Rafting New Zealand

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Peter Parker

Ranking: 10/10

A really amazing experience in superb NZ wildernesses
Went rafting in teaming rain in the middle of winter expecting the worst. The company rugged us up with lots of warm clothes and wetsuits and made sure we were really comfortable. They explained everything to us in the smallest detail and made my family group really confident. The length of the trip was perfect and the guides knowledge of each rapid excellent
My youngest son wanted to come back again tomorrow after the fifth rapid
Well done rafting NZ

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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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 4 months ago and experienced in March 2019

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ELAINE GORDON

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 5 months ago

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Lino

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 9 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 10 months ago and experienced in January 2018

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Jordan Bell

Australia

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 10 months ago

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Storm

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 10 months ago

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Paora

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 10 months ago and experienced in July 2018

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Kahui

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 10 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 10 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 11 months ago

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Poppy

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 11 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 11 months ago

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Damian

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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TB

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome trip run by some awesome people! Would highly recommend!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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James

Ranking: 10/10

Had such a sick day out with these guys. It blew my expectations away. All of the gear is top of the range and we felt comfortable and safe from the very start. Highly recommend giving this a go :)

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years 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 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

Rafting New Zealand responds:

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

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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 2 years 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 2 years ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

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

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Bullet

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wow, what a great experience! Fun, professional guides and really friendly and approachable front line team!
Well done TEAM RNZ - you are a cut above the rest!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Bullet, Thanks for rafting with us and for leaving a review, Nga Mihi, Luke

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Brandon Cassidy

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Incredible day rafting the Tongariro River, jaw dropping rapids mixed with top guides.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Tiwana Tibble

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great fun
Even did the jump
Why not everyone else did woohoo

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Nancy Milligan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Highly recommend! Grade 3 rafting trip. I wasn't too keen at the start but now I want to do it again and do the grade 5 trip. Our guide was the best at entertaining us and looking after us and was so friendly and fun which made for a spectacular trip. It was so much fun that I am still buzzing 3 days later. I just loved it! And the team do a fantastic job at looking after everyone from beginning to end. This is a must do trip for everyone!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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KC B

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Grade 4 - Dam Release trip - AWESOME!!!
Great experience, knowledgeable friendly staff that made you feel safe on the water.
Owen was my guide and great fun.
Highly recommended

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Nicole Murphy

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had an awesome experience!! Great fun and felt totally safe with our guide Jesse, who was a lot of fun, as well as having a lot of knowledge and fun facts about the local area! Must do kiwi experience!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Shadae Gibson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome first time experience!!! Great guide with a great sense of humor. Nice as chocolate fish :-) Definitely cant wait to do it again! Kia Ora :-)

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Mr Bubbles

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Went rafting with these guys on the Grade 3 trip and it was amazing. Greeted by friendly staff on arrival, our rafting guide Owen was very friendly and interactive with all the people on the raft and has a lot of knowledge of the area. If i had 4 hands i would give this company 4 thumbs up.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Sarah H

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a FANTASTIC day on the Tongariro River Grade 3 Rafting Trip!! I had Jesse as my guide and he was great - he had loads local knowledge and some awesome banter.
Loved that it snowed on our trip too!!
Will definitely be keen to do the Grade 5 this summer!!
Thanks Rafting New Zealand!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Therese and Matthias

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Fun, exciting and got the taste for more rafting. Shoutout to Craig for being an awesome rafting guide.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Leila Martley

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Grade 2 rafting on Tongariro River was a massive hit with our seven-year-old - and plenty of fun for us too. The guide was particularly good - added some extra spins and tricks, and had excellent local knowledge and stories. Thanks Nic.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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evan huang

China

Ranking: 10/10

好好玩,下次玩更高级的漂流。

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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liang wan

China

Ranking: 10/10

非常棒的一次体验,全程14km,漂了两个半小时,领队很细心 尤其在漂流过程中还给我们准备了食物..

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Rain Ruan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

It was a CHALLINGE going rafting in winter, But worthy! Impressed by the service we got: We were well-armed with thermol tops and proper swimming suits, boots and helmets. Guides were professional giving direction and explaining every rapids. Afterwards we got hot showers and hotdogs as well as cold beer! And the most important part, the river was amazing and stunning, so many differences from summer experience, great we made it! As Rafting NZ said: we don't just raft rives. We create adventures.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Anders Hauke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Extremely professional and well guided tour. Guides have been very friendly, helpful and enthusiastic.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Oliver Glosby

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This was my first time raftinf rapids. I did grade 3 and it was so much fun! want to hit the grade 5 at some point now. Jerry was a terrific guide and Jack , also a guide was awesome on the route there and back. So happy this was my first time and that much fun!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sassan

France

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome day with rnz! Just fun and enjoying! Thanks everybody! A must do!!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Anna Doßler

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

We chose the Grade 3 and it was not that adventurous. If you like action, you definitely have to take the Grade 5. All in all it was a nice experience but I have definitely done better rafting before. Do the 2pm trip, then you can jump from a waterfall, that's great!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Matt Lee

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

It's not the first time I have been rafting with these guys and I would go again and again. There is no other score I could give except for a 10. Not only was the rafting fantastic, but the service, facilities and staff are great. These guys provide everything - warm clean gear (you could literally arrive in just your undies!), a beer afterwards and even a hot dog (you will be hungry afterwards).

If your thinking about rafting with these guys, stop thinking and just book!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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David Julius

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I did the grade 5 Wairoa on the weekend with the best rafting company in NZ. The trip exceeded all expectations but what set it apart was the professionalism of the Rafting New Zealand staff. Can't wait for the next one! Highly recommended.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Rish Balejko

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

For my first trip down a Grade 5 river, it couldn't have been better. The trip was well organized and the staff were excellent. I will definitely be going back for another adventure. Thanks Rafting New Zealand.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jo Lee

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The rafting was brilliant!...but what really made it was being looked after (and entertained) from the minute we walked in the door to the minute we left. Super friendly, super experienced - from the person making my coffee, to the guy sizing me up for a wetsuit, to the guide taking us down the river. Can't wait to do the grade 5 and raft with these guys again, they know how to have fun!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Judah Wikeepa

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

From the awesome guides who make you feel so comfortable to the most beautiful landscape i have ever seen, such a phenomenal experience topped off with a beer and hotdog at the end. Luke and his team made me feel like family.

I can't wait to bring the missus and take on the grade 5 next time i visit New Zealand. I wish they had this in Australia.

This experience it is an absolute must!!!

Cheers Luke and Jez for a day for a hectic day.

I WILL BE BACK!!!

Rafting New Zealand ALLLL BLOODY DAY!!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Miroslav Bazala

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Company who knows what people want and need. You will not be disappointed. Friendly staff, nice extras, clean gear... A++

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Torran Lepper

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Want a thrill?? Do the Wairoa rafting trip with Rafting NZ!!! Myself and 5 others did the grade 5 rafting trip and absolutely loved it. We had Shannon as our rafting guide and he was fantastic. Very thorough in his instructions and safety briefing which put all our minds at ease. This raft is not for the faint of heart but man it is fun!!! Having done a few rafting trips this one was by far the best. You get the real experience of rafting compared to some others where you are just paddling forward and back.

Recommend this trip to most - groups, couples and older kids.

Thanks again Shannon, Luke, Henry, and the crew at Rafting New Zealand!!!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sue Pagura

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

For our first time rafting it was a very enjoyable experience. All staff were both knowledgeable & professional. Special thanks to Captain Jack who made the ride even more exciting.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Suzy Danko

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I did a lot of research before selecting Rafting New Zealand for my first time white water river rafting. After a great trip, I know I made the right choice. From booking through checking in through traveling to the river, rafting, and then back to their base, the Rafting New Zealand folks and operation were a great mix of professionalism and casual fun. I always felt safe, that's for sure. But it's clear that the team is a real family and their friendliness and adventurousness made for such a fun day. Well done Rafting New Zealand!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Tash Paora

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing experience for us and our children.
We are so stoked with our first time out rafting together, right from the minute we entered the shop to the end of sharing a hot dog, the service was tops! Our Rafting guides Grace and Nathan made it fun, engaged with every person in the raft & of course kept us safe☺
Special shout out to Pianika & Luke. You run a great business! Thanks for creating awesome memories for our kids. We'll definitely be back!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jackie Russell

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience suitable for people of varied abilities. A complete package with white water, cliff jump, Aotearoa scenery and stories, hot chocolate and physical adventure. Fun, experienced and friendly crew running the company.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Kyla Russell

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I had a great afternoon white water rafting with the group at Rafting New Zealand! What made the experience unique was being able to walk up to a waterfall and having the opportunity to jump off it. Our guide Tyler was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience fun!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Selina You

Singapore

Ranking: 8/10

We enjoyed the Tongariro White Water Grade 3+ tremendously and are ready for more! Our guide was very competent and made us feel safe (it was our first time rafting). The water was clear, and the sky a beautiful blue. And the hot-dog and drink at the end of the trip made a nice end to the trip.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Sven Koch

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I had an awsome time with this crew of water crazy people. Super save, great base to get started and to shower and hang out afterwards. Did 2 rafting trips (level 3 and 5) and both are of the finest. Action and nature and lots of information around it.
A must do.
Cheers & thanks
Sven

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Anna Thrift

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Just had the most fantastic experience at Rafting New Zealand on the Tongariro River! Jimmy our guide is such an experienced pro. First time for me and I was nervous, but we were in safe hands, and it was a blast. Really smart professional operation and great hospitality. Awesome!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ashley Wehi

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

If you want to experience a thrilling adventure in a realxed enviroment the crew at Rafting NZ is the place to go. Friendly environment, the crew is amazing and I had a blast on the river! Hot chocolate & choc fish whilst rafting rapids... I mean it really doesn't get better than that! Highly recommended.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Michelle & Mark Forte

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

On my word! What an awesome experience. Owen, you are a Legend. We will 100% be back. We were made to feel welcome and relaxed. Honestly one of the best days of EVER and with every cent! A MILLION THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Kerri Butler

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome day out. Have been rafting before many years ago, but the hospitality with Rafting NZ far surpassed it. Thanks heaps to Owen for making it a fun trip. Also to the rest of the crew :) See you all again

