Frequently Asked Questions

On our Grade 5 rafting trips you must be 13+ years or older – There is also a half river Grade 3 option available for 10 – 12 year old’s at $80pp.

There is no maximum age however you must be fit, healthy, active and flexible with no major health issues.


Also please note – This is an exciting GRADE 5 RAFTING EXPERIENCE and is NOT SUITED FOR OLDER OR BIGGER PEOPLE, or people that aren’t comfortable in the water. We have a weight limit of 120 kgs. There is no minimum weight limit

People must be fit and healthy.

Rafting in the rain is the best wet weather activity ever – Your gonna get wet anyways!

The Kaituna River drains the two big lakes in the area, Rotorua and Rotoiti & is dam controlled at the source. This means the flows are regulated and man controlled so even after hard rain the river will normally still be the same flow (the lakes just fill up a bit…).

In the event of a flood – we will contact everyone and 100% refunds are given.

See you here singing in the rain

You just need to bring your swimwear, shorts, and a towel. We will provide you with the rest of the gear which will include wetsuits, fleece tops, wetsuit booties, and splash jackets depending on the weather conditions. Our life jackets, helmets, and paddles are the best you can buy and are are provided to everyone.

We also rent/sell the following

We also rent towels for $5
GoPro strap rental – $5
And you can buy Glasser straps to keep for $5 also
Digital Photo’s of your tour – $40

No experience on your part is necessary as full and comprehensive training will be given. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness, and a sense of adventure.

Ideally you will know how to swim, but it’s not necessary. Our life jackets are also to the highest industry standard.

A professional photographer will be taking photos along the way, and photos are available by the raft full for an additional charge. We are GoPro friendly, if you have one feel free to bring it along. Please bring a chest mount or alternatively we have a limited few chest mounts at our base to rent out.

Kaituna Cascades is located right next to the Okere Falls scenic reserve and the Okere Falls walking track. Stretch your legs and watch the rafts tumble over the falls. You can walk with our photographer to the two viewing platforms before walking back to our base. The walk will take you around 30 minutes.

Kaituna Cascades designs and hand builds custom rafts specifically for running the big waterfalls on the Kaituna. All our rafts are self bailers with three thwarts and, exclusively to us, we had handles built into the floor to help us keep you safely in the raft.

Yes, we have many different types of bookings for each tour ranging from bookings for 1 person to group bookings. You will be in a raft with up to 6 others and have plenty of opportunity to make new friends.

We are taking all precautionary safety measures to give you a safe (and amazing) trip down our iconic Kaituna River, Wairoa & Rangitaiki Rivers. However River Rafting is an adventure activity with a degree of risk which increases with the grade of rapids. Rafts can capsize, and people may fall out of the raft in fast flowing & violent water, people may be injured.

The Kaituna & Wairoa River’s are class 5 rivers and both have waterfalls and hard rapids.
Grade 5 = Very difficult rapids, High-powerful-irregular waves, difficult to negotiate, the extreme for commercial operations. This said – The Kaituna river is an amazing river & is normally good for most fit and healthy people”

Also please note – This is an exciting GRADE 5 RAFTING EXPERIENCE and is NOT SUITED FOR OLDER OR BIGGER PEOPLE, or people that aren’t comfortable in the water. We have a weight limit of 120 kgs.


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  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  Cole is the man!! Everyone was lovely, the rafting was super fun, loved the historical backgrounds too.

    Taylor S
    February 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  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

    July 15, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  Such an amazing crew at Kaituna Cascades, high quality equipment and very professional and personable guides. They provide everything you need, you only need to bring a towel!
    I... read more

    May 20, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  Awesome experience, definitely recommend it to any adventure-seekers! Crew was instructive and made the trip fun and interactive.

    rona p
    January 1, 1970
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  Absolutely fantastic experience with funny, friendly guys. A must do! We are 68 & 70 yo & they really looked after us. Thanks & we'll see you again.

    February 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  Fantastic crew, everyone was really fun and made the whole experience awesome. Felt safe the whole time. Water was 23 degrees too which was a bonus. 10/10 would do again.

    February 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  Loved the experience! First timer going down the falls. Instructors are awesome! Super helpful and polite. Highly recommend this place! Looking forward to visit again! (P.s shout out Cole ;))

    Ezra Ngakuru
    January 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  10/10 experience - definitely get your money’s worth. Hayley, our guide, was super patient and made our experience that much better. Can’t wait to come back!

    January 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  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 - Frequently Asked Questions  A fantastic activity ! The guys working at Kaituna Cascades are super friendly and made the trip so worthwhile! Would highly recommend this to everyone to do, the gear is... read more

    April 18, 2021
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