Rafting New Zealand



251 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

2 Rafting

2 Turangi



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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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North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi


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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)




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Andrew Taylor

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing morning out on the Tongariro river with RNZ
Booked the Grade 3 trip
From start to finish the whole experience is fantastic, all the staff are extremely friendly and professional. Once kitted out with all the gear our awesome guide Madi did great job guiding us down through the rapids while sharing her knowledge of the area and the river.
Topped off at the end with a cold beer and hot dog, would highly recommend to anyone.

Reviewed 2 months ago and experienced in March 2019

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Ranking: 10/10

Had and awesome afternoon rafting the Tongariro river with Rafting NZ and our awesome guide Charlotte. The whole experience was awesome, slick and very professional from beginning to end with attention to detail from the whole team. Great safety tips and all the gear we needed was provided all we needed to do was turn up with our swimming costume or togs. Awesome to learn from Charlotte on the short bus trip to the river about the local Maori history of this special area. Great fun on the river and Charlotte was a great guide real patient with us, clear instructions and very knowledgeable about the river an made the trip fun. We had fun jumping into the river half way and the had a hot chocolate and chocolate to warm us up. Loved all 52 rapids and especially a beer and hot dog at the end in front of the lovely wood fire with Charlotte, Harry and the team while we watched our videos and laughed at our photos. A great way to spend an autumn afternoon an a must do. You rock Rafting NZ, I recommend anyone travelling through Taupo and Turangi to book a raft with the team you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

From pick-up the staff were friendly and accommodating. The guides were funny and knowledgeable. An unforgettable experience that I would not hesitate to recommend or do again!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Wikitoria Tangihaere

Ranking: 10/10

You’ll absolutely love this activity, great for family outings and spending it with friends! Thrilling and really fun + you have the beautiful views too

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in January 2018

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Jordan Bell


Ranking: 10/10

Loved every moment with all my family!! Was a blessing to enjoy the fun together. Memories like these will never be forgotten with the smiles joy from start to finish. To the guide's can't thank you enough these memories wouldn't be the same and to the lovely lady behind the desk say no more P

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

This is a must do whilst in N.Z. Me along with all my Famz did the Grade 3 rafting trip, what an experience. From start to finish it was packed with Excitement, Adrenaline, Adventure, Laughter, Serenity and Beauty. A huge shout out to all the guides and staff who made this a day to remember.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Awesome activity, beautiful views and people. They offer a range of activities depending on the thrill level you are seeking which is great. This is a must do if your are visiting the North Island! 10/10

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in July 2018

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Kahui's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome atmosphere, awesome guides, awesome company and awesome time spent on the river with the Rafting New Zealand family. Would highly recommend to friends, family and anyone wanting a fun and memorable time on the river.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in October 2017

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Rani Smallman

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience and a great family & friends activity. The river guides are friendly and the rafting trip itself is excellent. Would highly recommend to anybody travelling the north island! 10/10

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in February 2016

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Te Wai

Ranking: 10/10

As we took our lil ones on the trip (ages 5yrs-10yrs), the guides were absolutely amazing. They made our children feel safe, comfortable, excited and gave loads of laughter not to mention the adrenaline rush that the kids loved. An experience to remember for a lifetime. Definitely going back again, the kids reckon they're ready for the next grade up 😁😁

Reviewed 9 months ago

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I did the grade 3 white water rafting at Rafting New Zealand's Turangi facility and it was absolutely amazing! This whole activity is great right from when you arrive up until you leave. The staff here are all so helpful and friendly, I felt very welcomed as soon as I entered. The actual rafting itself was so much fun and I felt really safe doing it. I had Harry leading my raft and he was really good and always checked that everyone was doing okay. I loved how you actually make 2 stops when you are out, 1 to a jump into the water and the other to stop and have a hot chocolate and chocolate fish. I would recommend this rafting experience to anyone, it was such a good 1/2 day out and was so worth it. Thank you so much Rafting New Zealand, I will 100% be back in no time.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Master Bell

Ranking: 10/10

What an awseome experience, the guides made you feel so safe. Thanks so much Rafting New Zealand for teaching me the importance of the river and how culturally significant it is to Maori. Im totally going to bring 4 van loads of my family next time

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Awesome tour guide, highly experienced and a great facilitator with great stories!

Reviewed 11 months ago

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