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Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging

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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 over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Jolien

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 2 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 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Johannes

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Matthias Freiling

Germany

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 about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marc Engstle

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

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

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Philip Gosemann

Germany

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 over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Hendrik Schanz

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Josefina Tassone

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot to kayak, all they provide was in excellent form, and the guides were nice and confident.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Cathrin Wisgiekl

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome guide, tour could have been a bit longer.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jake Bell

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

G was our sledging guide and Gordy was our rafting guide. We were picked up and dropped off as part of our activity which was very convenient. Both our guides were great and my girlfriend and I had a great time. The equipment was in good shape and safety was definitely a priority. I would recommend Kaitiaki for anyone who enjoys rafting or sledging, especially Gordy and G! -Jake

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Laurits and Bettina

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Professional service and a safe rafting.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Curry

England

Ranking: 10/10

Went on the grade 5 falls in Rotorua, well worth the money and great staff!! Grade 5 fall was the most amazing experience!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Nicola Young

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

I found some of the instructors to be a bit laid back and not explain everything properly, therefor not making me feel at my most comfortable.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Sarah James

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Lots of fun. Good guides, wish it was longer. GREAT FUN!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Craig Hathaway

England

Ranking: 10/10

Fun and very safe. Felt dangerous and extremely safe at the same time Staff were fun and friendly.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Isabell

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A lot of fun and nice people.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Justin Pearce

Australia

Ranking: 4/10

Great guides, staff. River was overcrowded by rafters, (Kaitiaki and other operators), very short run along the river.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging responds:

Kia Ora Justin. Thank you for your feed back. We are happy that you fully enjoyed our staff / guides and our unique Kaitiaki Experience, and we are moving our on river times to avoid a mash up with other companies, which should ensure some extra freedom and space for future Kaitiaki river experiences.

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tandysandhu

India

Ranking: 10/10

Well Experienced and supporting crew members.. Had great time with them... Atleast i found a good place to hang out with my mates in New Zealand... Kaitiaki Adventures U gUyzz Rokkxx...

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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alexiap

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Did the Kaituna River Rafting in November 2010 - was a truly awesome experience, particularly the waterfalls we went through - great fun and a bit scary at the same time!
The trip is quite short - less than an hour on the water, and it took ages to get everyone organised to actually go out on the water (but there was a huge group that showed up a bit late). I was also a bit worried about some of the people that went out rafting who could not swim and did not understand any English - but they all made it through as well. The guides were really good fun and nice. Overall a great activity close to Rotorua (about 20km out of town is the office, right next to hell's gate; and then another ~20min drive once you are geared up)

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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TerriH

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Hi,

I was there in August and had an amazing time - although nervous the guides where fantastic and really did make the experience for me.

I did manage to fall out of the raft (all my own fault) on the 7m and bust my lip (it sound worse than what it actually was) but the guides where amazing - had me safely back in the boat within seconds and made sure I was okay.

To be honest falling out of the boat was soo much fun.

My best experience in NZ and I would highly recommend it to anybody.

Cheers
Terri - Ireland

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Marea

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Very professional, happy and relaxed. I felt safe and excited. All my family had a great day even an oldie like me :) i dont think it's dear as it seemed very comparable to others we looked at but their site is in a beautiful river and has lots of history.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in July 2010

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Pete & Judy McChesney

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Reasonably priced great adventure.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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laurabridges

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

great fun.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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claireamanda

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

So much fun, great rafting guides and lots of good info too! I had a great time!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Pip

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My best ever rafting experience, both the Wairoa and Kaituna were wicked and the guides are tops! Can't wait to go back again!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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iep_crew

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We love Kaitiaki! Epic fun and awesome guides!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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Kane Chain

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Too short but great fun!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Ben Thomas

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Heard nothing but the best about these guys!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Kay Beaumont

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great fun although a little short. Guides make the trip.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Rachel Honore

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome time out there. Best crew. recommend to everyone.

Rach
Yha Rotorua

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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sam jones

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome from start to finish... Kaitiaki is the best ever

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Amelie Sutcliffe

England

Ranking: 10/10

Run by a great team who made the day even better! beautiful surroundings, it was such a fun day unforgettable! will definately go back!
O for awsome!
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Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Alzbeta Czech

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Very exciting

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging responds:

Thank you for the amazing rank. Be sure to tell everyone on your travels. Have a great holiday.

Kia Ora/Cheers
Kaitiaki

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Lesley Nixon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Slightly expensive for the amount of time you get on the river but it is very enjoyable.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging responds:

Hi Lesley,
I'm pleased you enjoyed yourself. The length of time on the river is at least 45minutes which tends to go very quickly when you're having fun. Before you know it the guide is saying "well folks we've come to the end......."

I'm sorry you felt the price was a little steep. We try and position ourselves evenly amongst the other 4 Rotorua rafting companies and at the moment we have the 2nd lowest rate for rafting (not bad I thought).

The most important thing is that you enjoyed yourself. This is one of Kaitiaki Adventures goal's - to have the customer leave with a smile, a great memory and maybe even a tale or two to share with fellow travellers.

Thank you so much for taking the time to rank Kaitiaki Adventures and we wish you all the best in your travels.

Kia Ora/Cheers
Debs

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sazz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent!! the entire trip was awesome, the instructors are professional & good fun. Definitely will recommend this trip to all.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging responds:

Thanks for the great rank. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to our instructors.

Kia Ora
Kaitiaki

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rosalindm

England

Ranking: 10/10

Totally enjoyed the 45 mins! Had a great guide, was exciting, could have a laugh but were informed of the dangers too. Definitely recommend.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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hendrik gottschalk

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We came from Germany with lots of expectations for a great holiday in New zealand, however, what we expereienced did overwhelm us. One of the reasons was a wonderful time in Roturua with the guys from Kaitaki Rafting and sledging. These guys are really great and did tgive us the feeeling that we are not paying customers only but also good friends (although most of them are just half of our age)
It was a great experience to raft a 7 m waterfall.
And we will never forget : KIA KAHA, KIA TOA, KIA MANAWANUI.
Guys: please continue that way!!!!
Thanks a lot

Gabriele, Hendrik, Miriam, from the Baltic Sea cost of Germany.

Whenever you come to Germany , please let us know, would be happy to see you again.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging responds:

Hello Hendrik,
Thank you for the amazing rank 10/10. When people choose to experience rafting or sledging with Kaitiaki we show our gratitude by accepting them into our Whanau (family) for that day. The cultural aspect of the journey we share with people reinforces this Whanau (family) aspect.
Kia pai haere tō haerenga o Aotearoa - Enjoy your travels around New Zealand.

Thank you once again.

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Angela Stringer

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great experience.... 17yr old had a blast... his nearly 50 Mum had a good (if stressful) time too! Special thanks to 'G' for her support on my sledge ride! I think the length of the ride for the price is a little steep... more time waiting around beforehand than in the water.... & I missed the photos (except the one at the start) because I didn't do the 'surfing' at the photo point. Maybe more photo spots if possible?? Guides were well trained & I really enjoyed the traditional Maori info & prayers that were said!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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stroalki

Trinidad and Tobago

Ranking: 7/10

The guys at this company are mad fun and very professional (Nige, Stevie, Gofor, etc). You can instantly tell that they are good guys and even better friends. They give you quite a fair amount of information on the Maori cultural uses of the river, etc and they inject a lot of fun into the experience. They also pick you up from your accommodation. Whilst rafting on the water itself is good fun, it is a bit short for the $85 + $35 for pics, especially if you did rafting for longer before. Would do it again with them but I would pay the extra bit for a longer experience.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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katesc

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

This was my first time rafting & because of these guys I would definitely do it again. We had the best guide - Wade - Very professional but great fun too.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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bondd

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice people and lots of fun.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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DaraghD

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Professional and know how to have a good time. Well worth the money, has to be done.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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NinaH1

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Super, lots to do.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Keith

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

The rafting was excellent. The guys really seemed to enjoy what they did so it helped you to relax and enjoy it too. Steve (the Boss) gave a good pep talk on the way. Photos could have been better.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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kiwibrit86

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Loved every minute of it - fun guides, great scenery, big scary waterfall! Don't go if you want a more consistent rafting trip tho - this one is all about the drops but it can seem a little start-stop ish.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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renanf

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

The rafting was a lot of fun and I felt very safe with the guides. The trip is a bit too short in my opinion, but you do get to experience a Grade 5 waterfall.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Michael

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

Cool, cool stuff.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Lucas

Canada

Ranking: 4/10

Very slow 12-6pm for about 30min - 1hr of fun.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jasmine

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing river to raft on. Amazing & knowledgeable guides.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Liekens

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

A bit short but well worth the money. Good guides and also a bit of a Maori Culture experience.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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jfletch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

People so nice + an amazing experience.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Lisa

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic. Very quick but would do it again. Guides were really friendly.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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siobhan

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant day out, well organised, people lovely. Once in a lifetime experience.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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mike brett

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

I did 3hour trip (includes over the 6-7m? fall), of which maybe 1hour is action in raft. Great crew... Johnny and Nige (guides), were great at keeping it exciting and fun, but prepping us well and keeping it safe. Included prayers of respect to tribal forebears. The mix of a thrill ride new activity set in a spectacular beautiful gorge ( Kaituna), pauses between 'rapids'/falls allowed time to take it all in between buzzes. Very hard to better. Guess the only way is to do a longer trip, to spend a higher portion of time rafting over the drive and gear up phases. Photo CDs available after a great idea, if bit pricey for a short trip.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Evelyn

Ireland

Ranking: 7/10

Expected better but the waterfall was still amazing.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Ben

England

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant fun. Like most kiwi instructor / guides we met, they were great.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Chris

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Great fun. Time on the river felt a little short though.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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maria d

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

great rafting! did the wairoa and the kaituna river! sexy guides! will be back! xx

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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JP Alberto

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I'd definitely recommended this trip for everyone. It was my first time doing this rafting and I really enjoyed it! The 9 meter fall was a scary part for me because we flipped over but it was very fun (thank goodness I didn't drowned lol)Miss you guys!!!!

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Daniala

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

The rafting is so much fun and I loved the 9 meter waterfall drop.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Rhys Howell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We rafted the Rangitaiki river. The white water was tame, but you had to paddle very hard to stay online. A great trip, followed by a decent bbq all with very friendly guides.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Toni Keown

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome waterfall!! So much fun! great staff

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Nicnac

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

sledging was great fun - way cheaper than the s island and GREAT rapids. Much more hands on than rafting and really quite thrilling. Awesome guides too.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Mark

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Put our team at rest while keeping it exciting. Blessed the river three times which I thought was nice.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Claire

England

Ranking: 10/10

Very cheap compared to down south.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Stephanie

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Lance was an awesome guide. All very friendly and very safe.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Chris

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

River Sledging. It was great.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Stacey

Ranking: 10/10

I did the Whitewater Sledging. It was fantastic.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Andre Obineche

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Good guys - got us all really involved. Good team spirit.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Hayley

England

Ranking: 7/10

Good staff.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Lindsey Woosnam

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing! Highest rafted waterfall in NZ. Beautiful scenery.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Fred

France

Ranking: 6/10

Too short, but really nice. Guides were really good.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Anneli

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent. Nice, relaxed and friendly.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Tom Anson

England

Ranking: 8/10

Great laugh - good guides.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Neil Cooke

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Rafting and sledging - people who took us made it really fun.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Manuel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome 7 metre waterfall. Really nice guides and a good friendly team.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Tom Clements

England

Ranking: 8/10

Good guides. A little short but value for money.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Richard Kindgren

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

A little short with lots of stopping and starting. Not as fast and exciting as expected

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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ShoshanaAbrams

England

Ranking: 9/10

Really good, but waited around for a bit in the water.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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LauraMarini

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent morning of rafting on a good set of rapids, quite a short session although the price accounts for that.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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Valerie

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Sledging - guides were excellent. Brill experience but it was tough. Much better experience than rafting but you must be fit!!

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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Austin

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Wicked guides. Sorted with first aid too and got a $40 refund.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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AnnaOwen

England

Ranking: 10/10

Fun and Enthusiastic staff really add to experience. Had a brilliant time.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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AndrewEwen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

I felt dissapointed after doing the rafting. They say it is a 7 metre drop but it felt more like 3 or 4 metres and it didn't last very long.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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Helen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Go Extreme!!

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2007