While Rotorua offers a plethora of exciting activities, white water rafting remains an exceptionally popular activity and is considered one of the best things to do in Rotorua. Rafting is loved by locals and visitors alike, with thousands taking to the Kaituna River each year to enjoy the thrill of going down rapids, as well as enjoying some of the incredible jungle scenery.
In this article, we’ll look at a few of the reasons for rafting’s popularity in Rotorua.
A Rich History
Did you know that white water rafting was one of Rotorua’s first-ever adventure activities? Rafting in the area began back in the 80s, so the activity has a long, rich history in the area— holding it in high esteem.
Home to the World’s Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall
Yes, you heard that right. Rotorua is home to the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. The waterfall is named Tutea Falls, located on Kaituna River, and is 7 metres high! Rafting down these falls makes for a truly exhilarating experience that is a bucket-list item for many rafting enthusiasts around the world.
The natural areas surrounding Rotorua are absolutely stunning, so as you raft down the river, you get to enjoy the natural beauty of this part of New Zealand.
Many Different Rivers
The Rotorua area offers many different rivers that are suitable for white river rafting, including Kaituna, Rangitaiki, and Wairoa. These rivers are all different grades and have different levels of difficulty. There is truly something for everyone, and there is certainly beauty in diversity.
Raft All Year Round
Unlike other international rafting destinations, it is possible to raft in Rotorua all year round. Even in winter, when you expect it to be too cold, rafting can be a highly enjoyable activity. The rivers are fast-flowing and never run dry.
Many rafting packages on the Kaituna River include the activity at Hell’s Gate, which are warm, geothermal pools that are ideal for relaxing after a long day of white river rafting.
Want to experience one of the best things to do in Rotorua? Ready to book your white water rafting trip on the Kaituna River? Get in touch with the friendly and professional team at Kaituna Cascades today! We have a variety of different rafting packages available, and we would love to show you what Kaituna River has to offer for the adventure seeker.