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North IslandHawkes BayNapier

Whitewater rafting adventures in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Based on State Highway 5 just 45 minutes from Napier and an hour from Taupo, Mohaka Rafting provides guests with an amazing North Island rafting experience.

We offer half day Grade 2 trips, full day Grade 3 trips and the infamous Grade 4/5 that started the whole company. Contact us about our multi-day expeditions through the Kaweka Forest Park and trout fishing.

Young families can experience scenic half-day raft and ducky (inflatable kayak) trips down the Grade 2 section of the Mohaka River. A great float trip for 5 years and older who wish to sit back and relax with a great scenic back drop. Give the children confidence in and around water.
$115 per adult and $95 per child

For great fun raft the stunning Mohaka River gorges of the Grade 3. This is our most popular full day trip. For $165, our guests enjoy 4 to 5 hours on the water as well as cliff jumping, swimming through rapids, stunning views, exciting whitewater, and a walk into an abandoned gold mine.

For serious rafting the Grade 4/5 section provides a full day wilderness adventure for $210 per person. This is our most stunning trip and is a serious Grade 5 in high flow or a great interesting Grade 4 at low flows. No playing on this trip but the scenery more than makes up for it. It's wilderness with huge gorges, house size boulders, geological oddities, beautiful waterfalls and great white water. It is a trip to remember.
Minimum numbers apply - we need 8 people to run this trip.

For the ultimate "chill-out" try our multi-day trips. Expeditions take you into the heart of untouched New Zealand back-country. You can relax on the side of the river, in hot pools, or cast for that trophy trout. Take an extra day and take a walk away from the river and into the Kaweka Forest Park.

Whether you choose to take part in a single day trip, or drop into the back-country by helicopter, Mohaka Rafting has the ability to meet your thrill - or trout seeking needs!

Visit our website now for more information, or contact us today to book your trip. Our trips do fill up quickly, so book early!

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Email: norm@mohakarafting.co.nz

Website: Mohaka Rafting

Phone: 06 839 1808

Phone (intl): 64 6 839 1808

Mobile: 027 825 8539

Napier Address:
3408 State HIghway 5. RD2 Napier, 4182

Operating Season And Hours: We operate from the 1st of October to the 30th of April. Open everyday but Christmas day. Grade 2 and Grade 5 trips meet at our base at 9:00am Grade 3 trips meet at our base at 9:30am

58 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

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Sara

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We (2 adults, one 6-year old) had a great time on the Mohaka River. Thank you, David, for a beautiful trip on the grade 2 section. There was so much to look at, that we forgot to paddle most of the time :-) Great scenery and many birds and even a pair of Blue Ducks! An experience that will stay with us for sure! We really recommend going rafting.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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John Martin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I was fortunate enough to be invited for a day of rafting with the Mohaka Rafting team for the first day of the rafting season. Rafting the Mohaka river has to be one of the best outdoor activities I have experienced during my time in New Zealand. The rapids were grade 2-3 which made traversing them thoroughly enjoyable. Next time I will try the grade 4-5 rapids further down the Mohaka.

The team were very professional throughout the day and placed the upmost priority on safety. The scenery along the river was diverse and incredibly beautiful. The trip was a total of 5 hour including a stop for lunch on the river bank. All clothing was supplied, all I had to bring with me was lunch and water.

In rafting over one of the rapids, I fell out of the raft and was thrown a rope almost instantly, then towed back into the raft. I was surprised at how quickly the team responded, and felt completely safe under their watch. Nick and Dave were the guides on my trip, I will try to raft with them again.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mohaka Rafting responds:

Thanks John for those words. I will let the guides know that you had a great trip, it is always great to get feed back. Just call when you are back in NZ and we will arrange a grade 5 for you.

