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Taupo, Turangi & Tongariro White Water Rafting

The Tongariro river is known as the perfect river for your first rafting experience. It’s the exciting, wet, wild adventure that the brave adventurer must do. It’s the white water seekers challenge of fun. Float past ancient beech forests, through gorges, past limestone and volcanic cliffs and then race down 50m 'roller coaster' rapids at exhilarating speeds.

The white water rafting experience is diverse - from a peaceful drifting trip on the Tongariro, to the white water of the Mohaka. There’s plenty on offer for the adventure seeker who needs the thrill of blasting down endless rapids at a romping pace. Many tour operators in the region offer day trips or even overnight camping adventures. Try your white water adventure with a tour guide, instruction, equipment and refreshments - a great way to see wilderness country inaccessible by road.

Trills & spills on the river with Tongariro River Rafting

The Access 14 or  Tree Trunk Gorge rafting trip is the hardest of the three rafted sections of the Tongariro, with steep grade 4 rapids coming at you fast and furious. You are on the river for about 1 and 1/4 hours with the native bush spilling out onto the river margins in many spots.

The rapid names, like Mother-in-law's Nightmare (The Bitch), Oppat's Ordeal, General Disaster and Kirkham's Mistake, speak of the common disasters that used to occur regularly on this run through the 80’s by kayakers and rafters alike. 

This is one trip that you do not want to miss out on as it only flows 3 days each year with the support of Genesis energy. Check out a video of this spectacular river trip.


White Water Rafting - Water Activities

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Tongariro River Rafting :: click here for more information

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The Tongariro Whitewater 2 hours 13 kilometers 60 rapids...

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95 Atrau Rd Turangi, Turangi

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$20.00 - $700.00 (NZD)
Rafting New Zealand :: click here for more information

Experience the thrill of rafting! With trips ranging from mild to wild, we have options to suit all budgets, time frames & expectations - award winning rafting adventures departing daily....

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41 Ngawaka Place, Turangi

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$65.00 - $350.00 (NZD)
Whitewater World River Adventure HQ :: click here for more information

Through the 4D cinema you can experience the best adventure activities NZ has to offer all from the comfort of your special effects chair.

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46 Ruapehu Street, Taupo

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Rapid Sensations Tongariro Gr 3 Rafting :: click here for more information

The Tongariro is known as the perfect river for your finest rafting experience. However, even the experienced rafter will find this trip legendary!

With over 50 fun filled rapids, a...

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413 Huka Falls Rd, Wairakei Tourist Park, Taupo

$105.00 - $115.00 (NZD)
Kayak Wai Maori :: click here for more information


Wai Maori means freshwater. Pristine turbulent rapids through steep volcanic...

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203 Puanga Street, Turangi

Rapid Sensations - Corporate & Groups Activities :: click here for more information

Corporate & Group Activities available with Rapid Sensations.
Established in 1989, Rapid Sensations is Taupo's original rafting and kayaking company. With the addition of Kayaking Kiwi in 2004, we have grown...

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413 Huka Falls Rd, Wairakei Tourist Park, Taupo

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Rapid Sensations Raft or Duckies Tongariro Gr 2 :: click here for more information

A great introduction to gentle white water rafting on the scenic lower Tongariro River. Paddle through calm pools and over bubbly grade 2 rapids, Plus we make a stop at...

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413 Huka Falls Rd, Wairakei Tourist Park, Taupo

$78.00 - $88.00 (NZD)


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