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River Rats Raft & Kayak

837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall. Kayaking is available as freedom hire or a guided tour. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim only accessible by boat.
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“big drop” (11 reviews)
“grade rapids” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
+64 7-345 6543
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an amazing rafting experience. Josh and Adam were both professional and entertaining. Rafted the Rangitaiki which is normally a grade 3 but due to high water levels (8.5 meters) was at a grade 5 level. The rapids were challenging but we felt safe the...More

Thank shanil p
Reviewed 1 week ago

Water levels were too high for the Kaituna, so I was re-booked for no additional charge on the Rangaitaki half-day trip. What an adventure! The river is no longer commercially raftable at 10 meters and it was at 9.6 meters on the day we rafted....More

Thank J F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The whole team at River Rats were not only welcoming but an absolute ton of fun and laughs. Safety is their number one priority and this was demonstrated throughout the entire day. Adam was our guide and we were lucky enough to have him. Josh...More

Thank illume87
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a rush. Awesome adventure, and the guides are amazing. Plenty of action. Adam did an amazing job as our guide and catered well to the crew. Letting the wild ones jump in halfway, and reassuring the less adventurous it was all going to be...More

Thank Kane F
Reviewed 9 September 2017

My 71yr old Mom and I took this trip a few days ago (at her request) and had an amazing time. We originally wanted to book the Kaituna Falls trip, bit but due to the weather, we had to re-route. In return, we got twice...More

Thank Rosey S
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We went rafting in May that means the rivers are full and there is a stronger current as in summer. It also means that some of the river are to dangerous for beginners and we could just choose one river. Normally it is a river...More

Thank Kenneth S
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Great trip, picked up from the hanger and kitted out with everything needed to keep dry and warm including dry sacks for our stuff. Great instruciton on how to kayak and steer across the lake. Arrived at a secluded private beach on the opposite side...More

Thank Laurenrhayes
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Picked up at hotel and taken to River Rats HQ for safety briefing and changing into wetsuits. More safety briefings on 20min drive to river. 2 rafts of 4 plus guide launched. After guide in kayak as support and a photographer on shore. There's a...More

Thank NeilandSal2017
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We had a great time rafting today with Ricky. He was a great guide and obviously very experienced and knowledgeable. Couldn't fault the trip. Thanks.

Thank Mel C
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

We were very lucky to have such a nice day to do this trip, and honestly I couldn't have asked for more. Such a brilliant river, with beautiful drops and trees around. My girlfriend was very tentative about this trip, as she isn't a big...More

Thank Jewell1995
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May O
24 October 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
Hi, you can wear sandals but we do have wetsuit boots available if you want. Thanks Justin
24 September 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
The Twilight Kayak is a sea kayak trip on Lake Rotoiti. The trip is generally pretty placid but this does depend on wind. The White Rafting is in a raft on a river with rapids. The difficulty of the trip varies with the... More
Linda T
9 September 2016|
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Response from RiverRatNZ | Property representative |
Apologies for the delay in replying. For some reason we did not receive a question alert. The Kaituna River trip is about 2.2km long. The trip takes around 50 minutes on the river. All up you need to allow around 2 - 2 1/2... More