World's highest rafted waterfall

World's highest rafted waterfall

Rotorua is famous for its pristine lakes and rivers. One of the more famous rivers in the region is The Kaituna. 'Kai' meaning food and 'tuna' meaning eel, the river is of particular significance cultural and spiritual value to the local Ngati Pikiao iwi.

The Kaituna starts at Okere Falls, near Okere Falls Store on the north west corner of Lake Rotoiti, it is popular for kayaking, white water rafting, sledging and fishing. The warmest river in New Zealand, it features the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, the 7 metre Tutea Falls and attracts international kayakers to test their skills on its rapids.

The upper part of the River was the site of one of New Zealand's first hydro-electic power station in operation from 1901 to 1936. Remnants of the power station can be seen today from viewing platforms along the 1.2km Okere Falls Track. At night the forest alongside the track lights up with glow worms, while during the day view spectacular native scenery, watch the rafts go over the falls and take Hinemoa's Steps to Tutea Caves alongside the river.

Water water rafting on the Kaituna is a must do during your visit to Rotorua. Exhilarating and fun you will want to do this more than once!

Video: Devin Super Tramp visited in Rotorua and made this epic little film which has had over 1.2 million views.