropriate safety precautions reduces the risk of white water rafting exponentially…

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Diving into the History of White Water Rafting

  White water rafting in Rotorua is a thrilling, adrenaline-fuelled experience that can really get your heart racing. It’s a beautiful combination of nature, skills, teamwork and excitement that’s hard to match elsewhere. To some, it may seem like quite a modern pastime, but actually, white water rafting has its history in antiquity. Early Civilizations Humans have…

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Rush of Adventure: White Water Rafting’s Ultimate Thrills and Spills

At Kaituna Cascades, we’ve often traversed the waters of Taupo for fun-filled white water rafting. It’s fair to say that this activity is filled with countless thrills and spills – of which there are too many to count! But, if you’re interested in taking on this rush of adventure, here are the benefits (and drawbacks!)…

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Can You Go Rafting in the Rain?

Many eager rafters have pressed our professionals at Kaituna Cascades with the question: ‘Can you go rafting in the rain?’ We understand the curiosity, particularly when it comes to such an adrenaline-rushing, high-octane sport. The short answer is yes, you can, and white water rafting is actually one of the best things to do on…

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WHERE TO GO RAFTING IN ROTORUA

  Rafting is one of the most popular activities to do in Rotorua—and it’s easy to see why. Rotorua has some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world, including spectacular lakes, wonderful forests, a geothermal wonderland, an astounding volcanic valley, and the largest geyser in the Southern hemisphere. Whether you’re an experienced rafter or…

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THINGS TO DO IN BAY OF PLENTY

  The Bay of Plenty is a stunning bight along the north coast of North Island, New Zealand. It is renowned for its magnificent coastline and abundance of marine wildlife. Whether you want to spend some time exploring, wish to relax with family, or fancy seeing some wondrous wildlife, here are just some of the things…

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Unleash Your Inner Daredevil: Top Adventure Activities in Rotorua

  Rotorua is exciting, one of the gems of New Zealand, and a place with an almost unlimited amount of adventure activities to enjoy! If you have found yourself desperate to unleash your inner daredevil for a while, it might be time to pay a visit. For thrilling adventure activities in Rotorua, we at Kaituna…

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Rafting and Culture: Exploring Māori Traditions in Rotorua

  Over 40% of residents in Rotorua are Māori, amounting to almost 30,000 people! From an abundance of indigenous food, carving, weaving and traditional massage to the tangible spirit of manaakitanga (hospitality) shared between locals and tourists, vibrant Māori traditions live on in Rotorua in a multitude of ways. The most significant of these traditions…

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The Difference Between Rafting and White-Water Rafting

  Rafting is the perfect summer sport, a thrilling ride down a river where you can fully immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. If you’re planning to do some rafting, there is an important choice for you to consider: rafting or white-water rafting. Here you can discover some of the key differences between the…

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How safe is rafting?

Rafting is a very popular activity for all ages, whether alone or with friends and family. However, some people may be put off taking part due to concerns over just how safe it is. Whether you’ve taken part in water-based activities before or you’re completely new to them, it’s normal to have some concerns over…

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4 Potentially Surprising Ways to Get Closer to Nature

  With modern society’s reliance on technology and smartphones, it goes without saying that most of us are now disconnected from nature. To rectify this, we have created this blog to include 4 ways that you can get closer to nature. Whether that is through adventure activities in Rotorua or just something as simple as…

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3 Tips for Making Your Holiday More Eco-Friendly

  Are you planning to go on holiday soon? If so, then it might be worthwhile to consider how you can make your holiday more eco-friendly. After all, there are growing concerns about climate change and global warming, and the tourism industry also has an impact on it – think, travel (airplanes, tourist waste etc.). …

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3 Reasons to Try Rafting at Least Once

  River rafting isn’t the easiest activity to undertake. It demands upper body strength, endurance and adrenaline! Unfortunately, this dissuades many New Zealand tourists and locals from giving rafting a go. At Kaituna Cascades, we provide professional white water rafting across the waterfalls of Rotorua, and are therefore happy – and knowledgeable enough! – to…

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5 Major Health Benefits of River Rafting

