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  Awesome day out with all the guides playing a part. Sam Pete and rob all fantastic. Will definitely be back! Can’t recommend highly enouhj

    Nik swain
    August 13, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  This was my first time rafting and it was a grade 5 as well. I was so happy to go with this company. The staff were so friendly, cheerful and... read more

    January 1, 1970
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  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 - Frequently Asked Questions  Fantastic trip for our mixed family group of all ages - such good fun, great guides, gear and experience. Highly recommended

    April 23, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  So much fun. Guides were excellent. We felt safe while still experiencing the thrills of going over 2 waterfalls and in rapids. Beautiful setting and great pics. Definitely a must do

    April 20, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  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

    May 20, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  Amazing experience. We were pretty nervous since we were complete beginners and also the weather was really cold (came in winter June 2022). They provided wetsuits and other gear which... read more

    June 15, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  The river was so fun- the instructors were amazing and it was a great experience. The instructors knew what they were doing and made the whole experience very fun.

    April 27, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  Don't bother looking at other companies, just do yourself a favour and book with Kaituna Cascades. I have rafted the Kaituna with this company twice now, 10 years apart. Both... read more

    May 8, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Frequently Asked Questions  Awesome experience, our guide was amazing and very funny!! Lots of laughs and thrills going down the waterfall.

    April 25, 2021
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