Rangitaiki River Rafting

Rangitaiki River Rafting


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Kaituna Cascades normally offers the Rangitaiki River Rafting Tours while the Kaituna river is flooded. Generally it’s low rocky and bouncy, but after the rains that close & flood the Kaituna river – the “Rangi” becomes and class 4/5 beast and a brown rollercoaster of fun!

The Rangitaiki is an awesome half day Wilderness rafting trip passing through spectacular NZ scenery and Native bush between the Kaiangaroa forest and the beautiful and untouched Te Urewera National Park.

The Rangi is the complete rafting package with continuous and hard whitewater at the start of the river, with larger rapids like Geoff’s Joy, Fantail Falls, Pop Up, and Tautika getting ya pumped up and holding on tight…

Then chilling out in the middle with a nice quiet flat stretch, ideal for swimming and floating followed by fun grade 3+ rapids through to the finish.

Once you’ve rafted the epic 12 km’s !! of whitewater – we’ll cruise back to Rotorua!

No prior experience is necessary as you will be given full and comprehensive training and accompanied by a highly experienced guide. All you need is a reasonable level of fitness, a sense of fun and adventure, swimwear and a towel.

This is a half day tour so we recommend bringing a packed lunch and drinks for the day!

Also please note – This is an exciting grade 4+ 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.

Check in Time

9.30am on demand only - Please contact us to book a trip! This trip needs 6 clients to go ahead.


Awesome half day Wilderness rafting trip. Please allow about 5 hours.


Year round subject to river flows.


The Rangitaiki River is located in Murupara. We will pick you up from your Rotorua accommodation.



We Provide

The best guides on the river, custom built rafts, wetsuits, helmets, lifejackets, paddles, fleece tops, wetsuit booties, and splash jackets.

Price Includes

Transport from your accommodation in Rotorua (or specified meeting point).

What to bring

Swimwear, Shorts, Towel & a sense of adventure! A PACKED LUNCH & DRINKS, We are GoPro friendly, feel free to bring yours along. Please bring a chest harness for your GoPro.

Minimum Numbers

This trip needs 6 clients to go ahead.


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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  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
  • star rating  Amazing experience with Kaituna Cascades team. You guys are the best. Me and my friends came from Auckland to celebrate my birthday. Even if we came late, they welcomed us.... read more

    May 28, 2021
  • star rating  fantastic outdoor group friendly and fun staff! we are group of 8 feeling refreshed after the tour! nice day out even with cyclone dovi looming in. all weather fun activity!... read more

    Sheelagh M
    February 1, 2022
  • star rating  Heaps of fun! Went with my 15 year old son. Contemplated going back for the afternoon booking but will wait for other family to join us next time. Always... read more

    Amber J
    January 1, 1970
  • star rating  Epic! Blue & the team were awesome, top rated trip and amazing experience! They really looked after after us and gave us a trip to remember. Experienced team, all real... read more

    Irene M
    February 1, 2022
  • star rating  We had Pete as our guide and we had an amazing time. The rafting experience was amazing and would highly recommend doing it whenever you are in the area. You... read more

    Johnny L
    June 28, 2022
  • star rating  This was an extremely fun activity!! My biggest fear was that the water was going to be too cold but that wasn't the case. And even the wetsuits provided were... read more

    May 8, 2022
  • star rating  Cole and the team were really great. 3rd time doing it. Will be back for more. The instructor made the experience one to remember!

    March 20, 2022
  • star rating  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
  • star rating  What an amazing experience we had today with the team at kaituna cascades. We are still buzzing from our grade 5 white water rafting experience. We took our teens... read more

    April 19, 2021
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