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Dana Calvin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I and my husband went rafting for the first time...it was so much fun. Thanks to our guide captain Jack who kept us entertained the whole time. Had an awesome experience. Will definitely be rafting again. :)

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Tony Bennet

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great trip! Thanks to Captain Jack and Jesse for making this a day ill never forget. Trip was fun. River and scenery were stunning. Will be back for the grade 5. Cheers guys

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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dannielle porteous

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Loved the trip - It was my first time rafting and it was so much fun. We had brilliant guides thanks Shannon & Jess you guys made it fun for me. Even though it was in the winter it wasn't cold. Grad 3 was awesome. Thanks rafting New Zealand for a cool experience.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sharee Lane

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant trip - had been 25 years since I had been rafting - Guides Shannon and Jess were brilliant and informative, I won't be waiting another 25 years to do another trip - Highly Recommend these guys - Even though it is winter I never got cold - these guys are part of a very professional team - GREAT EXPERIENCE

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Michael Bowie

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thanks Grace & the team at Rafting NZ. Paige, Shelby, Barb & Michael had the most wonderful day on the Tongariro River. The girls have not stopped talking about it ever since. They now just want to do the Grade 3!!
Many thanks for a wonderful experience.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jethro Cooke

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome Day rafting on the Wairoa river
very friendly, funny and well trained guides
Would highly recommend this river with the 'Rafting New Zealand' team.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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fran neal

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Thank you team RNZ for a fun packed day in the Tongariro National Park. RNZ provides a fantastic experience. Starting with a free pick up from the hostel in Taupo. Once u get to Turangi they have great facilities for changing.Then your out on the rive,r it's jam-packed thrills all the way, whilst your surround by stunning scenery. Our raft was crewed by Captain Jack,  what a dude..with a great knowledge of the river and surrounding area.  One of the highlights is definitely jumping off a waterfall. A true kiwi experience.
 Thank you again team RNZ. This time the Wairoa Grade 5. Different from the tongariro trip but equally as good. Awesome rafting guides that make you feel at ease straight away. The perfect way to spend a Sunday.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

This was one of the best ways to spend my day off! We had a sweet pick-up from Taupo to Turangi. When you arrive at Rafting NZ HQ you have such a nice atmosphere and amazing staff. I had an awesome crew today to go down the river with and ''Captain'' Jack was an epic legend! Best guide you can get in my eyes! For me this is a #1 day activity you should NOT miss!! Thank you Rafting NZ and see you at grade 5 ;)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Bernd Heimhuber

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We had a wondeful und well organized Rafting tour by Owen and the Team of RNZ in Turangi - trank Young very much!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Bernd, Great to hear you loved the adventure and that Owen gave you such a great time - take care - Nga Mihi, Luke

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Loz Picen

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great time with our 2 kids 9 & 11 who did the grade 3 on 31-12-14, my daughter jumped off the waterfall, staff are very freindly and knowledgable, an absolute great time to see out 2014, thanks heaps Jessie our rafting guide.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Loz, Thanks for leaving a review - super stoked to hear the family loved the rafting adventure and that Jesse gave you all a great time, Nga Mihi, Luke.

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Nico Duval

France

Ranking: 10/10

This trip was amazing. I didthe Grade 3 rafting On the 28/10/2014 The veiws and wildlife are beautiful. The overall experience deserves more than a 10/10. Thankyou to Shannon and Craig they were amazing and funny guides, who kept us entertained while rafting 14km. it seems like a long trip but the flies by making you want more. Thank you to Jack the driver he is very cool and tells lots of stories about the area and about the rafting. He seems very passionate about his Job. Everyone who works there is very nice and the service is AMAZING! They pick you up from your hotel and drive you to their base. (This is optional but very good if you dont have a car) The atmosphere is great The gear is very nice and keeps you warm, I did the cliff jump twice it was cold and they even give you hot chocolate on the river which was a nice touch After the trip you can enjoy a Shower and then you get a free beer and hotdog as well. which i was not expecting. I have been rafting back in France but this is better than them all. The great thing is that they do a variety of trips so if you want to go more extreme after this amazing trip you can do their Grade 5 extreme day which I will definitely be back for over summer. Thankyou so much for a wonderful day

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Nico, thanks for leaving such a great review - great to hear the "Team" gave you such a good experience - make sure you return and complete our extreme day - you will love it, Nga Mihi, Luke.

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Lacey Hollins

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Freaking amazing! This has to be one of the most exciting experiences of my life. We did the McLarens Falls and Kaituna River day. 2 amazing rivers on the same day. Luke and P make everyone feel safe, secure but so pumped up. Their team are awesome people and amazing guides. I would recommend Rafting New Zealand to anyone and everyone. And would for sure do it all over again.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Lacey, thanks for leaving such a great review and for taking on our "Extreme Day" - was heaps of fun to have you on our trip, Nga Mihi, Luke.

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Shay Moon

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

People make a trip an experience of a lifetime. Rafting NZ have the crew that take the thrill of white water rating to the next level of excitement. Each river we went down seemed like it was everyone's first time. The scenery is amazing.
Best activity in the lake Taupo region!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Shay, Thanks for leaving such a great review - thanks for rafting with us, Nga Mihi, Luke

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Tony Holden

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Have always wanted to do an extreme rafting trip and in April got the opportunity with some friends to raft the Kaituna and Wairoa rivers....it certainly didn't disappoint! It was epic...so much fun but always felt safe with the professionalism of the operation and our guide! Awesome guys and can't wait to do it again. This is a must do!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Tony, Thanks for taking on the Extreme Day and for writing such a great review - was great to have you on the raft, all the best, Nga Mihi, Luke.

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Danley Vince

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

the team at rafting new zealand are extremely professional and safe. We had the most incredible day and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. A massive thank you to Pianika and Luke for looking after us. Also Brett was an awesome guide and we had a lot of laughs. Nice work team

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Anahera Whaanga

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had a wonderful day yesterday on Grade 2 of the Mighty Tongariro River! My 5 year old daughter is a first time rafter. She was initially stunned by the whole experience however by the end of the trip she has already planned to go rafting again! Wonderful guides & hosts! Thanks for great day!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Andreas Efstathiou

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

I booked the extreme day for myself and my girlfriend and we had a brilliant time. The entire experience was very well organised, we were provided with loads of kit to keep us warm (some of the other companies only seem to provide life jackets and helmets) and we felt very safe with the instructors/drivers from the company. Before each of the bigger rapids, we were told how we were going to navigate through and what we would need to do and when we needed to do it. This made us feel much safer and made it much easier to enjoy some of the scarier rapids! We were also given a nice sandwich lunch and a bottle of beer at the end of the day was a very nice touch. I definitely recommend using these guys ahead of some of the other bigger companies!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Laura Pugh

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Prior to rafting I was nervous but the fantastic staff and knowledgeable guides soon put me at ease. Rafting New Zealand are awesome. We had so much fun rafting and felt safe the whole time. It was exciting and thrilling and I loved it all. The staff are all so helpful and all go out of their way to help you. We did the 14km rapids (grade 3+) and want to challenge ourselves further by doing grade 5+ next time we are in the Taupo area. Love, love, love Rafting New Zealand and will definitely be back to raft again. Awesome service, awesome experience, awesome time!!!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Adam Burden

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We did the Wairoa and Kaituna rivers on the same day and had a great time.

The trip was very well run. The group was both professional when needed but also relaxed and easy to chill out with. All the guides and the team were both skilled and experienced and were really comfortable to deal with.

All instructions off the water were crystal clear, while our guide Brett, mechanic by trade, was superb both on and off the water. He took us through every situation and was always clear with what he needed us to do. He is super experienced ensuring safety was paramount but also made sure we had the time of our lives.

The rest of the team worked together really well.

If you can afford to do both then do both! The Wairoa river lets you experience a number of Grade 5s, whereas the Kaituna builds up to one seriously awesome waterfall.

I would recommend Rafting NZ without hesitation.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sarah Portas

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had the best time here!!! Jimmy was a great guide :)

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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rafting5664xxqwerty

Ranking: 10/10

We went on the grade 3, stunning ride, great experience. Thought Owen and Brett were superb.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jordan Putt

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I went on the grade five rafting trip after previously doing the grade three trip with rafting New Zealand and enjoying it so much. Grade five was simply amazing, the two rivers we went on were great and the instructor was simply the best. I felt safe at all times while also having a great time on the trip. 10/10 and I would recommend rafting New Zealand to anybody!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Georgia Macfarlane

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had the most amazing day trip with Rafting New Zealand! We completed two grade 5 rapids with a pit stop for lunch in between. Best experience I have ever had and one that everyone should do in there life time!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Kimberley Thomas

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We did the grade 5 trip yesterday and it was absolutely amazing. We were a bit nervous about taking on such intense rivers, but the staff were super onto it and took great care of us. The whole day ran seamlessly and we had a really good time. Definitely a must-do activity when visiting NZ!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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yuk lynn chen

Hong Kong

Ranking: 10/10

Want to let you know that Jimmy was our guide and he is the best. We love Jack and Owen as well. Jumping down the waterfall was so fun. It was beautiful and fun at the same time for the 3+.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Keith Nelson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Two big thumbs up to all the team at RNZ, humorous, informative, and at all times professional, so much fun my 10yr old son and myself did a grade 2 in the morning & a grade 3 in the afternoon, thanks again for making that happen at short notice, we will definitely be back again, recommend this crew to anyone thinking of giving rafting a try!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Tony Billett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I have just returned to Wales, one the main activities i wanted to do whilst in NZ was rafting i spent the morning with my six friends and had a great time which i will never forget. I was not let down and had a great time which was in no small part to our guide Sarah we were a chatty group with lots of banter which she handled really well thanks Sarah and thanks rankers for great memories.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Lisa Kemp

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This was my first time rafting and it was absolutely amazing! All the staff were friendly and energetic and I had the best time ever. I would 100% recommend people to do this!!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Jess Perry

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Really fun trip! The staff were all awesome and they included many things which made the trip even better such as snacks and a cool cliff jump.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Dee

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Just fabulous. Great guide in Brett - felt safe and secure the whole time (and a wicked sense of humour ;)) The weather was cold and raining with snippets of sunshine - just perfect and the scenery.... breathtaking. Jump in a raft (and off a cliff along the way if you feel so inclined) and get down those rapids - way to go.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Tamar Learmonth

