Tongariro River White Water Rafting

White water rafting in the Taupo region, especially on the Tongariro River, is available year round. With trips suitable for children as young as three years old, everyone can experience the thrill of this Taupo adventure! This region has some of the most diverse white water rafting in the North Island.

Home of New Zealand’s Best White Water Rafting Adventures

When you combine the natural elements of superb white water rapids with a pristine environment boasting crystal clear drinkable water and lush native bush, you really do have a world-class setting. Include the fact that Great Lake Taupo is home to New Zealand’s most awarded white water rafting operators and you begin to see why Great Lake Taupo is recognised as the home of New Zealand’s best white water adventures.

Most of Taupo’s white water rafting is done on the Tongariro River, situated at the southern end of Lake Taupo. The Tongariro River is the largest river feeding the lake. It produces three sections of world-class white water from Grade 2 to Grade 4.

Here is more information about the various Taupo white water rafting trips available:

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  • Family Fun Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    This leisurely 1 1/2 hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro brings the magic alive for first time rafters and especially children. You get to paddle and there are rapids to navigate but nothing too wild.

    • Price $75 - $75
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Rafting Kayaking – Salt Water Jet Boating
  • H2-Ohh Combo - Hukafalls Jet & Whitewater Rafting

    White Water Adventure That’s Splashtastic. Dash to the base of the spectacular Huka Falls onboard a twin engined V6 jet boat. Then carry on your adventure with Whitewater Rafting. Transfers and light end of day meal included. Family Fun option also.

    • Price $199 - $199
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Jet Boating Rafting Turangi Water Activities Turangi Rainy Days
  • Rafting New Zealand

    The Wairoa River provides the most action packed grade 5 rafting in the country - with rapids such as the "Roller Coaster", "Devils Elbow" and "Mothers Nightmare" - to name but a few.This Is NZ's Best Grade Five White Water Action!

    • Price $125 - $125
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Rafting

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  • Raft Fishing - Tongariro River Rafting

    Raft-fishing trips can be made to suit every angler's specific needs. Experienced guides are available to help locate and net your first fat taupo rainbow trout.The Tongariro River is world famous for its trout fishing.

    • Price $750 - $750
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Fishing – Fresh Water Rafting
  • Fly n' Raft Combo - Taupo's Floatplane & Whitewater Rafting

    Enjoy an exciting yet scenic 20 minute flight to the Southern end of Lake Taupo. Land and be picked up for a Whitewater Rafting adventure with Tongariro River Rafting. Return transport to your Taupo accommodation & afternoon meal Included.

    • Price $249 - $249
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Rafting Scenic Flights Turangi Water Activities Turangi Rainy Days
  • Whitewater Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    The magical waters of the Tongariro River provide one of nature's finest, fun-filled roller coaster rides. Navigate over 60 rapids with an expert guide at the helm. Safety and OARSOME Fun are our priority.

    • Price $125 - $125
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Rafting
  • Rapid Sensations White Water Rafting

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

    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Rafting Turangi Rainy Days