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DurationDuration3 Hoursi
Start & End TimeStart & End TimeVariousi
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffIncluded
Minimum AgeMinimum Age13+
Fitness LevelFitness LevelIntermediatei

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • Free photos valued at $35 (approx 25 photos)

  • Locally owned and operated

  • Grade 5 adrenaline-fuelled rafting

  • Tackle 14 incredible rapids and three waterfalls

  • Raft the world's highest commercially rafted 7m waterfall - Tutea Falls

  • Complimentary transportation to and from accommodation 

  • All rafting gear supplied: Wetsuit, booties, fleece jumper, splash jacket, personal flotation device (PFD), helmet + gloves

  • Feel good factor: Stop at sacred Maori sights + gain an insight into Maori culture

Why Do We Love This


"As New Zealand's most awarded white water rafting company, Kaitiaki Adventures are recognised for their respect towards the people of the River – Ngati Hinerangi – Ngati Hinekiri, those who live now and those of years gone by."

"It's operators like Kaitaki Adventures whose values coincide with ours; as we take pride in the multiple cultural tours that work closely alongside the communities in which they operate."

What to Expect

Experience the rush of a lifetime with Kaituna River rafting, the ultimate adventure in Rotorua.


This Grade 5 white water rafting experience takes you through 14 rapids and three stunning waterfalls, including the famous 7m Kaituna Falls. With New Zealand's only local rafting crew, you can trust that you are in good hands with experienced and knowledgeable guides.


But it's not just about the thrill of the ride – Kaituna River rafting also offers a unique opportunity to learn about Maori culture along the way. Pause for Karakia and Waiata at sacred Maori sites and take in the incredible sights and sounds that make this experience truly unforgettable.


While Kaituna River rafting and white water rafting in Rotorua can be thrilling, it's important to prioritise safety. That's why The Operator places the highest priority on safety, with top-of-the-line equipment and experienced guides who are trained to handle any situation.


Get ready for an action-packed, once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Kaituna River rafting. Book your trip today and experience the rush of New Zealand's most famous white water rafting destination!


About Kaituna River Rafting Rotorua


What grade is Kaituna River?

The Kaituna River is a grade 5 river, which means it has challenging and intense rapids.


How many waterfalls are along the Kaituna River?

The Kaituna River has a total of 7 waterfalls, including the famous Tutea Falls, which is the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.

Where is Kaituna River?

The Kaituna River is located in the North Island of New Zealand, specifically in the Bay of Plenty region, near the city of Rotorua.

What is the worlds highest rafted waterfall?

The highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world is Tutea Falls, located on the Kaituna River in New Zealand. It has a height of 7 meters (23 feet) and is considered a grade 5 waterfall.

Frequently Asked Questions

The minimum age for rafting is 13 years old.

You will get to spend up to 1 hour on water. Overall, you need to allocate approx. 4 hours including transport, safety briefing, getting ready for rafting, instructions and getting back to your accommodation.

No, not at all. The Operator will give all the training required and will assist you throughout the trip.

A courtesy shuttle to and from central Rotorua accommodation and the Rotorua Information Centre is available.

If you prefer to drive, the tour departs from: 1135 Te Ngae Road, RD4 Tikitere, Rotorua.


In the summer months from October to March, you can expect water temps ranging from 17 to 22 degrees, while in the winter months (April to September) expect 11 to 16 degrees.

You will also be provided with a wetsuit and fleece jumper to ensure you're kept as warm as possible during the tour.

Please bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel


The following is provided by The Operator:

  • Wetsuit

  • Booties

  • Fleece jumper

  • Splash jacket

  • Personal flotation device (PFD)

  • Helmet and gloves

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Terms & Conditions:
  • All participants must complete and submit a Risk Disclosure form prior to rafting. Click HERE.

  • Visit: https://kaitiaki.co.nz/terms-conditions/

Cancellation Policy:
  • If the cancellation has been made by the operator concerned for any reason, a cancellation fee will not apply.

  • You can cancel the tour anytime for a 100% refund as long as the cancellations are 48 hours before the booking date and time.

  • No refund if cancelled within 48 hours before the activity.

  • Re-scheduling: Activities can often be rescheduled if sufficient advanced warning is given to us. There is usually no charge for this.



All customer cancellation & refund requests are also subject to our website’s own refund conditions.

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Kaitiaki Adventures
1135 Te Ngae Road, Tikitere, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand

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