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had our first rafting adventure recently with Rafting NZ (Tongariro White Water) and thoroughly enjoyed it.
What a great way to spend an afternoon (even when it’s wet!) the scenery & bird life are an added bonus to the trip. This is a fun family adventure; we had two teenage boys who loved it! We thought the trip was great value for money, a big thanks to Rafting NZ & our guide Shannon - we’ll definitely be back for more!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Aly Learmonth

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

It's a fantastic trip to do in any weather (we did a family trip in the rain!). It is definitely excellent value for money for a half day activity. I was really impressed with the warmth of the gear and the guides had a great sense of humour!! It would be awesome to do it again, and do an overnight trip next. Its stunning bush scenery, lovely water. It was just magic to do this. Thanks heaps Rafting New Zealand, we will be back!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Glen Liu

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

a big thank you for an awesome time at the White Water Rafting. Going through the rapids/falls was exhilarating, and we enjoyed every moment of it. Also a big thank you to our Captains Brent and Nicola. You guys are friendly and adventurous, making this trip a Five-Star experience!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Callum Learmonth

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a professional operation Rafting NZ is. These guys are organised, with great equipment and quality staff my wife and I felt safe and well looked after from start to finish. We were part of a larger family group all on the same raft and it was smiles all round, we has such a great time. We highly recommend Rafting NZ for an awesome experience. Thanks guys.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Bindi Thomas

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I was part of the group of 21 that went rafting last Saturday for my late nephews 21st birthday. I just wanted to write on behalf of everyone in our group, especially my sister (Josh’s Mum), to say thanks so much for such a cool experience. We all had a fantastic time, nothing but good things from everyone was said about all the guides. As well, honestly, I don’t think I’ve done anything previously that has been so efficiently and professionally organised.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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David Butler

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What a great experience from Rafting New Zealand, from the friendly welcome and great coffee, to the professional thrilling experience on the river. Highly recommended, thanks to the team at Rafting New Zealand,

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Raj Paul

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Having done the Tongariro grade 3 (twice), grade 2 (twice) with family, Solo Kayaking etc with Rafting NZ, I would totally recommend to everyone for an awesome time! be it solo kayaking, rafting with friends or with fam, or 4-D theatre experience, you will enjoy it! Especially since the staff at Rafting NZ are so friendly, helpful and take great care of you! Thanks Jimmy, Lee, Kim, Grace, Shannon, Pianika & Luke for making my NZ experience so amazing! Can't wait to do the Extreme Day Grade 5!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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maureen slee

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

The best rafting experience in New Zealand. Everything was quality. Great staff, great equipment, great fun. I will recommend this to everyone I meet !!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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eddieslee

Ranking: 10/10

First impressions are everything! When you arrive at RNZ everything about the place, staff and equipment just says QUALITY. And that in a nutshell is what the RNZ Experience is all about. Grace our guide was awesome, professional and skilled she gave us all the confidence and trust to make it a truly exciting and enjoyable trip. Jumping into a waterfall halfway down the river was an unexpected treat (as if the river wasn't exciting enough). The chocolate fish and hot chocolate were a welcome bonus too after the big jump !! The scenery was stunning, the river was stunning (being spring fed you can drink it safely!) All in all STUNNING IN EVERY WAY:-)

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Jasmine Hall

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

It was absolutely amazing! I had a great day and it was awesome weather too! The guides were funny and just great at what they do! I plan on coming back for more next year when i head back to NZ. Thanks heaps guys!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Quintin Hislop

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I done this trip about 2 years ago and came back to take an overseas friend who had never been river rafting before. The river trip was the same, which was SICK! as in awesome! the only thing that had changed the experience on the river was the crew and in this, Rafting New Zealand have done well. They certainly pick experienced and fun characters. Very professional yet very entertaining and a good chat.
The whole trip from start to finish is a very good one, especially if you love coffee as their coffee is also, SICK, as in awesome and their lounge is real nice to chill in while you wait for the rest of the river goers to arrive. They offer hot chocolate and choc fish half way through the trip and finish off with a hot dog and a well earned beer, not before a nice hot shower of course. 10/10. I hope you enjoy the trip as much as I did.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Melissa Ward

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome Kayak Blast trip!
Jimmy was such a good guide, lots of fun and took great care of us. Yum choc fish at halfway! Beautiful river and scenery.
Finished it off with a hotdog and beer - couldnt ask for a better day out. Thanks guys!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Mungy

Ranking: 8/10

Early January early morning and the most beautiful river experience. Brett our guide was entertaining and very skilful through the rapids. Some very funny stories. A great role model for NZ and Maori. The river was stunning. My nervous fellow travellers wanted to go straight back out and do it again. What a blast and I got the t shirt as well.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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isharpe

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

kayaking the Tongarairo river in inflatable kayaks.
Fantastic experience, with a very professional organization. Superb guide Kim. 4 hrs of paddling in the rapids and a stop for hot chocolate.
Back to the shop for drinks lunch and a look at the photos. We are in our 60s and thought it great. You need to love the water and not be afraid if you fall out.
Thanks Linda and Mike

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Gabrielle & Shawn Scott

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Its not just a rafting trip, its the whole experience that makes Rafting New Zealand such a great company. We went on Saturday and had such a great time that we booked another trip for the next day! The guides are awesome, have some great stories and are fun. Highly recommend a trip with these guys.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jake Sommers

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This was by far the best adventure activity we did on our tour of New Zealand. Having been rafting before we were unsure of how this trip would compare but let me assure you this trip blows all the others out of the water (excuse the pun!) The attention to detail and friendliness displayed by this company and its guides is what puts it above the rest. Our Guides were the perfect mix of funny, informative and safety. The added extras such as maori culture, waterfall jump (optional) and hot drinks at halfway really add to the overall experience. If you are even considering of taking a rafting trip you can't go past what must be the best rafting company in New Zealand!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Emma White

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

My friend and I signed up for an afternoon of rafting. We were met by friendly staff and introduced to our guide Matt. The whole trip was brilliant. good size rapids and plenty of them. We went out with 3 guides in total as it was only my friend and I on the trip. The guides were all well experienced and showed good knowledge of the river and surrounding areas, with a few maori stories along the way! We finished off with a nice hot shower, beer and a hot dog in the chilled and friendly base site. Thanks guys one of the highlights of our trip!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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annette7B

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A huge thank you to Brett, Jimmy and Shannon. We had a fantastic family experience. We had never been rafting before (two children age 12 and 10 ) and loved the grade 3 river. This was an experience we will always remember. Your expertise, professionalism and love of the river all shined through. And you are such genuine nice people. We felt safe, adventurous and part of it. What an incredible introduction to rafting. Definitely love to come back and highly recommend to other families.
Balsillie Family

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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WendyRae

United States

Ranking: 9/10

A great day made even better by how organized the team was and the quality of all the gear. If you have been rafting before sometimes the gear can be a bit beat up, not here!
Adrian shared some great stories of the area on the drive out. Shannon was clear on safety instructions for those newbies to rafting but kept it lighthearted and funny so those who had heard it before were entertained. The sheer number of rapids on this trip make it exhilarating despite the Class 3 rating, so even if you are used to Class IV or V it's worth going. Not to mention the beautiful scenery and crystal clear water! A must do day in NZ

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Emilydodo

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Best experience in New Zealand. The view is breath taking and our guide Luke was really nice. The service they provide is excellent! i'll definitely visit again in summer time :)
Thanks to Rafting New Zealand to provide such a memorable experience.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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justinstewart

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This is the best outdoor trip I have been on with an outdoors provider. Our guide (Shannon) was awesome, he knew his stuff, and was really positive and enthusiastic!

The hot drink half way and small things like soap in the showers and having the heater turned on in the changing rooms just made it even better!

All 5 of us highly recommend this trip! I think we might come back for another one too!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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willmack

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

To Pianika, Luke and Gordy.

Hi Guys,
Just a quick word to say thanks for what was a great day out on the Tongariro river.
Your service, the rafting, your guides, just about everything that day was great.
The pictures you took were excellent and will make a lasting memory of what was one of our best adventures in New Zealand.

Keep up the great work,

Best regards,

William McCormick, on behalf of Dylan/James and Josh

Ps
Say Hi to Bruno as well

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Kiz

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Want a fantastic experience with all the trimmings - this is it! We recently traveled for a few weeks around the north island and although we had done rafting only a week before, we were drawn in by the beauty of the promised sights, experiences and trimmings. We were not let down and were so glad we had booked in. The sights were breath taking, the ride was fun and I loved being part of it all. The cliff jump was so much fun, I thought I'd be a lil cold but with all the toasty warm gear I had on, I continued to enjoy the rest of the ride comfy as. Half way through the adventure we refueled with hot choc and treats which was another opportunity to taske in the beauty of the surrounds - what a magic place. The heated change rooms, hot showers and tasty food at the end was a bonus as we relived our experience by the fire on the big TV. Friendly, funny staff to make the adventure even more enjoyable. You guys have a great business going, all the best, keep it up, we will be back! Smiths from Aus :)

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Kirsty

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

An amazing experience from start to finish, the team at Rafting New Zealand provide exemplary service from when you arrive to when you leave. I would definitely go back and recommend them to anyone.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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PihaIndy

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Luke, Pianika & the Team at Rafting NZ are amazing! We had an excellent experience along the Tongariro River and the awesomely friendly guides made us feel like we were getting the ultimate trip! Loved their attitude and passion. Highly recommend, don't book anywhere else!! Looking forward to seeing you guys in the summer!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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stella71

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Rafting with Luke down the Tongariro ranks as our favourite family activity of all time - and we've done quite a few! Our two boys aged 11 and 14 (as well as Mum and Dad) came away absolutely thrilled after 2 hours coming down 50+ rapids up to grade 3. Despite the exhiliration, we felt completely safe in Luke's hands at all times.

We were a bit concerned about it being the middle of winter and how cold we would get but Rafting New Zealand look after you well and the clothing they provide keeps you warm. 3 of us even volumtarily jumped into the water and none of us felt uncomfortabley cold.

The scenery along the Tongariro is spectacular as well - high gorges, forest and great rapids.

