Kaituna River - Grade 5

Kaituna Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak
Kaituna Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak Kaituna Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak
Kaituna Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak Kaituna Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak
Kaituna Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak Kaituna Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak

Awesome. Get Wet, Get Wild!

"Most Exhilarating Ride of Our Lives" - Nicole C, Tripadvisor

The River Rats Kaituna Waterfall Experience will see you paddling through the pristine heart of the best rafting region in New Zealand – Okere, Rotorua. This spectacular 2.0 - 2.5 hour experience provides all the gear you need, initial training and around 50mins on the water. Enjoy a thrilling mix of dropping down three waterfalls, pushing through 14 rushing rapids and paddling through calm waters of recovery where you can look back in awe at what you have achieved.

The Kaituna Waterfall Experience is suitable for many ages and stages from nature lovers to adventurous first timers (13 years and over) and total thrill seekers. Soak up the calm peacefulness of the lush native bush surrounding the Kaituna River and realise what 100% Pure New Zealand really means. You will appreciate the warmer waters of the North Island as the water splashes over the raft while you take on the rapids with your expert guide.

The area is steeped in Māori history and you will learn about the history and caves where the women and children were hidden and then later used as the burial ground for Chief Tutea – hence the naming of the mighty waterfall the Tutea Falls.

The World's Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall

The Tutea Falls on Kaituna (Okere) River, Rotorua is the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall at an almighty 7 meters. There is plenty of time to build up anticipation and practice your newly acquired skills in the rapids and two smaller waterfalls before the big drop.
On average around 1 boat in 20 will flip upside down at the bottom of the big waterfall, however all the major rapids are followed by calm water, so there is time to get the boat back upright and get everyone back in.
Safety is paramount and our expert guides have been riding these rapids for many years and they still love every minute of this thrilling experience!

The Kaituna Waterfall Experience – Paddle forth and Conquer!

Meet us at our base Hangar 14s, Rotorua Airport, 837 Te Ngae Road, Roturua or arrange for our shuttle to pick you up from your central Rotorua accommodation.

  • Trips are subject to minimum numbers, water levels and weather conditions.
  • Suitable for all active people 13 years and over.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Around 15 – 20 minutes of training is provided prior to the trip teaching all the required paddle commands and safety information.
  • Professional photographs are taken of each River Rats rafting trip and the Kaituna Grade 5.
  • Recommended minimum weight limit 40kg, Recommended maximum weight limit 125kg.
  • Large groups can be taken by arrangement - please contact us for details.
  • $NZ129.00 per person (valid till 30 September 2021)
  • Complimentary pick up is available from central Rotorua accommodation approximately half an hour before the trip.
  • 45 to 50 minutes on the water, allow around 2 to 2 1/2 hours from the start time at base or around 3 hours including Rotorua transfer
More Information

We provide:

  • Safety Helmets
  • Lifejackets
  • Wetsuits
  • Polar Fleece Tops (weather dependent)
  • Spray jackets (weather dependent)
  • Wetsuit Booties

You need:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel

To book within 24 hours of trip date please call 0800 333 900

MAIN PHONE: +64 7 345 6543
HEAD OFFICE: Hangar 14s Rotorua Airport, 837 Te Ngae Road, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
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