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:
- The Lower Tongariro (Grade 2) - Suitable for families
- The Tongariro White Water section (Grade 3+) – The most popular trip
- The Tongariro Upper Gorge (Grade 3/4-) – Only twice yearly
- Tongariro White Water Kayaking (Grade 2-3)
- Extreme Grade 5 White Water Rafting – Suitable for adrenaline junkies
- Multi-Day White Water Rafting - Customised overnight trips
- Raft Fishing
- Virtual White Water Rafting
What should you bring? What is expected on a trip? What should you wear?
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NZ's best half day rafting adventure - Our most popular trip - You'll raft over 50 plus exciting rapids, through a beautiful volcanic gorge. Explore a hidden waterfall (jump optional, weather permitting) & enjoy on river hot chocolate & snacks.
23 September 2016 - 9 October 2016
Kia Ora, the RNZ Adventure Centre presents the 6D "real"adventure cinema...Take a virtual ride down NZ's most scenic rivers, plunge off waterfalls and feel the rush from running the rapids - all from the comfort of your special effects chair.
Splash, Crash, Swim & Laugh, this trip is all about having fun, while traveling through the beautiful lower reaches of the Tongariro River. A great journey for families with young children, our more senior of citizens & non english speaking visitors.
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.
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.
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.