Come rafting with Raftabout and enjoy the scenery, culture, history and the beautiful environment of our New Zealand Rivers, including nature and wildlife with our friendly, professional guides.
We provide all transport, equipment and instruction and have a dedicated base just outside of Rotorua city.
We provide all equipment except your personal swimsuit and towel. This includes a fleece, 5mm wetsuit, splash jacket, wetsuit booties, life jacket and a helmet. Our equipment is excellent quality, well maintained and is cleaned after every trip. We are Qualmark quality assured.
We cater for all skill, age (10yrs+) and confidence levels, offering four rafting (3 or 6 hour) and two sledging (3 or 4 hour) options and provide all transport, equipment and instruction.
We provide exclusive river excursions or experiences for tour groups, team building and incentive groups, school groups, social clubs, wedding groups, family and friends and Free Independent Travellers.
Rafting: Grade 5. Allow 3 hours (50 minutes on water).
A deep gorge lined with stunning native bush, the Kaituna boasts the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world (7m) as well as 13 other fun rapids and waterfalls. This river is great for beginners or adrenalin seekers and is a must for all visitors and Kiwi’s alike.
Sledging: Grade 3. Allow 3 hours (1¼ hours on water).
You must be water confident and have a reasonable fitness level to tackle this extreme activity. You will have a purpose build sledge and flippers on your feet to manoeuvre yourself through the thrilling white water! This is not for the faint hearted.
RANGITAIKI: Grade 4. Allow 6 hours (2 hours on water). Lunch Provided.
The Rangitaiki provides a longer, more relaxed afternoon on the water with some exciting rapids and beautiful NZ scenery including forest, farmland and native bush. Lunch is provided at the end.
WAIROA:Grade 5, only open 26 days a year. Allow 6 hours (2 hours on water). Lunch Provided.
The Wairoa is a full-on rafting experience down grade 4 and 5 water. This canyon is full of technical and thrilling rapids and waterfalls with huge boulders to negotiate. Don’t forget to check out the scenery!!
Raftabout is owned and operated by two hands-on Kiwis, Kylee and Steve (a local), who pride themselves on their quality equipment, professionalism and friendly, personal attention. "The safety and enjoyment of our clients is a priority and will not be compromised under any circumstances".
Open 365 days a year. Raftabout’s base is only 3 hours from Auckland, 1 hour from Taupo, Tauranga and Whakatane.
We can organise custom adventure packages including accommodation, Skydive, Bungy Jump, Swoop, Zorb, Jet Boat, Horse Ride, 4X4, Mountain Bike, Paintball, Dirt Bikes, Quad Bikes, Combat Action, the Swing, Luge and more. Raftabout also offer school and corporate team building and incentives packages.
We are a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity as well as having a Qualmark Gold Award; we belong to the NZ Rafting Association and the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter.
- Sandra Blackledge
- Free Phone:
- 0800 723 822 within NZ
- +64 (07) 343 9500
- +64 (07) 343 9503
- 391 State Highway 33
- 11.98km from Rotorua
This is the shortest distance from the Tourism Rotorua Information and Travel Office to this operator, but does not necessarily represent the exact route travelled by road.
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