White Water Rafting Adventures

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:

What should you bring? What is expected on a trip? What should you wear?

We’ve compiled some FAQs and hot tips to make your white water rafting experience in Great Lake Taupo a memorable one. 

  • Fly n' Raft Combo - Taupo's Floatplane & Tongariro River 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 $309 - $309
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Rafting Scenic Flights Turangi Rainy Days Turangi Water Activities
  • 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
  • Wairoa River (Class Five) with Rafting New Zealand

    The Most Thrilling White Water - The Wairoa River is considered to sit amongst the very best class five rivers & provides the most action-packed Grade 5 rafting in the country.

    • Price $129 - $129
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Rafting
  • The Big Splash

    The Big Splash is about being wet in the summer and cool in the winter, by doing a wicked combination of bungy jumping and rafting. With two locally owned and operated companies, we offer an action-packed day, that's on the wild side!

    • Price $270 - $270
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Bungy Rafting Turangi Rainy Days
  • Tongariro River Rafting - Raft Fishing

    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 Guides Rafting

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