Rafting New Zealand – Tongariro White Water
Ride rapids through an awesomely beautiful and untouched natural volcanic gorge.
A unique blend of fun, excitement, adrenaline, education and culture is what you’ll receive with our Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3 Adventure. Experience authentic Maori myths and legends shared by professional New Zealand guides that have a special connection to them. Witness some of the world’s most pristine environments from crystal clear waters to native flora and fauna. As well as the chance to see one of New Zealand’s most endangered birds in its natural environment – the Whio (or, Blue duck) – famous for its ‘whistle’, rather than ‘quack’.
Enjoy on-river snacks and an optional cliff-jump for those feeling confident.
Let’s not forget the rapids! There’s over 60 of them during our 14km (8 mile) journey. They each have a story our guides will share with you as you rock-and-roll down the river, bouncing off of canyon walls and over boulders in this natural adventure playground we call home.
From our river base in Turangi, near the Tongariro National Park and only 40 minutes drive from Taupo township, our Tongariro White Water Grade 3 Adventure is the best rafting experience in the North Island.
Afterwards, refuel with a complimentary drink, and a hot dog while viewing photos from the trip you can also purchase.
This is a 4 hour trip with 2 to 2 1/2 hours on the water. All on-river gear is provided and you will receive a full safety briefing.
Grade 3 Rapids: there are six categories of river rapids. On a grade 3 trip you can expect rapids with moderate, irregular waves and fast current.
Hot chocolate and snacks are provided during the trip, and hot showers and drinks are provided after.
Minimum age for our grade 3 trip is 10 years. Children over 10 but under 13 must be accompanied 1:1 with an adult.
Departs: year-round – twice daily in summer, once daily in winter.
Price: Adult from $99, Child from $99
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Tongariro Family Fun
Suitable for ages 3 and up, our Tongariro Family Fun is rafting experience for people wanting a safe, intimate introduction to white water rafting. The 8km (5 mile) journey is perfect for families with young children or those that are not very water-confident.
The entire Tongariro Family Fun white water rafting adventure is ‘hands-on’ and engaging; it so unique that you will think you are miles away from civilization while riding a series of 20+ rapids – with our professional raft guides ensuring everyone is enjoying themselves with authentic Maori myths and legends unique to this part of the country, fun, laughter, water education, safety tips and expert trivia about the fragile Tongariro environment.
The Tongariro Family Fun Adventure also includes a visit to the Tongariro National Trout Centre where you can feed the Trout and enjoy snacks provided. Plus, an optional cliff-jumping and swimming in the river is also offered to those that are feeling confident, all within a safely-monitored environment.
We have been offering rafting to students of all ages from all over the world for over 25 years. Dozens of schools and youth groups return year after year for exciting, fun-filled school trips and group tours this is a testament to the value and quality Rafting New Zealand provide.
We offer the above Grade 2 trip, a Grade 1 float trip, or a Grade 3 adventure.
Some examples of activities we can provide on the river include:
- Stream Crossing (Team work and leadership)
- Throw Bag rescuing (River rescue skills)
- Self Guiding Challenges (Team work and leadership)
- Raft Race Challenge ( Team work and leadership)
- Re writing a flipped boat (Team work and river rescue skills)
Please contact us directly for more information on what we can offer for school experiences or download our info sheet here >>