  New Zealand is renowned for beautiful sights that make for brilliant river rafting opportunities, particularly in Rotorua. At Kaituna Cascades, we’re especially fond of white water rafting across the Kaituna (or Okere) River, Wairoa River and the Rangitaiki River. Indeed, we’ve been providing excellent Rotorua rafting experiences for decades, and have become well-acquainted with…

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HOW WHITE WATER RAFTING CAN IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

  Many people struggle with mental health problems like depression, anxiety or low self-esteem. These things can get worse when the weather is bleak outside and it’s raining heavily. If you’re looking for rainy day activities in Rotorua and you want something that will also lift your spirits, then you cannot go wrong with white…

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WHY CONSIDER ADDING WHITE WATER RAFTING TO YOUR FITNESS REGIME?

  Whether you’re someone who has just started frequenting the gym or you’re a lifelong fitness enthusiast, you will probably have experienced boredom and fatigue with your fitness regime at some point. It is almost inevitable. After many days of hitting the treadmill, you may find yourself growing weary and bored. Using an exercise bike…

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How Do I Stay Warm While Rafting in Autumn/Winter Months?

  When you’re winter rafting or riding the waves in the cold autumn months, it can be difficult to keep warm. But it doesn’t have to be. As experts in white water rafting, here at Kaituna Cascades we are well aware that icy conditions can put a damper on things, and being left cold and…

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Great Adventure Activities For the School Holidays

  When it comes to the school holidays, the last thing you want your kids to be doing is sitting indoors and wasting their free time in front of a screen. You want them to appreciate the great outdoors, have an adventure, and make the most of their time off before heading back to the…

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Add White River Rafting To Your Bucket List Now! Here’s Why

  Are you looking for an exciting Rotorua adventure to add to your bucket list? Look no further than white water rafting in Rotorua! As rotorua rafting specialists, we offer river rafting trips on the Kaituna, also known as the Okere River, the Wairoa River, and the Rangitaiki River. Each river has its unique characteristics…

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Get The Most Out Of Rafting With These Tips

  Are you looking for an adventure activity that will get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping? Look no further than white water rafting in Rotorua, one of the most exhilarating adventure activities in Rotorua. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a first-timer, these tips will help you get the most out of your…

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Why Rafting Is The Perfect School Outing

Rafting is one of the most thrilling water activities out there, and it’s no surprise that it’s a popular choice for school outings. If you’re looking for an exciting way to bring your students together and help them build skills like teamwork, leadership, and confidence, white water rafting is the perfect solution. In this blog,…

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5 Lessons That Work From Rafting To The Office

Winter rafting in New Zealand is an adventure like no other. The breathtaking scenery, the thrill of the rapids, and the sense of accomplishment all make this experience worthwhile. But did you know that the lessons learned on the river can also be applied to the office? The same principles that help you succeed on…

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How To Ensure You Have A Safe And Fun White Water Rafting Experience

Whitewater rafting is a thrilling and adventurous activity that is enjoyed by thousands around the world. Here in New Zealand, we have some of the best white water rafting you will find. The Kaituna River’s seven-metre-tall Tutea waterfall in Rotorua is particularly famous as one of the most exciting white-water rafting experiences in the world.…

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The Best White Water Rafting Locations In New Zealand

New Zealand is known for its beautiful landscapes and challenging whitewater rapids, making it a popular destination for rafting enthusiasts. There are several locations throughout the country that are considered the best for whitewater rafting, each offering a unique experience. Kaituna The Kaituna River is home to one of the best Rotorua activities – white…

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How Did White Water Rafting Come About?

  Of all the activities to do in Rotorua, white water rafting is definitely the most exciting and exhilarating. Nothing quite beats the adrenaline rush that comes from navigating a challenging course of rapids in a raft and sharing in the thrill with friends, family or colleagues. This inherently risky sport is so widespread nowadays…

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What To Bring On Your White Water Rafting Trip

  If you’re planning on joining us for a good time with some white water rafting in Rotorua, then there are a few basic preparations to remember and things that you should bring with you to ensure that you have the best experience possible. Let us take a look at what some of those things…

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Why You Should Take Your Team White Water Rafting This December

  If you’re looking for one of the most memorable Christmas functions ever, you can’t go wrong with a thrilling white water rafting experience that will not only be a ton of fun but will also serve as a great bonding experience for your team. At Kaituna Cascades, our awesome Okere Falls rafting base of…

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Is December The Perfect Time To Go Rafting?

