Rafting New Zealand

Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3



For ages 13+2 – 2.5 hours on the river (3 hours base to base)All on-river apparel and rafting equipmentFull safety briefing14kms (8miles) of 60+ rapids

Departure Times:
Summer (1st Nov – Dec 15th & March 1st – 8th Apr): 9am and 2pm Daily
Peak Season (15th of Dec – Feb 28th): 8:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm daily
Shoulder Season (8th of April – April 30th): 8:30am and 1pm daily
Winter (May – Oct) 12 noon Daily

Age Restrictions:
13+ Years (10+ if accompanied 1:1 by an adult)

• 2 – 2.5 hours on the river (4 hours base-to-base)
• All on-river apparel and rafting equipment
• Full safety briefing
• 14kms (8miles) of 60+ rapids
• On-River hot chocolate and chocolate snacks
• Solar powered hot showers and heated changing rooms
• River Dog (hot dog) provided for everyone. (Vegetarian Option as well)
• Beer for adults, soda for children

Free Coffee upon arrival for each person booked
10% off any retail items in the RNZ Store

Winter Includes:
Hot Mulled Wine option for adults

The Best Grade 3 Rafting Adventure in New Zealand

The Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3 is our most popular adventure and the Tongariro River is world-famous for its incredible scenery, pristine water and incredibly rare wild life. Only with Rafting New Zealand will you get to experience the 50+ Grade 3 Rapids of the Tongariro River with an authentic professional Kiwi raft guide.

A unique blend of fun, excitement, adrenaline, education and culture is what you’ll receive with our Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3 Adventure. Experience authentic Maori myths and legends shared by professional New Zealand guides that have a special connection to them; witness some of the world’s most pristine environments from crystal clear waters to native flora and fauna, as well as the chance to see one of New Zealand’s most endangered birds in it’s natural environment – the Whio (or, Blue duck) – famous for its ‘whistle’, rather than ‘quack’. Enjoy on-river snacks and an optional cliff-jump for those feeling confident.

Let’s not forget the rapids! There’s over 50 of them during our 14km (8 mile) journey, and they each have a story our guides will share with you as you rock-and-roll down the river, bouncing off of canyon walls and over boulders in this natural adventure playground we call home.

Afterwards, refuel with a complimentary drink, and a Hot Dog while viewing photos from the trip you can also purchase.

Riding rapids through an awesomely beautiful and untouched natural volcanic gorge is a uniquely spiritual experience and who better to guide you than the professionals at New Zealand’s best Rafting Company?



  • Adult

    18+ years old

  • Child

    3 - 17 years old

  • 2 Adults + 2 Children

  • Couples