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Address: 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-345 6543
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07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s...

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 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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Great Experience!

Very professional team! From booking, through to safety briefing, getting geared up at their awesome HUGE base, to our humorous guide on the water and the photographer snapping... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
donnineashleanz
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very professional team! From booking, through to safety briefing, getting geared up at their awesome HUGE base, to our humorous guide on the water and the photographer snapping some hilarious shots along the way. Great run for a beginner, not too scary, very scenic, just two parts that push you out of your comfort zone but so much fun!

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Thank donnineashleanz
Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Day 19 - 2017-01-15 (Sunday) - White Water Rafting with River Rats Raft & Kayak We have a whale of a time rafting down the Katuna River (which boasts the world's highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall of 7 m, which is graded 5). Our guide Andrew is so experienced and friendly. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Everything he said is accurate! We just need to follow... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

i was on my honeymoon to New Zealand and happen to do the river rats river rafting in Rotorua.. i should tell you it was one of the most amazing experiences for me and my wife.. we also happen to jump off a cliff in the river.. and we were with Rick.. he is an awesome guy to be with..... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed this experience with my 13 year old son. So awesome and everyone was so helpful and good fun.

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Thank Ingrid L
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The white water rafting in Kaituna river was absolutely incredible! It was a pure adrenaline rush which made us feel truly alive and grateful for this amazing experience. From the beginning till the end it was an awesome adventure. Our guide Josh was superb. He and other guides were fun and ensured that everyone was having the best trip possible.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were the oldest rafters (in our 50s) and definitely not the fittest but what a fantastic experience! Safety was a priority as well as fun and even though we flipped our raft on the 7m drop we weren't too concerned. You go in a group of rafts plus another crew guy in a kyack so there's... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The kaituna grade 5 rafting trip was amazing. Going over the 7m falls wasnt as full on as I expected it to be. There are two major falls, the smaller being around 3m. Thr guides were great. The boat didn't tip over but we got plenty wet and enjoyed it. Water temperature much better than other rivers in NZ. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm generally not an avid adventure seeker but more of an 'along for the ride' type. I've rafted class 3 and 4 rapids before so went into this thinking it would be similar to past experiences but I was so wrong - it was way better and far exceeded my expectations! Our guide was very knowledgeable and experienced which made... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had yet another amazing adventure today. Great experience with this team of experts. Our guide was awesome, thanks Mike. He read our family well and ensured we all had a great experience with loads of professionalism but fun at the same time. Felt safe the entire time, got some raft time and swim time! Well done to a great team.... More 

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Thank Jan C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great company and guides we had a ball on the white water rafting and sledging. They are very safety conscious and really taking care of you. Do yourself a favour and do it.

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