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Frederic Birke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome rafting, but make sure that you have at least difficulty 4 otherwise it might be a little bit too boring.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Melanie Pretzel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We could jump from the cliffs, visit caves, went swimming and of course, good rafting. It was an awesome day!!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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robman

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Did the Grade 5 today , Awesome awesome time had by the group.Guides were excellent and very reassuring for us as first time rafters, would strongly recommend the team at Mohaka Rafting for a bloody good day out.
Chur fullas...
GWENDOOORR !!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Brian Livesey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Superb rafting; grade 3 family day: excellent instruction, beautiful river; obvious concern for your needs eg my partner feels the cold; gloves provided and FREE photographs. Great safety gear.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Marie_M

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic day. Real value for money. Went on the grade 2-3 trip last weekend with a group of around 30 of us from my husbands work, one of the best outings we have done. We had Dave as our guide and he was brilliant, great sense of humour. Thanks so much for the great time you gave us, would love to do it again with you as our guide Dave!!! All the guides were great, but I am bias and think we had the best LOL. Anyone thinking about doing this trip should just do it!!! We are all keen to do the grade 4-5 trip next (hopefully at the end of this year). Thanks guys, you really gave us value for money.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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the_catalpa

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I spent last weekend rafting the mighty Mohaka with the crew at Mohaka Rafting, and I'm pleased to say that it was a fantastic experience. I'm a confessed whitewater junkie, and the Mohaka clocked in as the 9th river I've rafted on in New Zealand.

I had planned on coming down for a trip down the grade 5 section, but decided to make a weekend of it, rafting the grade 3 section in order to see as much of the river as I could. Norm, the owner/operator, was very communicative and great in helping me plan my trip.

The grade 3 trip on the upper section was great - a scenic trip complemented by a handful of fairly exciting rapids. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a taste of what rafting has to offer. Our guide, Drew, was friendly, competent, and made the trip quite enjoyable.

I have to say, however, that the grade 5 run down the lower section absolutely blows the upper section out of the water (excuse the pun). It was, to put it simply, technical rafting at its finest. Boulders the size of houses everywhere, large drops, mean holes, burly rapids with must-make moves, and stunning scenery and wildlife (whio, wild horses, and much more).

It is a class 5 trip for a reason, as it is a river with some serious consequences - some obvious, many not. However, expert guidance from our trip lead Gywn (as well as Lu's spot-on safety kayaking) never once put me out of my comfort zone.

It was without a doubt one of the best stretches of river I've had the privilege of rafting, and would recommend it to anyone passionate about rafting in a heartbeat.

In short, the folks at Mohaka Rafting are a class act. Do yourself a favor and get out there - you won't regret it.

-Mitch

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Mohaka Rafting responds:

Hi Mitch and to all those that have sent in a review. Thanks for all the reviews. Thanks for taking the time to help other travellers as others have helped you. It was great to have you all come out rafting with us - without you we would not have the great experiences we have.
On behalf of all the guides and myself it was great to meet you all
Regards
Norm

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Ayse

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

I did two runs with Mohaka Rafting, had great time both times! Great, experienced, friendly guides; felt very safe...
There is something for everyone here, first time rafters or experienced, they have everything from grade 3 to 5; go out and try! Thanks to Norm, Gwynn, Georgie, Drew and Marilyn I had a great time :)

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Maz_J

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

9th February 2011.

We had a great time on the Mohaka. Gwyn, John and Tyler were excellent instructors - patient, polite and clearly very experienced. The river was in full flow, but we felt really safe as the staff assessed each obstacle and guided us around the dangers. Awesome fun!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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westboundmarina

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

SUPER DUPER FUN! Thanks to the guys at Mohaka for a refreshing escape from the region's tourist machines!
The river is stunning with beautiful cliffs and limestone formations and the water is a great vantage point for the towering scenery, even on a rainy day like we had. The owner clearly focused on selecting the absolute best staff he probably could find : all were friendly, patient and caring about each person's well being and at the same time very experienced and knowledgeable about the river.
It was great fun to be able to trust them completely while paddling, jumping off cliffs and swimming in the rapids! I would recommend Mohaka to anyone who appreciates a truly personalized experience and simply a beautiul journey. Kudos!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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NicoleM

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

8th January: Had a great day rafting! I have done several other rafting trips in the North Island and this was the best! A friendly team, awesome scenery and cool things to stop and see along the way!

