Waikato Thermal Float with Rafting New Zealand

Waikato Thermal Float is an awe-inspiring journey through the twists and turns of New Zealand’s longest river. Take in the towering pumice cliffs in the volcanic gorge, the wildlife and natural fauna.

The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 425 kilometres (264 mi) through the North Island. It rises in the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, joining the Tongariro River system and flowing through Lake Taupo. It then drains Taupo at the lake's northeastern edge, creates the Huka Falls, and flows northwest through the Waikato Plains. It empties into the Tasman Sea south of Auckland, at Port Waikato. 

The Waikato River boasts many traditional Maori tales and is the host of many warnings and prophecies. The most famous being “Waikato taniwha rau” which translates to ‘Waikato of a hundred water-monsters’ – This was in reference to the many enemy Chiefs that populated the waters’ edge and a reference to the strength and importance of them to the district. “He piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha” – ‘At every river-bend, a chief’

It’s this incredible history and the strength of the area, that make the Waikato Thermal Float such an awe-inspiring journey through the twists and turns of New Zealand’s longest river. You can either chillax and ride the current water flow (The ‘Wai-kato’) taking in the towering pumice cliffs in the volcanic gorge, the wildlife and natural fauna or you and your team can use the wide, calm river to craft new bonds of leadership, confidence and team work taking turns guiding the rafts, racing other rafts and working in synchronicity to achieve goals.

Optional swimming at the ‘hot water stream’, Otumuheke, along the way. This thermally heated stream has been an important part of the way of life for local Maori for hundreds of years. It’s natural medicinal values have been known to help various aches and pains, naturally.

Like all Rafting New Zealand activities, Rafting New Zealand balance its use of nature with the conservation of rivers as a natural resource and habitat. You’ll learn about, and experience, the awesome wildlife that inhabit the Waikato river – from fish to bird life – and the clean river water, as well as the unique environmental balance that keeps this section of the Waikato at its most natural.

A trip that’s suitable for all ages and abilities.

Trip duration: 1 – 1.5 hours.

 

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Taupo
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