Thanks Luke - it was an unforgettable adventure.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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shackni

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thanks Adrienne!!...we had a great time rafting down the Tongariro River - couldn't believe we did 50 rapids!.. My 3 boys loved the ride.. We had an overcast grey day, but beautiful scenery and a really wonderful guide, with very good knowledge of the history of the area and an excellent understanding of the river - well worth doing!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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LucyM

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Easy to find, easy to book, really approachable staff that make an already awesome experience even better!!! Great scenery, thrilling rafting runs and fantastic company.I would definately book and come on a trip again-Thanks to the team at Rafting New Zealand for making the day memorable, u guys rock!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in September 2011

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Arizona8

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing trip Team RNZ put on with the South Island Safari. From beginning to end it was a well planned epic adventure. Heli - rafting the Perth as the finale epitomized the lengths Luke & Pianika went to to give me/us the adventure of a lifetime. Great food , amazing locations , awesome people , Perfect adventure. Thanks Team RNZ

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in May 2012

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Abbott

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Recently I went on the South Island Safari with Rafting New Zealand. From start to finish I had great time! Everything was extremely well organised, great transport ,great accomadation awesome food and the Heli flights into the rivers were unreal!!!! Would highly recommend this trip to anyone and would love to go again.
Thanks heaps!!!
Michael-Paul.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in May 2012

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BNZ_NewPlymouth

Ranking: 10/10

Recently we completed the South Island Safari, no words can really describe this however these words come to mind - "Amazing", "Surreal", 'Exhilarating" & of course "O for Awesome!". The team at Rafting New Zealand couldn't have done more, their professionalism & enthusiasm were second to none. Thanks guys for the trip of a lifetime!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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joauer

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We just had a totally EPIC experience yesterday rafting on 2 awesome rivers doing the Extreme Day Grade 5 Adventure...with awesome guides who make the most of every situation.....keeping us pumped and on the job...big thrills and wicked drops was is the best....cannot recommend this enough!! and can't wait for more!..
Professional team with a kiwi style what more can I say but thank you!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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nsalter05

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had an absolutely amazing (2nd) trip with the guides on the Extreme course, Grade 5 Wairoa river and Kaituna Falls. My nerves were put to bed by Brett who was an amazing guide, and managed to keep everyone in the boat the entire 3 hours on the rivers, including the 8m waterfall drop! All the extras, lunch, beers, snacks, were such a bonus, and made it a day that I will never forget. Thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable experience. I can't wait to come back again!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Binnsie

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I’m not the sort of person who goes rafting. First off, I am getting chicken as I age. And secondly, it was pretty chilly out today. But I am SO glad I went. It was a fantastic afternoon. All the people were lovely. The guides were knowledgeable, safety conscious and very entertaining. The equipment was all first rate and we were looked after exceptionally well. We started at their welcoming base in Turangi where we got kitted out and had our safety briefing and rafting instruction. We then got bussed a short way up the road to the start point. We didn’t hang about and got on the river quickly. The trip down was amazing. The scenery was beautiful and the grade 3 rapids were just enough to be scary without being REALLY scary. We were very well looked after for the whole trip. Once we got back there were hot showers, hot dogs and hot, err I mean cold beers, and sodas for the drivers. I would totally recommend this trip to anyone.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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ffitz1

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Had a great time rafting with these guys, firstly great building and the staff were amazing put my nerves at ease straight away and were really funny and helpful.
Loved the actual rafting experience, it was a beautiful day in beautiful surroundings of the tongariro river.
My guide Brett was awesome and had great fun jumping off a waterfall, surfing in a rafting boat (which i didnt know was possible) and racing the other guys on the tour.
All in all couldnt recommend these guys highly enough which is why is i will proudly sporting some of their deadly clobber for the rest of my time in NZ and back home.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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sam26

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This experience was well worth it, and having done other rafting in new zealand this was by far the best, the guides were all excellent, and the staff were brilliant! well worth doing!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Deez

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wow totally a must do. What a awesome experience, Beautiful scenery. Plus totally liked learning history about Turangi, Tongariro area. The highlights for me was the primo white water rapids, and the jump off the water fall. Just to top it of we got chocolate fish and a hot milo to warm up and energy half way. Last i want to point out that the staff and guides are totally primo, felt safe the whole time. Just to top of the day, everyone had a hotdog and beer. So see ya all in spring time for the grade 5 experience. Thanks rafting nz me and my mates had a blast

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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cravedesign

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thanks to Rafting New Zealand we had the wickedest trip out on the Tongariro River last weekend. It wasn't just the rafting that made it a great experience but the entire package from the clothing supplied, safety briefing, educational journey to and from the river, after trip hotdogs etc... All the staff were fabulous to us. Some great people - homage to the attitude and enthusiasm of the fantastic managers. Our guide Brett did an outstanding job. He had a wicked attitude and passion for what he was doing... made us think we were super special taking us on extreme lines no one else got to do (although I'm sure he probably says that to everyone!). Made the world of difference. Just wicked.
Great fun, action filled, safe, cultural, personal, exciting, ... everything you could ask for in a rafting experience and so much more. Thanks RNZ!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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georger

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I don't normally go out of my way to write a review but in this case I will make a exception...

We had a group of six ... some who never ever did this before...
I have to say from the minute we walked into the RNZ doors (which is impressive BTW) we all knew we would love it... the staff went out of their way to make you feel welcome and relaxed......

The safety briefing by Lee was to the point and clear..... the bus trip was entertainment plus with a narrative from Kim about the local area ...which even I learned from...

On the river we all felt safe ... even if Matt tried to scare us a few times :) even going down rapids he always kept us all calm as did Lee and Kim in the other rafts when we all came together...

Little details made this so much more than you will expect the calmness of the guides, the out of the way jump off a waterfall totally optional :) the hot chocolate as a little break, the commentary about the scenery and place you travel through was stunning......

Thanks RNZ top notch makes me proud to be kiwi.....

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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hottine

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Another great experience with Rafting New Zealand! Stunned by the great scenery of the Tongariro River, entertained, well informed and savetly brought down the river by our guide Brett and very well taken care of by the whole team we had a great afternoon! The Tongariro White Water trip is absolutly worth the money and perfect not only for first-time-rafters but also for more experienced rafters (this was my 6th time rafting and one of my best!)
Thanks to the whole team, we had a awesome and unforgetable time!
Don't forget to get a coffee... best on nothern island!! ;-)

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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lizy_t01

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thanks Pianika for the fantastic hospitality you and your team gave us, thanks also to Lee for being a great guide. Frist time rafting and loved it, bring on the grade 5's...lol
Loved jumping off the waterfall it was an instant remedy to clear the head! Next time we will definitely bring our boys and friends to enjoy the great experience we did, you guys get the big O for awesome!!!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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JoBullock

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We took our two daughters (7 & 10 years old) rafting in Turangi on 13th Jan 2012. It had been raining and the river was higher then we expected and being our first time I was a bit nervous.! Matt was our guide and he was awesome, he told stories to the girls and really got them involved. We would highly recommend this company and their staff and we will most certainly be back for more. Thanks Rafting NZ, from Jo.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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banana2879

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A seriously fantastic all around experiance. We were greated by Luke and Pianika who were warm, friendly and very inviting.
The trip down the river was a blast to say the least. Our guides Matt and Shannon were awesome. Full of great information, super helpful and a lot of fun! It was an experiance I will never forget. We truely had great time. I would gladly recommend this company and its people any time:)

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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JosieMP

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We recently had the pleasure of doing the white water raft on the Tongariro with our 2 kids (13 and 10) and cannot commend these guys enough for their friendliness, professionalism and ‘wow’ factor. My husband and I have done this before in Australia but this was a first for our kids and they had a blast. Our guide, Luke made us feel extremely welcome and although there was enough adrenaline pumping action and thrills, we felt completely safe the whole time. This was due to the demo before we left base, and the clear instruction from our guide. My kids were particularly delighted when ‘Buddy’ the dog joined us on our raft and they loved doing the rock jump and drinking their hot chocolate on the river – things that made it even more special.
We managed a few action packed adventures during our 10 days in NZ (jet boating, hiking up volcanoes, exploring Geothermal Parks) but this was by far the highlight. It was great to get the photo disc afterwards as a permanent reminder of the experience. We're already planning our next trip in a couple of years, when we can tackle some Grade 5 rapids and Rafting New Zealand will be our first choice . We would recommend this experience to anyone.
Jodie & James

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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mazandbaz4eva

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thanks so much to our raft guide LEE WELLINGTON for an AWESOME time on the Tongariro River!Right from the start the PROFESSIONALISM of the TEAM was of the HIGHEST QUALITY and the HIGHEST STANDARD!!!We were entertained with the stories of the mountains the haka and the river and how it all came to be by LEE which was cool so we learnt a few things as well.Once on the river it was nothing but ADRENALIN RUSH!!The waterfall jump was off da hook!!LEE handled his raft and the river like a pro loved all the tricks u played to that just added to the FUN that we had!!THANK YOU,Luke,Pianika your team are a credit to you!AWESOME!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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sway

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Recently went rafting with Adrien, had a wonderful experience, the preparation, and knowledge was a real credited to the whole team, a great group of rafting guides.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Kiana

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Our family had an awesome time. The staff are very friendly and helpful and our guide John was great (thanks for keeping our 12yr old in the raft). We all had a fantastic fun time and jumping off the wateralll was a huge buzz! A big thank you for going out of your way to drop off my husbands credit card which he had left behind. Highly recommended. Kerry, Terri & Kiana

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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mike3950

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great day, fabulous friendly staff, great base and awesome coffee and the trip was a fantastic adventure.... highly recommended!!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Niccastle

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience from the time we booked our trip to the time we left after it. Wicked coffee (would highly recommend the Deluxe Mocha...mmmm...) and super friendly staff. Our guide Simon had awesome knowledge of the area and the river itself, as did the other guides. I can't recommend these guys enough, perfect trip from start to finish. Will be back next year to tackle the Grade 5!!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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nscalder

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic rafting experience...highly recommended. Well presented premises and very professional team. Friendly and fun atmosphere. Thanks to our guide Shannon. Your service to us was absolutely fantastic...We loved the hot chocolate..and the photos. Thanks a lot. Will deffinately be paying another visit and will upgrade to grade 3 next time.. :)
Keep up the good work....we'll see you soon.
Neil, Sharon, Bailey and Samantha.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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jackson78

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

I was disappointed with Rafting New Zealand after reading all of these great reviews. We did a Grade 3 trip in January and found that the team didn't really gel together and it all seemed a bit routine like. Our guide appeared a bit weary for the morning trip and had limited knowledge about the area when pressed with questions. What saved the experience were the rapids and the gorgeous weather. We had a group of about 30 people (so very big!) and the excitement level after rafting appeared average. We ate our hotdog and walked away without viewing the photos. Unfortunately not a memorable experience and wished we had gone with the smaller company down the road for a more personalised experience. Might have just been a bad day for the team in a busy holiday period.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Brewgardner

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thanks Luke and Team,
We had an outstanding rafting trip down the Tongariro River.
Your guides are very knowledgeable and share their knowledge with the group.
I would recommend Rafting NZ to anyone wanting a great day on the river with a very professional team.
Special thanks to Matt our very professional guide for showing us an excellent days rafting and getting us down the river with no mishaps!!
Don't die wondering give it a go with a great company!!!