  While we don’t usually go Rangitaiki river rafting in the summer months, Kaituna river rafting during the Christmas holiday and summer season is normally the best time. Many people do not realise that the time of year can significantly alter the rafting experience. While it is always fun, most people prefer the experience of…

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Rotorua five things to do for free

  Rotorua, New Zealand’s adventure heartland has plenty of places to visit where admission is free. Save your holiday dollars for the big things like Kaituna Cascades and enjoy exploring Rotorua’s free attractions. 1. OKERE FALLS TRACK Relish the chance to walk through native bush and wait for tiny fantails to dart beneath your feet…

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Why White Water Rafting is One of the Best Things to Do in Rotorua

  While Rotorua offers a plethora of exciting activities, white water rafting remains an exceptionally popular activity and is considered one of the best things to do in Rotorua. Rafting is loved by locals and visitors alike, with thousands taking to the Kaituna River each year to enjoy the thrill of going down rapids, as…

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Rotorua Activities Worth Experiencing

Rotorua is known for its natural beauty and wide range of exciting and beautiful things to do and see. One of the best Rotorua activities that you can take part in is the world-famous white-water rafting. This corner of the Bay of Plenty is filled with lush forests and raging rivers, as well as delightful…

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Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Rotorua

Most of us tend to get a little lazy when it rains and may want to curl up in bed with a good book or sit in front of the TV. But when you consider that it rains on average 8 to 10 days of the month in Rotorua and surrounding areas, you may need…

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A Bucket List of Epic Things to do in NZ

Whether you live in New Zealand or you’re just visiting, there are truly so many epic things to do here! New Zealand is a natural playground, and there is something for everybody. From rafting to snowboarding, NZ offers it all. As adventure enthusiasts, we have put together this bucket list of things to do in…

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Why Water Rafting Is A Good Choice For A Team Building Activity

When it comes to choosing an activity for your work function, office party, or team building event, there are certainly many options to choose from in and around Auckland. Many companies opt for things like wine tastings, fancy lunches, etc. But have you ever considered white water rafting? Water rafting near Auckland provides you with…

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Fun & Exciting Outdoor Things to Do in Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty covers a fairly large area and includes the popular towns of Tauranga, Kati Kati, Te Puke, and Rotorua. The Bay of Plenty area is truly a nature lover’s dream, and there are so many fun and exciting outdoor activities to partake in, no matter the season! Whether you are just visiting…

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Interesting Facts About The Tutea Waterfall In Rotorua

There is nothing better than taking in the beauty and power of a flowing waterfall. Tutea Falls is an extremely popular destination for both hikers and rafters visiting the Rotorua region. Just a short 25-minute drive from Rotorua, this astounding cascade fall is very beautiful and impressive. But what else do we know about it…

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What To Take & What Not to Take When Going White Water Rafting

  So you’ve booked your rafting session and you are counting down the days until it happens! But you are not entirely sure how to prepare yourself for the day, and what you should and shouldn’t bring with you. As rafting experts, we have compiled a list of some of the must-have items for your…

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6 Reasons Why Auckland White Water Rafting Is A Great Group Activity

  Whether you are a group of friends looking for something exciting to do, a family looking for a bonding activity over the holidays, or a corporate group wanting to partake in a team-building session near Auckland, white water rafting has a lot to offer and is definitely worth looking into. In this article, we’ll…

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How To Spend A Day In Rotorua

Looking to spend some time in Rotorua and make the most of what it has to offer? This geothermal paradise is one of New Zealand’s top tourist attractions, and for good reason. Rich in Maori culture, full of geothermal springs and full of freshwater rivers, there are lots of things to do in Rotorua, New…

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Things to do in Rotorua – Post Covid

Things to do in Rotorua – Post Covid Having been at various states of lockdown in New Zealand for most of 2020, it’s great to finally be back to Level One with the freedom to get out and about, exploring the awesome destinations across the country.   Everyone knows that Rotorua is one of the…

