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.  

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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 = 237


2024 so far = 29

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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

193.85 kg’s !


Last count – 25/03/2024

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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  Had a great time doing this. 2nd time on the River, but first for my Partner who isn't the biggest fan of deep moving water etc. But she had a... read more

    April 10, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  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 - Eco Tourism  Best you could do in Rotorua if you had to pick just one activity! Packed with action and scenic view. The best part, other than dropping down from the water... read more

    Jerry L
    February 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  Absolutely amazing! Our first time rafting, Hamish and the team were brilliant, kept us safe, entertained and smiling from the moment we arrived. They made sire we all had an... read more

    September 18, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  Lifetime water adventure experience ever, Thanks to the Kaituna Cascades team and specially to Hamish who was very encouraging and cooperative. I could do it because of you

    May 14, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  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 - Eco Tourism  Professional team had a super fun time and felt safe and looked out for. Would highly recommend this company. Will be coming back for another ride.

    Annemaree R
    April 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  An absolutely fantastic activity for the whole family. The staff were so helpful and encouraging. They made sure that everyone had fun. A great combination of thrills and relaxing moments,... read more

    Georgia T
    January 1, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  An amazing afternoon with Ben at the helm. The staff were all amazing, friendly and very professional with many laughs.
    An absolute fun and challenging couple of hours.
    Would also... read more

    March 22, 2022
  • tripadvisor stars 5 - Eco Tourism  Brilliant trip in the river and brilliant guide! Friendly and helpful staff. Our first rafting but the guide made us relax. It was an impressive adventure

    April 18, 2021
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