WHERE TO FIND US
River Rats rafting trips are located on spectacular scenic rivers dotted around the Rotorua region, easily accessible by main roads in Central North Island, New Zealand. Here are some directions to help you find the location of River Rats rafting trips:
KAITUNA RIVER (GRADE 5)
Meet at River Rats Base at Hangar 14s, Rotorua Airport, 837 Te Ngae Road, Rotorua
10 minutes north east of Rotorua on State Highway 30 turn into Rotorua Airport, take the first left to the end, go around the corner and you will see a big baby blue hangar. If you prefer, we offer a complimentary pick up from central Rotorua.
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude -38 02 45 Longitude 176 19 48
WAIROA RIVER (GRADE 5)
The Wairoa only operates 26 days a year so we do not maintain a permanent base. Meet in the paddock at the bottom of Ruahihi Road near the Ruahihi Power Station.
RANGITAIKI RIVER (GRADE 3 – 4), RANGITAIKI SCENIC TRIP (GRADE 2)
Meet at the Murupara Motorcamp 963 State Highway 38 in Murupara,
Directions From Rotorua: 20 – 25 minutes South of Rotorua on State Highway 5 turn left onto State Highway 38. Travel along SH 38 for 20 – 25 minutes. Shortly after passing the welcome to Murupara sign you will cross over the Rangitaiki River. The Murupara Campground entrance is in the small side street around 50 metres after the bridge. If you prefer, we offer a complimentary pick up from central Rotorua.
Directions From Taupo: 35 – 40 minutes North of Taupo on State Highway 5 turn right onto State Highway 38. Travel along SH 38 for 20 – 25 minutes. Shortly after passing the Welcome to Murupara sign you will cross over the Rangitaiki River. The Murupara Campground entrance is in the small side street around 50 metres after the bridge.
TONGARIRO RIVER (GRADE 3)
Meet at River Rats base at the Tongariro River Rafting Centre in Atirau Road, Turangi.
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