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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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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

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

If you read no further than the first line the take home message is: amazing rafting trip with brilliant staff well worth every penny. We booked a kaituna trip for a Tuesday morning; we were fortunate to be the only ones on the trip that...More

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 19 June 2017

I mean... what can I say? The team running this place is super experienced, lovely and with a great sense of humor. They took such good care of us. And the river itself and the journey from beginning to end was so beautiful and fun!...More

Thank Steven P
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

My family and I recently went on the Rangitaiki river trip, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide, Neville, was extremely professional and made us all feel very safe and comfortable. Definitely worth the money, and can't wait to do it again!

Thank lpooluk
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

We were originally booked on the Kaituna trip but due to heavy flows it wasn't running and we were offered the Rangataiki instead. This is a longer trip, usually grade 3-4, but with the higher water levels it was more like 4-5. Guides gave us...More

Thank Leon B
RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Thanks for your review. It gave us all a laugh this morning. Its always special when you get to see an endangered species.

Reviewed 20 April 2017

Choose River Rats! As is the case with many activities like this, your experience is heavily influenced by your guides. You can go down the same river with 3 companies and have 3 totally different experiences. Lucky for us, all the guides were great! Hope...More

2  Thank Morgan J
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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