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!

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.


13+ years. NOT SUITABLE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN. Recommended maximum weight is 120kgs - must be fit and healthy.

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  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 1, 2022
  • star rating  The team is warm and friendly. We had three 11 years old boys. They all had great fun. Don't worry, you can definitely do it in the winter. They provide... read more

    July 15, 2021
  • star rating  As soon as we showed up the staff were super friendly and chilled. The Changing rooms and equipment are really clean.
    We had a quick tutorial of what to do... read more

    July 11, 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  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
  • star rating  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
  • star rating  Absolutely amazing experience! As soon as I finished I wanted to go again! The guides did a good job explaining everything and made it safe, enjoyable, and informative about the... read more

    September 10, 2022
  • star rating  An exciting white water rafting experience in a beautiful native forest setting near Rotorua. Rob was a fun great guide.

    April 12, 2022
  • star rating  I had the most amazing time with these guys, from welcome to exit. Eoin was such a great coach and explained everything to keep us safe (+1 for the beautiful... read more

    July 1, 2021
  • star rating  What a blast!!! Soooo much better than I had expected...stunningly beautiful scenic gorge...Yes Sam..."GORGE"OUS!!!!!...the rappids ..Thrilling...and we were in good hands with our guide Sam the man... read more

    May 19, 2021
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