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Family Fun these School Holidays

Family Fun these School HolidaysSpring 2020 – The school holidays are on and everyone is keen to get outdoors and explore New Zealand. We have the best country in the world and have the best backyard full of national parks, beaches, Mountains and rivers to play with!!   It’s time to explore and have fun…

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Best Winter Activities in Rotorua

Best Winter Activities in RotoruaSummers in Rotorua are pleasantly warm which means you can enjoy doing any activity you want. What about the winters, though? What are the best winter activities to enjoy in Rotorua?   Just as in the rest of New Zealand, winter in Rotorua runs from June to August. You can expect…

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School Holiday Activities in Rotorua

School Holiday Activities in Rotorua Holidays are all about getting out, exploring, and trying new things! Rotorua boasts a lot of outdoor activities, heaps for the young (and the young at heart!). If your stuck for some awesome ideas of what to do in Rotorua these school holidays, check out our list below. White Water…

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Things to do in Rotorua

Things to do in RotoruaThe hardest thing about compiling a list of things to do in Rotorua is deciding what to leave out. There is simply so much to experience, to see, and to do that you’ll want to come back again and again. In fact, there are things to do in Rotorua for people…

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Top Activities in Rotorua New Zealand

Top Activities in Rotorua Bay of PlentyRotorua’s got it all – waterfalls, geothermal areas, hot springs, culture, unique forests, and some pretty delicious cuisine. We’ve put together a small list of essential ‘must do activities’. Make sure you don’t leave Rotorua until you have: Been down the world’s highest rafted waterfall Checked out the incredible…

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Top Waterfalls in Bay of Plenty

Top Waterfalls in Bay Of Plenty | North Island | New Zealand. Mclaren Falls Mclaren Falls is located just out of Tauranga. Unfortunately the river was dammed in the late 80s, but it’s recreationally released on 26 Sundays a year! Mclaren Falls is easily viewed from the car park, with camping available at Mclaren Falls…

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Top Day Hikes in Rotorua

Top day hikes | Rotorua | New Zealand. Okere Falls Scenic Reserve Located directly down from Kaituna Cascades The Okere Scenic Reserve Track offers a beautiful short walk showcasing the world famous 7m Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Stretch your legs and watch the rafts tumble over the falls, as the track…

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Things to do on a rainy day

Things to do on a rainy day | Rotorua | New Zealand.Rotorua | New Zealand Kerosene Creek Possibly the best free rainy day activity in Rotorua. Take a unique soak in a natural freshwater hot-spring fed river, and choose to sit under one of the two beautiful waterfalls while being surrounded by native bush. As…

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  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  fantastic outdoor group friendly and fun staff! we are group of 8 feeling refreshed after the tour! nice day out even with cyclone dovi looming in. all weather fun activity!... read more

    Sheelagh M
    February 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  We had such a great time on the river, stunning scenery and adventurous waterfalls, great guides ... thanks, very highly recommended!

    T9078NNhelenm
    June 18, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  Great day out! Lots of fun and adrenaline pumping. Great for groups of friends. Instructors were friendly and good fun. 🙂

    Mary_Gstar
    April 28, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  Incredible experience, we had an absolute blast! Would highly recommend. Huge shout out to our guide Bal who made the experience all the more enjoyable!

    Salma
    January 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  Was an awesome experience! Felt super safe and comfortable and will most definitely be doing it again!

    Whereisjess
    July 13, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  If you haven't ever white water rafted before, this is a must do. The whole experience was awesome from start to finish. Our guide, Blue, was so friendly and helpful,... read more

    Jackie D
    March 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  Our favorite part was the whole trip! We took our work social club from Auckland down to Rotorua for the day and this company was amazing at hosting us. We... read more

    Ekesas15
    May 23, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  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
    April 19, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  An exciting white water rafting experience in a beautiful native forest setting near Rotorua. Rob was a fun great guide.

    Chillybin
    January 1, 1970
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Blog  Amazing experience! 100% recommended. The guides have wonderful energy, they are professionals and with knowledge in this kind of activity. The team transmits the confidence from the beginning, even if... read more

    Lencymarin
    April 27, 2022
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