Eco Tourism



As the original rafting company on the Kaituna River, we strive to act sustainably while providing a safe and entertaining rafting experience for our manuhiri (guests).

Backing onto the river and surrounded by the Okere Scenic Reserve we aim to respect, protect, and restore the ecological and cultural resources in which we operate.  

That’s why in 2022 we teamed up with and become a member of the Rotorua Sustainable Charter to help us in our journey to become an industry leader in keeping our workplace, local community and country a better place to work, live and play.

What matters to us?

People (staff & customers).  The safety and wellbeing of our staff and customers is paramount to us.  We will support our community and aim to share our sustainability journey to encourage everyone to adopt sustainable practices in their own lives.   

Restoring Nature.  We will focus on our pest control operations and continue to support the work of Predator Free Okere Falls.  Restoration of the native vegetation around our rafting base will be an ongoing project with removal of invasive species and planting of natives.

Responsible Waste Management.  Our goal is to reduce waste to landfill which we will achieve by focusing on sustainable supply chain practices and continuing to educate our staff and our customers on best practice.    

Reducing Energy and Emissions.  We will measure our carbon emissions and work to reduce these over time, and in the near future aim to be carbon positive! We will look for further opportunities to reduce our energy usage and find greener alternatives.

Measuring.  We will start to measure our impacts to better understand the causes and to track our progress.  


We Love New Zealand and want to keep it clean green & beautiful – if you’d love to help check out this link to the “Tiaki Promise” which has heaps of info and tips for travelers and locals alike. Happy travels !!

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Eco tourism & conservation are really important to us here at Kaituna Cascades – we are always looking to make meaningful changes at our rafting base to lessen our impact and environmental footprint . We use an eco-friendly homemade disinfectant, recyclable cups, and have been busy clearing all the invasive plants that have crept onto the property over the years. They are now cleared and we have been planting native trees and plants to increase the food source for our local native birds. Click here to see what we have been up to at our base!

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Predators Trapped at Kaituna Cascades

Total = 259


2024 so far = 57

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Native trees planted around the rafting base



Last count – 25/03/2024

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Diverted from Landfill Since Sept 2023

254.65 kg’s !


Last count – 5/06/2024

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Watch this space for Carbon updates 2024



Last count – 25/03/2024

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  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  Awesome experience, our guide was amazing and very funny!! Lots of laughs and thrills going down the waterfall.

    April 25, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  What an amazing experience. Highly recommend to do it, what a rush.
    Best part was the whole trip!! Hehehe
    Blue and Pete were amazing who guided us throughout.… read more

    May 28, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  Had awesome time on the river for the first time. Hamish was down to earth guide who made sure we had a great experience. Thank you so much Hamish and… read more

    April 20, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  Such a rad experience!! Wife booked us with the son-in-law and we were both super stoked all the way through.
    Can’t recommend highly enough the team at Okere Falls.
    Pete… read more

    July 2, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  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 - Eco Tourism  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 - Eco Tourism  It was a sunny but cold winter day when me and a mate decided to do the whitewater rafting on the Kaituna River. I had done the Grade 3-4 Rangitaiki… read more

    June 25, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  Absolutely amazing! So much fun, kids said it was the best time ever! Very professional, highly recommend.

    April 27, 2021
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  Top notch company delivering an amazing experience!! Guides made it fun and kept us laughing, while ensuring you safe at all times! Want to do it again!!

    September 26, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  Great fun..!! Start to finish, it was an amazing experience. Hamish (hope i spelled it right or atleast close enough) was so fun not only ensured our safety but also… read more

    January 1, 1970
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