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Wairoa, Tauranga - Grade 5

Wairoa Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak
Wairoa Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak Wairoa Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak
Wairoa Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak Wairoa Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak
Wairoa Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak Wairoa Grade 5
River Rats Raft & Kayak

The Ultimate: Full-On, Grade 5 Whitewater!


"I give this experience 11 out of 10... It's the things in life you DON'T do that you regret." - 'RhondaMoore', Tripadvisor


Tauranga's Whitewater - Enjoy the thrill of one of New Zealand’s best Whitewater rafting trips on the Wairoa River in New Zealand's central North Island. Located just 2 ¼ hours from Auckland, this is one the locals love and it is recognised worldwide for it's rafting value.

This fantastic rafting adventure offers a stunning rock and tree lined gorge that combines turbulent rapids with exciting drops to produce top White water action.

This is the most technical of the trips we offer and it is not recommended for non swimmers.

Perfect for a group outing, the Wairoa rafting trip is situated just off State Highway 29 between Matamata and Tauranga.

A hydro-controlled river, this rafting trip is only available 26 days a year so get in quick! The Wairoa Grade 5 is suitable for all active people aged 13 years and over.
  • Trips are subject to minimum numbers, water levels and weather conditions.
  • Approximately 1.5 hrs on the water, allow 3 hours total.
  • Suitable for all active people 13 years and over.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Recommended minimum weight limit 40kg, Maximum 125kg.
  • Large groups can be taken by arrangement - please contact us for details.
  • $NZ149.00 per person (valid till 31st May 2021)


    This is some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, and availability is limited - get in quick!

Wairoa Release Dates: The Wairoa is a dam-release river that only runs 26 days a year (usually selected Sundays September to May), in order to release the water they have to shut down a hydroelectric power station.  

Confirmed release dates for the 2020 - 2021 season will be released by the power company around mid July and posted below. Please feel free to contact us if you would like us to email the release dates when they become available.
We operate trips at 10.00am and 1.00pm on release days.

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


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