Stu, Hope & Phoebe Gardner and Doug Brew

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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adebortoli

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I have never rafted before & had an awesome time! What a great activity to do when you've got a sitter for the babies! Can't speak highly enough about how professional, friendly & welcoming this crew were. We were fortunate enough to have Bruno the dog on our raft. What a tough dog carrying big rocks around in his mouth. Thanks guys for making our trip to NZ memorable. Keep up the good work! Anita & Greig (Melbourne)

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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monni

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

this was a great exerience, well worth the money. the guides where amazing and made it so much more fun. will be going buck there soon to do it all over again

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mueveese21

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Rafting new zealand was the best experience of my life! I loved it! I'd so do it again :) really loved my guide Shannon he was amazing!! ;) I'd recommend this trip to anyone :) the hot chocolate was awesome!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Katiepettigrew

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Rafting New Zealand was the best experience I have ever had rafting. It was so much fun and I would definitely reccomend it to other people who are in the area. The instructors were so welcoming and knowledgable about the history of where we were and made the trip so much better. I particularly loved having John as my guide he was amazing the whole way through the trip and not just him but the rest the staff made the whole experience so fantastic !!! A great way to meet new people and have the time of your life, a must do when in the area.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Maca

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Enjoyed a fantastic family float trip with rafting guide Shannon. Having done a day rafting trip before, the RNZ base is world class, facilities (clean!!!) excellent and all staff and guides professional. Shannon gave us our brief so that even the youngest of our group could understand and we all knew that whilst a lot of fun was to be had, safety on the river was paramount. I would recommend this trip for all family groups and will be going back for the grade 3 + trip with other overseas gifts.
Cheers RNZ
Katy

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Ganga

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Went rafting on a rainy day and was awesome!!! Had John as a guide :) The whole staff team is so friendly and nice. Loved the hot chocolate on the water after the jump in the water falls, loved it too that they had a vegetarian option for the hotdog at the end. Everyone was so kind, even the cat and dog :D I recommend them to everyone. Hopefully I'll be back in the country soon to go try level 5!! Thanks again!!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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hetheringtons

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome, Awesome trip!

After a trip down the Nantahala in North Carolina earlier this year my son and I were keen to do an 'at home' river run, and I can safely say Tongariro with Rafting NZ absolutely fit the bill!

The staff were all super friendly, extremely confident and knowledgeable at their jobs... well, except for encouraging me to jump off that ledge... holy heck that was cold! (but I'm glad I did it anyway :) )

My husband missed out this trip, so I'm sure we'll be back!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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SJMJTL

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Birthday on the river....absolutely fabulous....Kim you are a legend, professional, friendly, safety concious and joined in on our experience...awesome young lady. Would be and have been recommending Rafting New Zealand to my friends and family STILL ON A HIGH

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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scubafaris

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

I went rafting 2 days ago and am still buzzing about it! It was awesome and I can't wait to go again. From when we first showed up to when we were getting our hugs goodbye it was great! The whole staff made me feel welcome and part of the team. They were friendly, courteous and just awesome! Matt was great in the van telling us the stories of the area as we drove to the river! I almost wish the drive was longer to get more stories! Kim was our guide and she was great. She was calm, relaxed, funny and made sure we were safe and having fun! You could tell she loved rafting and made us all love it too! Just great! Everyone should try rafting with this company, I know I will again!!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Caro954

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Had a great rafting weekend, doing the grade 3 and 5 tour! The organistation was just perfect, the crew is really friendly and I had a lot of fun!
I'll be definitly back in summer! :)
Awesome!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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lucyw

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I joined the Rafting New Zealand Team for an overnight trip down the Tongariro River & loved every minute of it! I have rafted twice before & this company is the best by far. Everything is so well organised & they really pay attention to detail. I felt completely safe at all times & well looked after - I could've kissed Luke when he told us they'd brought dry fleeces for day 2!!! :-))). The food was superb & plentiful. The climb up to the waterfall was completely unexpected & the icing on the cake... along with the wine & marshmallows round the campfire, hot chocolate on board the raft & Bruno our canine escort! I can't rave about this company enough... already planning to join them for some EXTREME adventure!! Rafting New Zealand Rocks!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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andreal

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome weekend on the Tongariro Overnighter with Rafting NZ!!!
A big thanks to the whole team for an awesome experience ..everything was perfect and so well organized..Luke and the team worked tirelessly the whole weekend from the hot chocolate at the start to the prep of the raft to the 3 course meal and glass of wine (or 2 or 3) beside the campfire to the hot chocolate on the river to the hot shower and warm changing room ...and of course having an awesome time rafting ..the rafting was fantastic!!..big thanks for Luke and Bruno for guiding us perfectly down the river and big thanks to Adrien for saving me from my quick exit :)

Looking forward to the Grade 5 experience next !!!!

Would recommend RNZ to everyone ..10 out 10 guys !!!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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shague

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A group of 5 of us did the overnight trip on the Tongiriro this weekend and I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone at RNZ.

We were really impressed with the organization and service every part of the company provided. Not just the guys that came with us, but even staff that were not directly involved in our trip were all really friendly and engaging. There were also so many thoughtful nice touches, drinks before and after, marshmallows by the fire, heaters in the changing rooms, hot chocolate on the raft, dry fleecies.

The company provides a brilliant experience, and is a credit to the adventure tourism industry. I’m left thinking what a wonderful impression RNZ would leave on any overseas tourists (or local for that matter). I am going to have no hesitation in recommending their trips to others.

Now were looking forward to our next trip with them.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Tennantm

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Have just done an overnighter on the Tongariro - had an awesome time. Big thanks to Luke and the team for a great weekend. The trip was well organised, well run and lots of fun :)

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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sandwa22

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience with a really fun team!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Deloitte_ERS_NZ

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Our team took part in the rafting at our annual get-together, Luke & Pianika are friendly, efficient and fast at responding to any queries I had, helping to ease the minds of the nervous and assured me the team would be safe and have a ball. The week we were booked to head to Taupo & take part in the rafting was the week NZ had the freak weather, snow in Wellington & Auckland as well as the rest of the country. Luke & Pianika assured me the team would be fine and would not suffer hypothermia and did they live up to their promise. All gear provided, right down to the thermal socks & undergarments the team wore under their wetsuits, the day of rafting was a picture perfect day, but still very chilly, the team were so warm a few of them even dived in for a swim after the rafting. Rafting NZ are very safety conscious and ensure everyone has had a full debrief. The team had so much fun! I know a few of them are considering doing it again with personal friends and family etc. I rave on about these guys and recommend to anyone who will listen, these guys are truly the best.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in August 2011

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Xenathedog

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I'm a kiwi and I can highly recommend RNZ's Tongariro trips. Why? Because I have done it twice. It is that good. The scenery is like Lord of the Rings, the adrenaline levels are Exicted, not Scared, you know you've had a work-out but you're not exhausted, and the operators are nice people. This is the real New Zealand.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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vtribello

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Rafting New Zealand was so good I'm ashamed it's taken me this long to submit a review. Luke and the team have an obvious passion for not only what they're doing but also where they are doing it. It was a fantastic day I'd recommend to anyone. From the smashing about on the river to the classy hot chocolate half way down and the beer at the end, an epic kiwi experience. Chur!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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mrsteed

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A first time rafting and what a awesom experience it has unlocked a adventure side of me I didnt know I had. Our Hosts Luke & Pianika were brillant & will suited to the lifestyle & a great knowledge of the local area. I would recomend this to any one looking for thrills and a fun day out. PS: What a shame Luke is married, all the good ones are allways taken...

Glenn P

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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TommyT

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We have an incredibly awesome time white water rafting with Rafting New Zealand! The team was friendly and the the extire day was run very professionally. We started off at 12pm with the run down of the gear required and the safety briefing. We had so much fun on the day that by the time we got back we were surprised it was 5pm already! It felt we were in a time warp! We highly recommend Rafting New Zealand to anyone out there who wants to spend a good day of safe, yet challenging fun. We Absolutely loved it!

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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potplantman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

'Mary and I are in our mid 50's and took 10 year old Henry out with rafting newzealand in August 2011.
My greatest concern was not the rafting itself but the possibility of getting cold in water chilled by recent snow.
These fears were quickly allayed when we were issued with several layers of clothing in addition to wetsuits helmets gloves and boots.

Luke's attention to health and safety detail was impressive-
And this was surpassed by his leadership of the crew on the water and his ability to guide the raft apparently exactly where he wanted.

Young Henry was initially frightened but very quickly was enjoying every moment- and was even the first to jump in the river at the half way point.
Mary was delirious with the fun of it.
The Tongariro river is a fabulous setting teeming with native birdlife

We all had a fantastic day out ( one of our best ever ) and would recommend Luke and his team to anyone able to paddle a raft.'

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Georgia_and_Paul

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing day! We were are on a high for the whole weekend after the trip, and are already planning our next trip with Rafting New Zealand. A really well organised and friendly operation. Super warm kit and yummy sausage sizzle after too! Brilliant!

