Kaituna River Rafting

Kaituna River Rafting


Join us for one of the most unique and beautiful whitewater rafting experiences on earth!
The famous Kaituna River is a rafters dream – a 50 minute action packed ride down 11 wild rapids, 3 epic waterfalls – One of which is the highest rafted waterfall in the world. All of this in a deep, usually warm water jungle canyon!

All this with our legendary guides & you’ve got yourself the perfect day out!

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Kaituna River Rafting in Rotorua

White Water Rafting Rotorua

Join the Original Kaituna Rafting Company for an unbeatable grade 5 white-water experience on one of New Zealand’s most exciting and beautiful rivers!

Experience the thrills and spills of the mighty Kaituna River as we take on the world famous 7 meter Tutea Falls, the highest commercially rafted waterfall.

Together with your expert guide, your team will enjoy a 50 minute action packed ride down 14 epic rapids in a tight and twisting warm water jungle canyon.

This is a white water enthusiasts dream and is a must do for adrenaline junkies and 1st time rafters alike!

No prior experience is necessary as you will be given full and comprehensive training.

All you need is a reasonable level of fitness, a sense of fun and adventure, swimwear and a towel.

Come Join us and our awesome crew!

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The Kaituna River

The Kaituna River is famous the world over for its white-water rafting and kayaking rapids, with people travelling from Auckland and further afield every day to experience the thrills. However, there is much more to this stunning river, too.

The river runs for 45km from Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti, eventually opening up in the Bay of Plenty. Almost every stretch of the river is stunning, particularly the upper section that is commonly referred to as the Okere River. It offers fantastic views with an abundance of natural wildlife.

As for rafting and kayaking, it is paradise on earth. Whether heading into one of the fastest moving sections of the river or down Tutea or Okere Falls, rafting here is an experience like no other. Plus, with our excellent guides, you don’t need any experience.

We often say that the Kaituna River offers the best white water rafting experience anywhere near the Auckland area. That statement doesn’t even do these rapids justice, though, as you’d be hard-pressed to find a better white water rafting experience anywhere in the country.

So, your search for white water rafting in Auckland is over – start planning your trip to Rotorua today.

Check in Time

Daily at 9am, 11:45am and 2.30pm. (We also offer a 4:30pm tour in the summer months - self drive only!)


A 50 minute action packed ride down 14 epic rapids and the worlds highest rafted waterfall. Allow 2.5 hours in total.


All year! - Warm water in the summer and cooler in the winter (more gear provided).


18 Okere Falls Road, Okere Falls 3074, Rotorua, New Zealand. Our base is located on the banks of the Kaituna River and there are no long bus rides or waiting around in wet suits! Arrive early and take a stroll down the beautiful Okere Falls Scenic Reserve walking track. With multiple viewing platforms of the river, and its many waterfalls, it’s the perfect pre-rafting activity!


Grade 5 rafting trip 13+ years - Grade 3 option available for 10 - 12 year olds at $70pp. NOT SUITABLE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN. Recommended maximum weight is 120kgs - must be fit and healthy.

We Provide

The most entertaining & fun guides to be on the river with (and safest.), custom built rafts, wet suits, helmets, life jackets, paddles, warm fleece tops, wet suit booties and splash jackets. There is also heaps of off street parking - a volleyball net, loads of picnic tables and a pet goat !

Price Includes

Includes free shuttle to and from Rotorua - Bookings essential.

What to bring

Swimwear, Shorts, Towel & a sense of adventure! We are GoPro friendly so feel free to bring yours along with a chest harness attachment.

Minimum Numbers

No Minimum


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