Rafting New Zealand

Rafting New Zealand

Rafting New Zealand


260 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

2 Rafting

2 Turangi

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

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Rafting New Zealand

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North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi


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Operating Season And Hours

Summer Season (Nov - April): 8am - 6pm
Winter Season (May - Oct): 8:30am - 5pm

Open 364 days of the year (We raft everyday of the year except Christmas Day)


Showing 13 reviews of 260.

Darryll Eliason's avatar

Darryll Eliason

Ranking: 10/10

Rafting NZ are the ultimate professionals. The humor, the experience and the knowledge of technical rafting, the river itself, the surrounding plants and wildlife and culture makes this a 10 out of 10 experience. Cant recommend it enough. My last trip was done with my family, the youngest being 11 and we felt so safe in the knowledge that we had the best guides in and around our raft. We are planning a work team event in November again. It will be another epic adventure.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Had the best time with whanau and our instructor Jess, lots of laughs, Kia Ora Turangi and rafting for supporting the neff Easton, AROHANUI 🥰😁

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Kerry's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Thank you to Pianaka, Luke and the team for an awesome day out. Was the first time in 20 years since I’d been on the river. Awesome set up and atmosphere at the base, safety briefings on point. Forgot how pristine and green our area of this world looks like. Counted over a dozen Whio and spotted numerous other wildlife. Will continually refer friends, whānau and friends of friends to you for the experience. Thank you. But also a personal acknowledgement for what you did for Easton. Ka nui te mihi.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Rose Ransfield

Ranking: 10/10

Rafting NZ are amazing. Most exciting wonderful experience. Our guide was so knowledgeable of the Tongariro. Was well looked after and felt safe throughout the exciting fun rafting ride down the mighty river recommend to everyone

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Tanea Eru

Ranking: 10/10

Ka rawe Rafting New Zealand, Turangi, totally organized, amazing fun, knowledgeable amazing guides especially our guide Owen , felt so safe, never seen this part of our awa it was unreal something that you probably never see unless you go on a Rafting New Zealand seen heaps of trout too. Kia ora to Luke and Pianika for organizing an awesome fund raiser for one of our whanau and kindy tama Easton Trueman

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Tanea

Thanks for supporting the Easton weekend - great to hear you really enjoyed the adventure with us - Nga Mihi Luke

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Chelsie Robertson

Ranking: 10/10

I highly recommend rafting NZ for a fun family day out. We did the river float with our three kids aged 7,9,11 and they had so much fun. This is something we will recommend to friends or whanau coming to Turangi. The trout centre stop off was a bonus as was jumping off the rocks!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Chelsie

Thanks for supporting the Easton weekend - great to hear you and the boys really enjoyed the adventure with us - Nga Mihi Luke

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Jordan Kapinga

Ranking: 10/10

Took a group of 6 to The Tongariro River Rafting on 18th of July. It was also a fundraiser 4 a sick little boy named Easton, where all profits were donated to his family 😘. It was the first time rafting 4 all on our Waka...and we all loved it & had a thoroughly awesome day!!!! Our guide Nic was amazing with us & also happened w be my niece lol 😉 Back at the base we were all greeting with complimentary drinks & hotdogs ... Awesome Tongariro Rafting Team!!! 👌👍❤

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Jordon,

Thanks for supporting the Easton weekend - great to hear you and the whanau really enjoyed the adventure with us - Nga Mihi Luke

Hannah's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Went here beginning of November and so annoyed at myself that I can't remember the names of the guys who took us out!!! They were incredible and made it sooo much fun!! From the very start to the end, they told us fun stories about the mountains on the bus, to hot chocolate and fish on the raft and just overall jokes throughout! We were a party of four with another solo rafter and they made sure we were all inracting throughout. There's even a beer and a hot dog thrown in at the end!! Equipment was great, kept us super warm!! For someone who's never done rafting before, they gave clear instructions on what to do and very thorough on health and safety! Highly highly recommend, such great fun!!! Thank you!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Rafting New Zealand responds:

Kia Ora Hannah

Thanks for choosing to raft with us and for leaving a review - stoked to hear you had a great time

Nga Mihi


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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 almost 3 years 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 about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2019



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 about 3 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 3 years 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 over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2018