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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kathryn_mildon

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience! Friendly people, well organised and streamlined with gear, communication and logistics. Amazing river, scenery, waterfall jump. Would definitely do this again with Rafting NZ

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Bretherton

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Luke and Pianika run a fantastic warm and friendly business. The rafting trip was awesome with loads of communication about what was coming up, great gear, great tour guides amazing scenery and rapids plus a brilliant waterfall jump. Had a brillaint time and would raft with them anytime. Incredible

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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gems

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Found these guys on the internet when planning a winter weekend getaway - and am stoked I stumbled across them!

Loved the NZ music pumping in the shed and in the van on the way out to the river. Also loved the Maori flavour integrated throughout - from the welcome to the myths, made me feel proud to be a New Zealander. Great explanations of safety and descriptions of the rapids all the way down.

The hotdog and cold Monteiths at the end was such a perfect touch and rounded of the day really well (and one of the reasons I chose these guys over their competition haha).

All in all a mint experience, can't wait to tackle some Grade 5's now! Thanks to Luke, Raumati and Pianika :) You guys run a sweet service.

Cheers, Gems & Mark

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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aryav

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

mountains were closed, we called these guys in the morning and they booked us in for that afternoon, I didn't want to do it (honest opinion) but definently glad I did, highlight of my week in new zealand for sure, the guide (Luke in our case) makes you feel very comfortable with a clear display of experience and knowledge, and overall its a very VERY fun activity to do, I highly reccomend everyone should try it out

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Robyn88

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What a great rafting experience! We had a fantastic time, brilliant staff, Luke was an excellent guide and made us all feel really safe. The rapids were great fun and the hot showers, hot dog and beer at the end of the trip topped it off. Would defintely reccommend to everyone!

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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janeti

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

This rafting experience was the best I've ever had! They were sooooo friendly and helpful! The instructions were crystal clear and I felt really safe on the raft! The 'raft dog', bruno was great, as well as the ' hot dog' afterwards. All together, the little things made it great. If you doubt doing a raft, go to this center because you are in great hands, and you will never forget this!

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Pitbull

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This set up is amazing, from the minute you walk in the door you can feel and see the professionalism that the team at Rafting New Zealand have created. The premises are outstanding and immaculate, the gear provided is top quality. We were made to feel welcome and were kept informed every step of the way. Our guide (Raumati) was a legend, heaps of knowledge and was very calm considering the quality of our rafting skills and the predicaments we put him in..lol. This is a must do trip. Luke and Pianika you are a credit to Aotearoa, awesome to see Kiwi's sharing the true Kiwi experience with the world.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Naez

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My cousin Siobhan and I had an amazing experience rafting the Tongariro with Rafting New Zealand. From the moment we met the team we were made to feel comfortable with their awesome Kiwi humour, this also helped hold my attention while we were being taken through the safety tips-which I am very happy about! The van ride to the river was good too with Luke giving us a little history lesson on the way (even a know-it-all like myself can learn something from him!haha). Once we arrived at our starting point the 'Extreme Team' was created. Although we had been told the chance of flipping one of the rafts was like "1 or 2 out of 100"... Team X managed to do this!.... Sorry Raumati (our hero)! But atleast he got the chance to show off his awesome life saving skills, with all of us saved and wanting more! Unfortunately the trip had to end at some point but they put the icing on the top for us when we got to have a beer and take home a CD of the awesome shots Pianika took for us. So, like I said, an AMAZING experience! I'm hooked and can't wait to do it again:) EVERYONE should try this! ☆☆☆☆☆!!!!!!☑

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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taritabaquie

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Man this was awesome.. Grade 3 Tongariro!!!! We had the best time weaving through the beautiful Tongariro, feeling completely at ease (for first time rafters) with Luke, our amazing, energetic and fun "A team" guide, who helped us appreciate the experince even more with his knowlegde of the area and river. Loved the Hot Chocolate and chocolate fish on the water with the other rafts midway, and loved even more the beer and hotdog at the end of an intense day out on the water.. thanks to Lukes beautiful wife Pianika.. The gears were flash! and warm mind..This was by far the easiest 10 outta 10 to award something! You guys were professional but playful and thankyou so much for making it a really special experience for us kiwis!

Kia tau te rangimarie, kia hoarahia te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te karohirohi i mua i to huarahi, Ae! Tarita, Jonni and Kelly

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Karlabalfour

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic opportunity at a great price. Really appreciated that they provided everything needed, right down to socks- it is nice not having to lug wet gear home.
Guides were all super friendly and mine had a great sense of humour to boot. They weren't at all phased by my fear of water but i constantly felt safe knowing they were carrying all of the right gear and pre warning what was coming up next!
Don't let anything get in the way of a new adventure, fears are only to ensure we enjoy ourselves even more when we take on new experiences!
I hope that i get the opportunity to bring others back!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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EmmaKara

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely awesome! Thank you to Luke, Pianika and the crew for an awesome day! My partner Rerei and I did the Grade 3 Tongariro trip and enjoyed every rapid and splash we encountered along the way! The warm shower, hot chocolate and yummy hotdog back at the base after the day's rafting made the day one to remember. We will be proudly showing off our rafting pics and tshirts when we get back home to Aussie. I highly recommend and would encourage anyone thinking about trying out rafting to book in with Rafting New Zealand in Turangi!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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kiwiguy

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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josh

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Best rafting experience in New Zealand!!

Thanks so much to Luke and Pianika we had an amazing time. We went on the grade 3 Tongariro Whitewater with our guide Luke.

The whole rafting experience from start to finish was 5 star.
We were welcomed, fitted with all the latest (warmest) gears given a safety briefing by our guide Luke then taken to the river. On the way Luke filled us in on the history of the land and a few Maori tales which was really entertaining.The rafting itself was the best we have been on, not just because of the river itself but our guide Luke was great, helpful, professional and made us all feel safe.
The hot chocolate and snack half way down the river was the perfect pick me up.

After the trip we were treated to hot showers, hot dogs and Foxton fizz and chilled in front of the nice fire looking at our photos from the trip on the big screen.

Overall we had an amazing time and could not speak more highly of our hosts Luke and Pianika. We will definitely be back.

Thanks heaps, see you soon.

Whitney and Josh

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Rustyd

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

had an action packed day down the river, especially loved the waterfall jump. great hospitality, thanks for an aweome day

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2010

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hammyp

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Luke and P,

You guys rocked me world and my raft!!! Very proffesional company with award winning trips and an excellent beer afterwards. Will be booking on for the next big trip ASAP>

Big shout out to the "young" guides Kim and Matt for the excellent times and the odd swim or two.

-Hamish

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Juls

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome time we had rafting the Tongariro with our family. We did the grade 3 trip and loved it so much I came back with my sisters to share the experince with them. Our raft guide Kim gave us an exhilarating day getting the most out of each rapid, making sure we all got a chance to move around the raft and entertaining us with the stories behind the names of each rapids . We are very impressed with the professionalism of the company which is apparent the moment you walk through the door. They are very welcoming, highly organised, informative, fun loving, skilled team. I highly recommend them them to anyone keen on having an adventurous day on the Tongariro.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Scd44

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I had such an awesome time that I did the trip twice over summer. Very fun and exhilarating. Highly recommend this group

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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jessid

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I've been on 4 trips with these guys this summer and have had an absolutely awesome experience each time, peaking on the Wairoa/Kaituna grade 5 trip. Such a professional, friendly and fun loving group, I always felt like I was in safe hands. I will be back for more trips next summer!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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hakim0101

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

We discover rafting with this company and it was for us a very very good choice! We never forget this experience!
It was on the Tongariro river ; Nature along the river was beautiful.

The crew was so friendly, very professionnal, and we felt us safe!

We enjoy it so much that we would like to do it again on the south island, we choose "Queenstown Rafting", and we were VERY VERY DISAPPOINTED because it was not "rafting" but a very quiet boatride !!! And paid a lot more for nothing !

Sorry for my bad english...i come from Belgium and speak french ;-)

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Canty35

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic trip with knowledgable guides who made it such fun for everyone. Great mix of excitement and new experiences. Loved the jump! A full half day trip with heaps of time on the river and the coffee is great too....Awesome

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2011

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dnlpry

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome day! These guys run an extremely professional yet relaxed outfit, they make you feel part of the team from the time you walk in through the door until you get back in your car and head home! Friendly, fun, experienced guides... they made my daughters birthday treat a day to remember! I am going to have to make this an annual event! :) Cheers guys! (and gals!)

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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TarshKTM125

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic day! Was my first rafting experience and had a blast thanks to the RaftingNZ team.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Khipperson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A fantastic once in a life time experience,great guides great fun. The water falls blew my mind good times, thanks again chaps & chicks (rafting nz team) what kick arse day!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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sscharlott

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

had an awesome day with an awesome crew! can only recommend them.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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the_catalpa

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Been out twice with these awesome folks on three rivers - the Tongariro in November of 2010, and the Wairoa/Kaituna trip more recently. Luke, Nat, Kim, and the rest of the crew are pure class, and a joy to raft with.

Whether you're looking for a first time rafting experience or a shameless whitewater addict (like yours truly) they've got something for you. Their impeccable attention to trip safety means you'll always be in good hands. And despite my best efforts at catching eel on the bottom of Tutea Falls, I never felt like I was outside of my comfort zone.

In short, a top notch North Island rafting experience! Check them out!

-Mitch

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Carolin

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really cool! Good males! Just fun! Sweet as!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Adrian Beckett

England

Ranking: 9/10

Well organised, reasonable prices and a great half day out. We were staying in Taupo and they collected us.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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zxangel

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome guides, very friendly. Hassle free and easy to book. We did the grade3 tongariro river whitewater and now keen to do the Wairoa run now!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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matineeidol74

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Decided to check out the grade 3 raft trip with 4 of my mates after the Tongariro crossing was canceled. The people here were very accommodating and even gave a discount because of our group size. It was an awesome trip. They gave all the gear we needed, had really cool and experienced guides, and even took us into a little gorge to do some rock climbing to jump from a waterfall. After they gave us hot showers, hot food, and cold beer. Well worth the trip and def the best company in the area from looking at others going down the river.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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richardjrussell

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic day with Rafting New Zealand this weekend doing the 'Wairoa-Kaituna Extreme' all day trip. Grade 5 trip on the Wairoa in the morning, amazing bbq lunch on the river bank, then over the 7 metre waterfall on the Kaituna in the afternoon. Outstanding trip.

