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!

Cheers for supporting local tourism

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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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, spills, and adventure activities in Rotorua 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.

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

Come Join us for the rainy day and water activities in Rotorua!

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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 Rotorua rafting waterfall experience anywhere in the country.

So, your search for white water rafting in Auckland is over – start planning your adventures 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 2hours 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 "Youth" option. NOT SUITABLE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN or THOSE WITH HEART CONDITIONS. MAXIMUN 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 free off street parking - a volleyball net, loads of picnic tables and chill areas - with access to the river !

Price Includes

Includes shuttle to and from Rotorua - Bookings essential.

What to bring

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

Minimum Numbers

No Minimum


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Health & Safety

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”


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  • star rating  Thoroughly recommend this company for an amazing adventure on the Kaituna river. Even though I was too nervous to do the waterfall, Blue made me feel very welcome and our... read more

    January 1, 2022
  • star rating  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
  • star rating  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
  • star rating  Bluey and the boys were awesome! Hands down a great experience with friendly and very capable guides. Lots of laughs and thrills! Can’t wait to get back on the water... read more

    July 9, 2022
  • star rating  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
  • star rating  Amazing team, with lots of experience. Managed to juggle timings with us as our plans were disrupted, and still get us a great run down the river. I can recommend... read more

    June 27, 2022
  • star rating  Brilliant experience, great tour guides with a awesome sense of humor and make the trip rememberable

    Katie Holmes
    February 1, 2022
  • star rating  Awsome people hole lot of fun highly recommended, they have you having fun with a good laugh. Would defensive go back.

    April 21, 2021
  • star rating  We had a really fun time on the river with the guys, they were friendly and gave some interesting information/history about the river

    June 23, 2022
  • star rating  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
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