Taupo, North Island

A unique blend of fun, excitement, adrenaline, education and culture is what you’ll receive with our Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3 Adventure.

Raft the Tongariro with Rafting New Zealand!

We raft over 60 rapids during our 14km (8 mile) journey.

Tongariro white water rafting - New Zealand

Ride rapids through an awesomely beautiful and untouched natural volcanic gorge.

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.

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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.

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School Groups

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 >>
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New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
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