I have rafted with RNZ twice now (this trip and the grade 3 Tongariro trip - also great) and each time they have excelled themselves. Friendly and welcoming, knowledgable and experienced, highly professional whilst always keeping it fun.

Could not find a fault. Would highly recommend this company to anyone looking to raft in the North Island, whatever level of trip you are looking to do.

Thanks RNZ for an awesome day.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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lycrawford85

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We have just had our second fantastic day out rafting with RNZ. The first, was a great day of grade three fun on the Tongorairo, rafting up to 50 rapids in 3 hours, with time to squeeze in a cliff jump. Great introduction to rafting in New Zealand.

Second day was easily the best thing we have done in New Zealand to date. The grade 5 extreme all day trip on the Wairo, and then our home town river (for now), the Kaituna. Scary at times, although a massive adrenaline buzz, especially our little bonus flip, thanks Matt and Luke!

Professional, accommodating, friendly and fantastic fun! We had a blast and will be recommending your company to all friends who want a similar experience.

Thank you rafting New Zealand!

Libby and Nick :-)

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Daniel Lang

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice guides, it was really funny, very nice base, price was ok.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Jessie Currie

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly staff! Good quality equipment. Grade 3 rapids - great for first timers. Included jumping off ledge (3m), only downside was the dam opened up so water wasn't crystal clean.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Stefan Morris

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Level 3 run, good exciting run for a first time white water rafter. Staff and tour guide were very nice and welcoming. Very beautiful scenery and beer and hot dog afterwards.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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PFA

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Really enjoyed our afternoon with RNZ. A very well organised trip with good gear and chatty friendly people. It was a lot of fun right from the start through to the beer and hot dog to finish. We can thoroughly recommend Luke and his business to look after you.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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wannaraft

United States

Ranking: 10/10

What a fun experience that I will never forget! What made it even better were the friendly guides who had a great sense of humor but were also very professional. I highly recommend that you add this to NZ experience!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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erikp13

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I just came back from my trip to New Zealand and this experience was definetly one of the highlights... We had a great time, the guides were amazing!! (don't really remember their names, but they made the experience even better). I definetly recommend it, if you're every traveleing in NZ.

Thanks guys!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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ewok74

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We had the best time, from the professionalism of the staff to the hot chocolate en route, Thanks to everyone for the experience, even my Dad a non swimmer coped with the day and was soo proud after!!!, I have the faith to even go for the grade 2 rafting next time. Matt and Kim were cool and full of heaps of local area info. GREAT JOB GUYS I HOPE YOU ENJOYED HAVING US AS MUCH AS WE DID BEING THER !!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Lizard

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had such a blast with Rafting New Zealand!!! Although we were a bit nervous to start with because we had no idea what to expect the guides put us at ease straight away with a humourous yet professional safety talk. RNZ guides were fun, friendly and completely professional throughout the whole trip. You could tell they had had a lot of experience out on the water and their goal was to make sure we had the best time. We left the Grade 3 rafting course feeling confident that we could take on a Grade 5 river with Luke and the team at RNZ. Thanks guys for an awesome time!!!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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pamaho

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

We were very much pleased by this wonderfull grade 3 trip.
We had two good guides who made the trip a lot of fun.On the water they provide you with food and drink and afterwards there is a nice snack+beer/soda.
Also well organised and the oportunity of getting a nice DVD with pictures.Many thanks for this great experience!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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bentley_hewitts

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing adventure my family had on the grade 2 section of the tongariro river!! A brillient company to take your family rafting. Are 3 year old must be one of the youngest rafters! We can't wait to come back for some more!!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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austin5

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A great experience for all our family, the youngest being 9 years old. All the children thought it was the highlight of their holiday. Very friendly staff and guides. Can't fault it.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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thebouzaids

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Rafting with these guys down themighty tongariro river with my family was100% world class. Luke and Pianika have created what the Kiwi experience is all about; fun, safe, professional family thrillseeking, and not to mention the friendliest and most experienced guide team around. This should be No.1 on everyones bucket list. Your family will thank you for it. Cheers Luke. See you next time.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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KarenKennedy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Have just returned to the UK after an awesome trip to NZ. One of the highlights by far was rafting with these guys. Our family went on the Grade 3 after easing ourselves in with the family trip a few days prior. My 10 year old who found her adventurous side in NZ was given confidence by our fantastic guide Kim to go for it, and she did, thoroughly enjoyed the rafting and the cliff jump topped it off. I would recommend this company to anyone, Luke and Pianika run such a professional organisation while keeping things fun and informal. The rest of the team were great too. Hope to return sometime soon.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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bigL

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I did the grade 3 river with Rafting New Zealand, it was an awesome river made better by amazing guides. Great value for money and a perfect home base set up made this the best rafting experience I have had on the Tongariro river and in New Zealand, thanks Rafting New Zealand!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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marriners

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We are so pleased we chose this company for our rafting experience. The whole package was so professional and attention to detail was impresssive. We could not fault any aspect, loved the complimentary refreshments we recieved throughout, they were perfect! Awesome, thanks.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Fiona Page

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

As a local you sometimes don't get around to experiencing whats in your back yard and when you live in NZ there's a lot you can miss out on. For all those who have wanted to but haven't got around to it you need to make the effort because this trip was awesome. John our guide was excellent with his knowledge on the area. The trip is well organised right down to the hot chocolate and chocolate fish half way down. I had a lot of fun and the scenery was well worth it. I highly recommend this to anyone whose in half minds. Thanks Rafting NZ you guys are awesome!!!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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fleurtie

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Once again these guys have made my holiday in New Zealand an experince that I wish to renew, will be back once again because can not get enough, the guys all have the best sense of humour and go out of their way to make you feel great and help you to enjoy the experience will be back and will continue to recommond you to anyone that will listen, love you all Fleur. See you soon

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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caprius

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My wife & I had a fantastic time yesterday with these guys. We are a middle-aged kiwi couple who were impressed with this very slick operation. We were treated to a brilliant afternoon on the river with John as our guide, he was just great and gave us a fantastic time. His professional, competent manner and obvious knowledge of the river quickly gave us confidence. Thanks to Luke & Pianika and your team, we will definitely recommend you to others. Kia Ora

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Tanja

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

My rafting experience with those guys was just awesome! Excellent 3+ tour with excellent people! All of them were really friendly and welcome! Brett as our guide was amazing. He knows so much about the whole area, flora and fauna and wildlife and was so enthusiastic, which made this trip for me unique. It's easy to feel really safe all over the trip that even I (I am the one with a little bit of a waterphobia*gg*) jumped into the river from about 2.5m! :)

Thanks a lot for this great day in New Zealand! I know that I'll come back next year!

Greetings from Brisbane!
Tanja

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Nelli

Finland

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic experience! Every single thing was excellent from the booking to the moment when heading back home: staff, equipment, facilities, safety. The most professional outdoor adventure company I've ever seen -perfect!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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gemmamalpas

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent trip with very friendly enthusiastic hosts, plenty of kit to keep you warm throughout despite it being the middle of winter! We will be back, highly recommended

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Kyle88

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome. Just one of about a million positive words that I could use to describe the Rafting New Zealand company.

I recently spent an afternoon with the company battling the water on a Grade 3 river. The experience had everything I expected and more. Between the welcome from Luke and Pianika to the laughs we shared on the Raft with Brett our guide it trully was a brilliant day.

I WILL be returning to the site to battle another river in the near future as the time spent there has left a lasting impression on me. For all those who have already been congratulations and for all those who are going to go, just kick back, relax and enjoy the ride as Rafting New Zealand will do everything else for you! (Except paddle haha!)

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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katiec82

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Myself and 2 friends have just spent the most amazing day Grade 3 rafting with Rafting New Zealand. We had such an awesome day, from being greeted by Luke & Pianika at their lovely base in Turangi, to meeting Brett our guide for the day. The whole operation is run extremely professionally with amazing service, friendly smiles, perfect equipment & a full brief of what we'd be doing for the day.
The value of the trip is second to none. I still think out of all the activities we've done in NZ, this has to be the best value for money! We had about 2 1/2 hours on the river going through approx 50 rapids, from pretty tame ones to quite a few that had us screaming like girls! Brett is an amazing guide who is full of knowledge about the area, the wildlife, and he knows that river like the back of his hand! I loved the fact he speaks Maori during the trip, made it feel really authentic!
The little touches of having a hot Milo and chocolate bar after the cliff jumps, to having a beer & a hot dog afterwards are fantastic. It's these little gestures that make it so special & will keep people returning. We're already thinking of doing their overnight camping rafting trip (during Summer though!!)
I would go rafting with Rafting New Zealand again tomorrow! Keep up the awesome work guys, 11 out of 10!!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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tuyphon

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Probably the best outdoors experience I've had in NZ since we came to live here 3 years ago. We took our 3 and 4 yo children down the Tongariro with Rafting New Zealand, and we certainly will be back for more. Amazing facilities, top-of-the-line gear, finely tuned operation - and most importantly: competent and friendly people. We all had a blast, thanks again !