17th January: I did the Grade 3 trip just 10 days ago, and had such a great time that i came back again to do the Grade 5 trip! It was an exciting challenge, i had such an awesome day and i highly reccomend it!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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feepay

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

I had the pleasure of taking a trip with Mohaka rafting. As we were just a group of 4 it was suggested we take the 2 man kayaks. This turned out to be a great idea. We had great fun and our guide, John was very helpful and informative. We would certainly recommend this as a great family outing. Photo's were taken on the trip and then emailed to us later that day. - great service.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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John Martin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I was fortunate enough to be invited for a day of rafting with the Mohaka Rafting team for the first day of the rafting season. Rafting the Mohaka river has to be one of the best outdoor activities I have experienced during my time in New Zealand. The rapids were grade 2-3 which made traversing them thoroughly enjoyable. Next time I will try the grade 4-5 rapids further down the Mohaka.

The team were very professional throughout the day and placed the upmost priority on safety. The scenery along the river was diverse and incredibly beautiful. The trip was a total of 5 hour including a stop for lunch on the river bank. All clothing was supplied, all I had to bring with me was lunch and water.

In rafting over one of the rapids, I fell out of the raft and was thrown a rope almost instantly, then towed back into the raft. I was surprised at how quickly the team responded, and felt completely safe under their watch. Nick and Dave were the guides on my trip, I will try to raft with them again.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mohaka Rafting responds:

Thanks John for those words. I will let the guides know that you had a great trip, it is always great to get feed back. Just call when you are back in NZ and we will arrange a grade 5 for you.

58 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

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Sara

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We (2 adults, one 6-year old) had a great time on the Mohaka River. Thank you, David, for a beautiful trip on the grade 2 section. There was so much to look at, that we forgot to paddle most of the time :-) Great scenery and many birds and even a pair of Blue Ducks! An experience that will stay with us for sure! We really recommend going rafting.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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John Martin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I was fortunate enough to be invited for a day of rafting with the Mohaka Rafting team for the first day of the rafting season. Rafting the Mohaka river has to be one of the best outdoor activities I have experienced during my time in New Zealand. The rapids were grade 2-3 which made traversing them thoroughly enjoyable. Next time I will try the grade 4-5 rapids further down the Mohaka.

The team were very professional throughout the day and placed the upmost priority on safety. The scenery along the river was diverse and incredibly beautiful. The trip was a total of 5 hour including a stop for lunch on the river bank. All clothing was supplied, all I had to bring with me was lunch and water.

In rafting over one of the rapids, I fell out of the raft and was thrown a rope almost instantly, then towed back into the raft. I was surprised at how quickly the team responded, and felt completely safe under their watch. Nick and Dave were the guides on my trip, I will try to raft with them again.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Mohaka Rafting responds:

Thanks John for those words. I will let the guides know that you had a great trip, it is always great to get feed back. Just call when you are back in NZ and we will arrange a grade 5 for you.

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Frederic Birke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome rafting, but make sure that you have at least difficulty 4 otherwise it might be a little bit too boring.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

Mohaka Rafting is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

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Melanie Pretzel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We could jump from the cliffs, visit caves, went swimming and of course, good rafting. It was an awesome day!!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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robman

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Did the Grade 5 today , Awesome awesome time had by the group.Guides were excellent and very reassuring for us as first time rafters, would strongly recommend the team at Mohaka Rafting for a bloody good day out.
Chur fullas...
GWENDOOORR !!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Brian Livesey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Superb rafting; grade 3 family day: excellent instruction, beautiful river; obvious concern for your needs eg my partner feels the cold; gloves provided and FREE photographs. Great safety gear.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Marie_M

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic day. Real value for money. Went on the grade 2-3 trip last weekend with a group of around 30 of us from my husbands work, one of the best outings we have done. We had Dave as our guide and he was brilliant, great sense of humour. Thanks so much for the great time you gave us, would love to do it again with you as our guide Dave!!! All the guides were great, but I am bias and think we had the best LOL. Anyone thinking about doing this trip should just do it!!! We are all keen to do the grade 4-5 trip next (hopefully at the end of this year). Thanks guys, you really gave us value for money.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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the_catalpa

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I spent last weekend rafting the mighty Mohaka with the crew at Mohaka Rafting, and I'm pleased to say that it was a fantastic experience. I'm a confessed whitewater junkie, and the Mohaka clocked in as the 9th river I've rafted on in New Zealand.

I had planned on coming down for a trip down the grade 5 section, but decided to make a weekend of it, rafting the grade 3 section in order to see as much of the river as I could. Norm, the owner/operator, was very communicative and great in helping me plan my trip.

The grade 3 trip on the upper section was great - a scenic trip complemented by a handful of fairly exciting rapids. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a taste of what rafting has to offer. Our guide, Drew, was friendly, competent, and made the trip quite enjoyable.

I have to say, however, that the grade 5 run down the lower section absolutely blows the upper section out of the water (excuse the pun). It was, to put it simply, technical rafting at its finest. Boulders the size of houses everywhere, large drops, mean holes, burly rapids with must-make moves, and stunning scenery and wildlife (whio, wild horses, and much more).

It is a class 5 trip for a reason, as it is a river with some serious consequences - some obvious, many not. However, expert guidance from our trip lead Gywn (as well as Lu's spot-on safety kayaking) never once put me out of my comfort zone.

It was without a doubt one of the best stretches of river I've had the privilege of rafting, and would recommend it to anyone passionate about rafting in a heartbeat.

In short, the folks at Mohaka Rafting are a class act. Do yourself a favor and get out there - you won't regret it.

-Mitch

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Mohaka Rafting responds:

Hi Mitch and to all those that have sent in a review. Thanks for all the reviews. Thanks for taking the time to help other travellers as others have helped you. It was great to have you all come out rafting with us - without you we would not have the great experiences we have.
On behalf of all the guides and myself it was great to meet you all
Regards
Norm

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Ayse

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

I did two runs with Mohaka Rafting, had great time both times! Great, experienced, friendly guides; felt very safe...
There is something for everyone here, first time rafters or experienced, they have everything from grade 3 to 5; go out and try! Thanks to Norm, Gwynn, Georgie, Drew and Marilyn I had a great time :)

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

Award-2-24px Congratulations Mohaka Rafting

Rankers TravellerVoted Awards 2012 Rafting Finalist

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Maz_J

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

9th February 2011.

We had a great time on the Mohaka. Gwyn, John and Tyler were excellent instructors - patient, polite and clearly very experienced. The river was in full flow, but we felt really safe as the staff assessed each obstacle and guided us around the dangers. Awesome fun!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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westboundmarina

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

SUPER DUPER FUN! Thanks to the guys at Mohaka for a refreshing escape from the region's tourist machines!
The river is stunning with beautiful cliffs and limestone formations and the water is a great vantage point for the towering scenery, even on a rainy day like we had. The owner clearly focused on selecting the absolute best staff he probably could find : all were friendly, patient and caring about each person's well being and at the same time very experienced and knowledgeable about the river.
It was great fun to be able to trust them completely while paddling, jumping off cliffs and swimming in the rapids! I would recommend Mohaka to anyone who appreciates a truly personalized experience and simply a beautiul journey. Kudos!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Mohaka Rafting is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

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NicoleM

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

8th January: Had a great day rafting! I have done several other rafting trips in the North Island and this was the best! A friendly team, awesome scenery and cool things to stop and see along the way!

17th January: I did the Grade 3 trip just 10 days ago, and had such a great time that i came back again to do the Grade 5 trip! It was an exciting challenge, i had such an awesome day and i highly reccomend it!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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feepay

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

I had the pleasure of taking a trip with Mohaka rafting. As we were just a group of 4 it was suggested we take the 2 man kayaks. This turned out to be a great idea. We had great fun and our guide, John was very helpful and informative. We would certainly recommend this as a great family outing. Photo's were taken on the trip and then emailed to us later that day. - great service.

Reviewed over 7 years ago