Mohaka Rafting


59 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

6 Rafting

1 Napier

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A crew crashing through Dog's Leg Rapid. Grade 3
Cliff Jumping, Grade 3
Long Rapid. First rapid on the Grade 4/5 section
Grade 5 action
Grade 3 rafting


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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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


Showing 8 reviews of 59.

Anders Knutsson's avatar

Anders Knutsson


Ranking: 10/10

Great company with great people, the experience was fantastic. We can definitely recommend and we will return again.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Sara's avatar



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 5 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 about 6 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.

Frederic Birke's avatar

Frederic Birke


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 over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Melanie Pretzel


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

robman's avatar


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 almost 9 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 over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

Marie_M's avatar


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 9 years ago