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Andreas Backes

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I'm enthusiastic ...
It was the first time for me and I have no words ...
This nature of this country is to see the raft and get to know one of the most beautiful experiences in my travels have been ...
Whether the rapids or the deliberate jump in the river ... any time
just great.
I thank you, especially Brett and Nicole for the experience on your river
The hot dogs and beer at the end round the whole thing, of course, right from ...
Too bad that your so far away yet since The Sunday tour is still open ... ;-))
So until next time on the river
Greetings from Germany

Andreas

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Nikki Brown

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I am lost for words. What an absolutely awesome company and tour!!! Pianika and Luke defiantely know how to run an adventure tourism company! Out of all the fun we had last weekend, all 4 of us have definately agreed that this was the high light!! Will (and have) reccommend theis company to everybody. We are alrady planning our next trip to do the grade 5 rafting! Brett was an awesome tour guide!! Loved Bruno as well. Hope to see you all soon either in Waitomo or on the river.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Sam Bishop

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A great experience and alot of fun. The trip on the river had everything with exciting rapids and then calmer, slower areas and we were on the water for a decent amount of time. We got to jump off a waterfall which was fun but the water was freezing! Very friendly staff who made us feel welcome, this includes Dean who picked us up from our accommodation, the shop staff, Luke, and especially John who was our guide. They made the trip interesting and enjoyable. We had a hot chocolate and choccy whilst in the raft and then had a hotdog and beer at the end which was much appreciated. Also loved Bruno (the dog).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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fridays

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Used to be the luge was my favourite thing to do, but now it's rafting. An old unfit bat managed it with family in tow, so anyone can. A must do, you guys were great, THANK YOU. Best value thing we did in NZ by far

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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anaru

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A great deal of fun, especially falling out!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Sam Jones

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Top, top guide (Jon), really good kit and a fantastic run down a Grade 3. One of the best things we did during our trip (and we did loads!!). Hot chocolate provided and chocolate and choice of doing a waterfall jump - the fella did it but I didn't!! Rafting New Zealand were a professional outfit who really looked after us, very knowledgable about the environment and good value for money, super photos too!! - thoroughly recommended.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Anna

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

This was the most exciting outdoor adventure event I've done so far in New Zealand! What it made it so special was not only the amazing Tongariro River with more than 50 rapids and two adrenalin pumping waterfalls but also the super friendly guides! The very special: a hot chocolate after the jumps in the cold water! :-) I'm looking forward to go there again to raft with Luke and Pianika, a very nice couple running the business in a bit different way than usual.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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liz

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What a way to spend the last day of 2009 by white water rafting down the Tongariro River. The scencery was just magnificent. Our hosts Luke and Paniakia were very friendly as were all the staff. Our guide John was fantastic and was very clear on the instructions on what we had to do in the raft. The watefall jump was definetly a highlight of the trip. I am 44 and did the jump. A must do for anyone going to New Zealand. Worth every cent. Liz Victoria Australia

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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stroalki

Trinidad and Tobago

Ranking: 10/10

Our best experience in NZ! Fantastic, professional and fun team, great value for money! $119 for 2.5 hrs on the water + $35 for pics. Enjoyed the rafting, the waterfall jump, the hot cocoa and cadbury's chocolate break on the water (no other company offers this complimentary gesture) and hot dogs and beer/soda back at base! Great equipment as well. Highly recommended! Thanks Pianika, Brett, Doh-ji and Dean!!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jane

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely brilliant guys! Booked ages ago as they could offer grade 3 for older kids then bring younger lad out to join raft for grade 2 so we could all be together. The most beautiful river I have ever seen, 52 rapids to negotiate, waterfall jump was excellent (even I did it!!!) and even provided milo and chocolate to keep us going. Friendly guides and staff, short transfer to and from river, top quality kit, hot dogs after - go with these guys, you won't regret it!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jazman

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience. Thanks to Luke, Pianika & the best guide ever, Brett. Very freindly to deal with, we did grade 3 trip, great fun, especially the stream walking & jumping off the waterfall! Highly recommend it to others as this is the 2nd time we have done this trip with same company, it is so great!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Andre Peklaj

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Das Rafting war super und wir hatten einen ganz tollen Tag! Besonders aufregend war der Sprung den Wasserfall runter. Vielen Dank nochmal an das Team - ihr macht einen klasse Job, weiter so! Andre und Simone

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Hmabch

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Thanks guys for looking after our whanau so well. We had a great day on the river. The teenagers loved the upper section of the river, best of all the waterfall jump. The rest of the family enjoyed the fun paddle down the lower section - enough rapids to keep the little ones excited and some stunning scenery and wildlife inbetween. Our five year old wanted to paddle back up the river and do it all again when we finished. All around a fantastic day. Thanks too for the photos - great keepsake. We'll be reviewing these in future family Christmas get togethers...

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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saswoo

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

Thanks Luke and Pianika for an AWESOME experience! My wife and I did the White Water Experience and it was totally unforgettable!!! From the time we entered the office and till the time we left, we were made to feel so much at home. Pls keep it family-run as it is what makes you stand out from others. Will definitely recommend to others! Pls give our love to Bruno! And thanks for the great beer and hot dog!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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zenzen

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome experience. The staff were fabulous - fun, friendly, and so knowledgeable about the area. What a gorgeous part of the world, and to share it with such great people was awesome. You can tell that this is a family business, I can't say enough good things about them. Highly, highly recommended, and I would definitely go again!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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kiwifamily

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

now that's what we call AN EXPERIENCE...highly recommend to all,get out there and enjoy RAFTING New Zealand at it's BEST..Lush scenery,perfect conditions and GREAT friendly staff,wicked guides,fun, enthusiastic team..awesome feel about the base nice and cosy,very welcoming.. well looked after by Luke and Pianika...a BIG highlight was having Bruno (the team dog) to accompany us..BIG cuddles to the little champ Tawhai..a guide in the making...keep up the great work...you will definitely see us in the future...

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Cayla Perry

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I first heard about Rafting New Zealand from the internet. Through doing further research I got in contact with the owners/operators, Luke & Pianika. They would answer every email, any question, and helped to set us up with a great trip. My friends and I are students studying abroad in New Zealand and they made us feel right at home. From the moment we stepped in the door, they introduced themselves and made great effort to remember each of our names. I could not have imagined how much I really enjoyed the whole experience. It would rate it 20 out of 10 if possible. They are fabulous people and the whole crew was just awesome, including our other guide John. Very helpful and fun people to be around. I wish I had more time in New Zealand to do it all again, but I would recommend them to anyone, young or old. This was my first time rafting and I did the Grade 3 Tongariro White Water route and it was such an adventure!! I'm ready to go again.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Kia Ora Cayla,

Thank you for writing this review, we are stoaked you had a great day out with us... Hope you guys had fun in our little village.. Take Care

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Emz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

For someone who can't swim and is scared (petrified even) of water sports this was the most thrilling experience, I just loved it. I want to go again and I will. But it wasn't just on the water, it was the whole experience, our Guide Brett and the other Guides, our hosts Luke and Pianika and the atmosphere back at the Office. We are definitely going to get more people to come with us over and over again.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Jason Wood

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Everyone in our group had a great time! Jumping off the cliff into the freezing cold river was crazy, but fun! Super friendly staff made the experience that much more enjoyable! ! We're already planning our next rafting trip with RNZ, we'll definitely be back for more!! Cheers guys!!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Dudley

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I just spent two weeks in NZ and our Tongariro White Water Rafting trip with 'Rafting New Zealand' was the highlight of our holiday.

The team at RNZ have and enthusiasm and professionalism that sets this company apart from most other tourism operators.

I can highly recommend a rafting trip with these guys - It's great value for money compared to other 'experiences', you will be well looked after and will not be disappointed.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Siobhain O'Shea

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Had an absolutely fantastic experience... was CLASS!! Pianika the owner is so friendly and helpful, a really kind person.

The actual rafting was brilliant, the scenery was beautiful and the guide was really informative.

REALLY recommend, was best day out ever..

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Cat

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I was going to walk the Tongariro Crossing but when I arrived in Turangi it was a very wet couple of days so thought as I was going to get wet any way why not have some fun and go rafting for the frist time.

And Im hooked it was great fun with Pinanika (joint onwer whith Luke)picking me up in town and chating away. I did the 1/2 day and loved every second I was in a raft with 2 other guys (this was their second time) and 2 guides who were soo such fun and very informative.

getting to jump off a waterfall for the frist time 2 will get any ones heart racing but do it!! you wont regret it.

The milo and chocolate towards the end of the trip hits the spot so does the hot spa back at base.

with free pick up and drop off in town, the friendlyness of the people it will be a adventure that will stay with you, one i will be doing again!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kate

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great afternoon rafting down the Tongariro River! Awesome scenery, and the best staff around! Definately recommend this to everyone! ;)
The only bad part was we had to leave straight away to get back to work!!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Caron Dzermajko

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We rafted the Tongariro on the Tongariro Overnighter trip and it was the best rafting adventure yet. Luke and Pianika, the Owner/Operators of Rafting New Zealand, are just the loveliest people you would ever want to meet. They were very responsive when we were planning our trip and most accomodating and hospitable during our adventure on the Tongariro.

Formerly, my favorite rafting had been The Lac-Saint-Jean River, just north of Quebec City, Canada, but the Tongariro has some really interesting rapids with a couple of technicals that are a 4-4.5 and the most beautiful scenery ever witnessed! The water is so crystal clear and clean that you can drink it right out of the river (something I would never do in Canada or the US). Despite rainy, cool weather (the trip was at the end of December), our guide made sure we were safe, happy and comfortable. We had several opportunities to jump off 12-30 ft. ledges into beautiful, deep, clean pools of water with a 40 ft waterfall as a backdrop for one jump. The pictures the rafting company took were really good and gave us a nice way to remember what a fun time we had. For the overnight camping, Luke, our guide cooked up a first class meal with our choice of beverage and main course and even cooked up a bacon, egg and potato breakfast with fresh fruit and juice the next morning. All this, after a couple hours of rafting, an hour or more setting up the campsite and a half day of rafting to look forward to the next day (and all in the rain!), but Luke didn't complain or give less than 100% the entire trip...what a trooper! All the equipment was supplied by Rafting NZ, which made traveling easier because all we needed to bring was our sleeping bags, bathing suits and warm clothing. I highly recommend rafting with Rafting New Zealand www.raftingnewzealand.com, you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kelly

England

Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly staff & great value for money. Get to see beautiful parts of New Zealand you can't see from the road.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Leanne

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wow!! what can I say??
This was a fantastic experience for me. Luke took us through the steps of rafting in clearest possible way and at no time did I feel unsafe. They catered for all of our abilities. I was impressed with their Knowledge of local history. Extra little touches made it even more memorable. Luke and Pianaka definately took us on an adventure I will never forget..

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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scott ross

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

hey guys best rafting eva beautiful river top guides with a wealth of local knowledge cant wait to get up there and do it all again i have ranked luke and piankas rafting so HIGH as they went above and beyond all expectations taking only two of us at last minute friendliest bunch of people you'll eva meet i highly recommend this rafting experience to any one and every one with any fitness level {Luke dose most of the paddling} Cheers guys scotty

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Andrew

England

Ranking: 10/10

Very helpful and friendly. Great knowledge and experienced on the river. Also, a free spa after we got back from the chilly waters - lovely!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago