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North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi

Experience the Thrill of Rafting, Aotearoa Styles!

Kia Ora, Welcome to Rafting New Zealand, NZ's most awarded rafting adventures (best rafting business in NZ 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). A family-run business, established since 1991, we only offer the best river trips in Aotearoa. We pride ourselves on our friendly, Kiwi hospitality. We raft rivers ranging from grade 2-5, so there is something for everyone. Your safety is our first priority. So, we only use experienced, fun, professional Kiwi River Guides. At Rafting New Zealand we incorporate Maori, New Zealand Culture to give you a truely unique experience. So book now to Experience the Thrill of Rafting - Aotearoa Styles!

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Email: info@raftingnewzealand.com

Website: Rafting New Zealand

Phone: 0800 VOLCANO (865-226)

Phone (intl): +64 7 386 0352

Turangi Address:
41 Ngawaka Place, Turangi

Taupo Address:
47 Ruapehu St, Taupo

Operating Season And Hours: Summer Season (Nov - April): 8am - 6pm Winter Season (May - Oct): 8:30am - 5pm Open 364 days of the year (We raft everyday of the year except Christmas Day)

236 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 19.

Victoria's avatar

Victoria

Ranking: 10/10

i had fun thank you very much I would so do it again zack and Kyle yous are the man. From the bro Mauretu the little boy that was here

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Erica

Ranking: 10/10

awesome as trip on the mighty tongariro river! So thankful to Pianika, Luke & our Nikau for making today possible for our new team!

Awesome!! Mean

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Mark Brabyn

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome day out for the family. Right mix of adventure, fun and excitment. We will definitely recomend to friends.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Blake

Ranking: 10/10

Had an amazing trip with Rafting NZ. Great service and amazing experiences. Definitely recommended to everyone.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Arizona

Ranking: 10/10

Had an awesome rafting trip. I found it so exhilarating and an amazing experience which I would highly recommend!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Aaron

Ranking: 10/10

We took the family on this river trip and had a wonderful experience. As it is getting colder and we had just had the cold snap come through, I was wondering how warm the children would be but the gear Rafting New Zealand provided us with was awesome and we all were so warm that we all did the cliff jump into the river at the end.
Really enjoyed the hot drink at the trout farm, and the amazing guide Luke who made the whole morning exciting and fun.
One of the children said it was the best thing they had ever done in there life, and as far as awesome family experiences go, I would have to agree it ranks at the top of our family’s list.
Thanks Rafting New Zealand.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Heather

Ranking: 10/10

We did the Grade 3 Tongariro rafting trip, and it was EPIC! I could not recommend enough. The team were fantastic, it was incredible value for money, and the scenery just outstanding. I felt like we saw a side of NZ that you would never see by driving or walking. I have rafted many different time all over Canada and NZ, and this was by far by favorite trip. The rapids were constant and fun the whole time we were on the river. If you are considering, YOU MUST DO IT, you wont regret it.
Thanks to the team for such an incredible experience!!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Suzette

Ranking: 10/10

We all Had a fantastic trip on the river. Lots of fun and adventure. A large group of us went and it catered for all different ages. A must do experience!
Thanks to the professional, entertaining guides!!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Tulip Te Whata

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you so much Rafting New Zealand! We had an awesome time on the Tongariro River, and it was great to be able to introduce my brother, his partner and my niece to our wonderful new home here in Turangi!
It was all of our first times White Water Rafting, and my son and niece had just turned 10 – so we were all very nervous. But from the minute we walked into Rafting New Zealand, we were warmly welcomed, and our guide Zach was awesome!
He, Liv and Kayla, who were also guiding, kitted us out with wetsuits and all of our gear and ‘Race-Car’ Reece drove us to the river while Liv shared special Maori stories about the area that also impressed our Auckland whanau and were able to really connect them with our new home.
Zach kept everyone entertained through the entire trip and went out of his way to make sure the kids were safe and all of us were smiling throughout the entire trip – no more nerves!
We can’t wait to do it again!

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Vicki Mayo

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had an awesome experience on the tongariro river with my family. Our guides Zach and Johnny were great hosts and made the whole trip very exciting. Highly recommend this company.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Sharon Madsen

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had an amazing time with NZ Rafting. The staff were so friendly and our guide Kayla Mayo was absolutely awesome.
Highly recommend this company!!!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Sharon, Thanks for leaving a great review, Nga Mihi Luke

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

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amanda pritchard

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We dropped into Rafting Adventures in Turangi just for coffee.... its such a cool place with so much going on we couldn't help but end up talking with Jess (who was making our fabulous coffee) about the various Rafting options on the Tongariro River.
We booked the 'Tongariro Whitewater - Grade 3' to have a NZ adventure with our boys aged 10 & 11... definitely a bucket list tick.

Rafting NZ supplied all the clothing and gear to keep us warm and safe. You don't need to bring anything more than a swimsuit and a towel. I was concerned about being cold but I was totally warm and comfortable. Kayla who drove us also took photos from start to finish so we have a collection of pics including some awesome action shots on the river.
Jessie was our guide, he has been down the river 700+ times so its easy to feel completely looked after. He has so much knowledge of the river and the local area and such an all-round nice guy to spend the time with.
We had a amazing experience on the river, the boys loved the excitement of the rapids; sometimes a bit scary....and very wet - it was so much fun. Jessie found some cool waves for us to ride. We even had hot chocolate whilst soaking up the serenity.....
When we returned and after hot showers it was lovely to warm up in front of the fire with food and drinks and to see our photos flicking over on the big screen...

The team of young people at Rafting NZ are happy and engaging and positive.
Thanks to you all for a wonderful experience....
Amanda Chris Gareth and Blake

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Amanda, Thanks for leaving such an awesome review of your experience with us, Nga Mihi Luke

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JessicaAnne

England

Ranking: 10/10

We rafted at the start of July - we were expecting it to be very cold on the river, but with all the gear that Rafting New Zealand provides we were kept nice and warm!
Hot Chocolate and chocolate fish went down a treat and gave us some much needed energy to get through to the end of the trip (amazing 2 hrs on the water).
A nice touch at the end of the day was hot showers - we are traveling in a camper van so these were greatly appreciated! We were told at the end of the day that these showers were solar powered, great to see that these guys care about the environment and carbon footprint!
Finally finish the day off with a hot dog and a cold beer or hot mulled wine - devine!
We will be back!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Jessica, Great to hear you loved the adventure with us, Nga Mihi, Luke

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Victoria

Ranking: 10/10

i had fun thank you very much I would so do it again zack and Kyle yous are the man. From the bro Mauretu the little boy that was here

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Erica

Ranking: 10/10

awesome as trip on the mighty tongariro river! So thankful to Pianika, Luke & our Nikau for making today possible for our new team!

Awesome!! Mean

Reviewed 4 months ago

Mark Brabyn's avatar

Mark Brabyn

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome day out for the family. Right mix of adventure, fun and excitment. We will definitely recomend to friends.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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

Blake's avatar

Blake

Ranking: 10/10

Had an amazing trip with Rafting NZ. Great service and amazing experiences. Definitely recommended to everyone.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Arizona's avatar

Arizona

Ranking: 10/10

Had an awesome rafting trip. I found it so exhilarating and an amazing experience which I would highly recommend!

Reviewed 4 months ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Aaron's avatar

Aaron

Ranking: 10/10

We took the family on this river trip and had a wonderful experience. As it is getting colder and we had just had the cold snap come through, I was wondering how warm the children would be but the gear Rafting New Zealand provided us with was awesome and we all were so warm that we all did the cliff jump into the river at the end.
Really enjoyed the hot drink at the trout farm, and the amazing guide Luke who made the whole morning exciting and fun.
One of the children said it was the best thing they had ever done in there life, and as far as awesome family experiences go, I would have to agree it ranks at the top of our family’s list.
Thanks Rafting New Zealand.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Heather's avatar

Heather

Ranking: 10/10

We did the Grade 3 Tongariro rafting trip, and it was EPIC! I could not recommend enough. The team were fantastic, it was incredible value for money, and the scenery just outstanding. I felt like we saw a side of NZ that you would never see by driving or walking. I have rafted many different time all over Canada and NZ, and this was by far by favorite trip. The rapids were constant and fun the whole time we were on the river. If you are considering, YOU MUST DO IT, you wont regret it.
Thanks to the team for such an incredible experience!!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Suzette's avatar

Suzette

Ranking: 10/10

We all Had a fantastic trip on the river. Lots of fun and adventure. A large group of us went and it catered for all different ages. A must do experience!
Thanks to the professional, entertaining guides!!

Reviewed 4 months ago

Tulip Te Whata 's avatar

Tulip Te Whata

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you so much Rafting New Zealand! We had an awesome time on the Tongariro River, and it was great to be able to introduce my brother, his partner and my niece to our wonderful new home here in Turangi!
It was all of our first times White Water Rafting, and my son and niece had just turned 10 – so we were all very nervous. But from the minute we walked into Rafting New Zealand, we were warmly welcomed, and our guide Zach was awesome!
He, Liv and Kayla, who were also guiding, kitted us out with wetsuits and all of our gear and ‘Race-Car’ Reece drove us to the river while Liv shared special Maori stories about the area that also impressed our Auckland whanau and were able to really connect them with our new home.
Zach kept everyone entertained through the entire trip and went out of his way to make sure the kids were safe and all of us were smiling throughout the entire trip – no more nerves!
We can’t wait to do it again!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Award-1-24px Congratulations Rafting New Zealand

Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Rafting Winner

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Vicki Mayo

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had an awesome experience on the tongariro river with my family. Our guides Zach and Johnny were great hosts and made the whole trip very exciting. Highly recommend this company.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Sharon Madsen's avatar

Sharon Madsen

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had an amazing time with NZ Rafting. The staff were so friendly and our guide Kayla Mayo was absolutely awesome.
Highly recommend this company!!!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Sharon, Thanks for leaving a great review, Nga Mihi Luke

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

amanda pritchard's avatar

amanda pritchard

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We dropped into Rafting Adventures in Turangi just for coffee.... its such a cool place with so much going on we couldn't help but end up talking with Jess (who was making our fabulous coffee) about the various Rafting options on the Tongariro River.
We booked the 'Tongariro Whitewater - Grade 3' to have a NZ adventure with our boys aged 10 & 11... definitely a bucket list tick.

Rafting NZ supplied all the clothing and gear to keep us warm and safe. You don't need to bring anything more than a swimsuit and a towel. I was concerned about being cold but I was totally warm and comfortable. Kayla who drove us also took photos from start to finish so we have a collection of pics including some awesome action shots on the river.
Jessie was our guide, he has been down the river 700+ times so its easy to feel completely looked after. He has so much knowledge of the river and the local area and such an all-round nice guy to spend the time with.
We had a amazing experience on the river, the boys loved the excitement of the rapids; sometimes a bit scary....and very wet - it was so much fun. Jessie found some cool waves for us to ride. We even had hot chocolate whilst soaking up the serenity.....
When we returned and after hot showers it was lovely to warm up in front of the fire with food and drinks and to see our photos flicking over on the big screen...

The team of young people at Rafting NZ are happy and engaging and positive.
Thanks to you all for a wonderful experience....
Amanda Chris Gareth and Blake

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Amanda, Thanks for leaving such an awesome review of your experience with us, Nga Mihi Luke

JessicaAnne's avatar

JessicaAnne

England

Ranking: 10/10

We rafted at the start of July - we were expecting it to be very cold on the river, but with all the gear that Rafting New Zealand provides we were kept nice and warm!
Hot Chocolate and chocolate fish went down a treat and gave us some much needed energy to get through to the end of the trip (amazing 2 hrs on the water).
A nice touch at the end of the day was hot showers - we are traveling in a camper van so these were greatly appreciated! We were told at the end of the day that these showers were solar powered, great to see that these guys care about the environment and carbon footprint!
Finally finish the day off with a hot dog and a cold beer or hot mulled wine - devine!
We will be back!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Jessica, Great to hear you loved the adventure with us, Nga Mihi, Luke