Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and...

Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging


96 Rankers Reviews

71 Face-to-Face

5 Tikitere

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Raft or sledge the Kaituna River with our world class guides. Experience the thrill of rafting over the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world or take the river on at eye level as you are in charge of your own sledging vessel.

With a unique mix of history, culture an adrenaline overload, Kaitiaki Adventures offers superior and unforgettable white water rafting and sledging experiences.
Kaitiaki give their clients an initiation into Aspects Maori through myth and legends, kupu hou (new Maori words) and Karakia (Maori prayer) all whilst experiencing the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Raft the Kaituna River with our world class guides. Snake through steep bush clad canyons and over 14 awesome drops – including the 7m Tutea Falls. Blended with a touch of culture, this trip offers it all, for both white water rafting enthusiasts and first timers.

Kaitiaki is New Zealand’s original white water sledging specialists - since 1989. Challenge yourself to try their sledging option where the clients get to take the river on at eye level. Propelled by the flippers on their feet, motivated and assisted by WWSNZ (White Water Sledging NZ) qualified guides it is a white water adrenaline junkies dream.

The Wairoa is available every Sunday in summer and is an unsurpassed rafting/sledging adventure. Beginning with a backdrop of the beautiful MacLaren’s Falls followed by 1 hour and 45 mins of adrenaline overload. Transport and refreshments provided for this grade 5 world class rafting experience.

No previous experience is required as Kaitiaki Adventures will give you all the training and safety equipment of the highest standard to make your journey a safe yet unforgettable time. Our guides are all NZQA Qualified, our business is a maritime safety approved operation and 100% kiwi owned and operated.

Kaitiaki’s purpose built base is equipped with changing rooms, lockers, eco friendly facilities and full credit cards facilities. The base also offers a place for clients to relax in the peaceful atmosphere set amongst the ancient volcanic landscape of Hellsgate, Tikitere.

Courtesy Transport provided.


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Kaitiaki Adventures

Commercial organisation


North IslandRotorua RegionTikitere


  • River Boarding
  • Rafting


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Alex Victor

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Really fun morning but for the price we expected longer. The drop was exhilarating.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ranking: 8/10

Fun to do! 7m waterfall was scary. Guides made us do fun things with the rafts.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jessica Freeland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Heaps of fun. Great guides who respect Maori traditions on the river. I did the trip that goes down the 7m Tukea Falls which was so exciting. Lots of rapids. Wish it lasted longer! This was my first time white water rafting and I loved it.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Ranking: 7/10

Biggest waterfall in the world - awesome experience but too short.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Matthias Freiling


Ranking: 7/10

Exciting rafting trip with very cool guides! Just too expensive for one hour fun and there are too many long breaks in which you have to wait for the other boats.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marc Engstle


Ranking: 5/10

Rafting too expensive for too less action! $80 for 40 minutes of fun! Safe and good guides.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Philip Gosemann


Ranking: 9/10

Wild Water Rafting in Rotorua. It was the highest waterfall you can raft as a normal person and it was great.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Hendrik Schanz


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing, adrenalin rush, only two people in the raft.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014