Tongariro River Rafting, Taupo Region, NZ - 143 travel reviews for Tongariro River Rafting
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Welcome to Tongariro River Rafting sharing our passion since 1987 At Tongariro River Rafting, we’re the most experienced outdoor adventure company on the Tongariro River. We create journeys and share stories, come and join us today.

Whitewater Rafting
Prepare yourself for one of the most stunning white water rafting adventures in New Zealand.
You’ll start your unforgettable adventure with an on-shore safety briefing and paddle instructions with one of our experienced guides. You and the rest of the crew will then begin your white water rafting journey on grade 3 rapids – an ideal grade for experienced paddlers or first-time rafters.
In 2.5 hours you navigate over 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids with an expert guide at the helm. Throughout the trip you’ll be treated to sights only accessed by raft. If you’re looking for things to do in Taupo, book with us and enjoy the spectacular unspoilt wilderness and adrenalin-pumping action!

Family Fun Trips
Every rapid tells a story – you’ve just got to know how to read it.
To discover the land, follow the river in this leisurely 1.5 hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro.
The magic of rafting comes alive for first time rafters, those who prefer a gentler pace and children. You still get to paddle and there are some small rapids to navigate but nothing too wet or wild.

Raft Fishing
The Tongariro River is world famous for its trout fishing. Most of the upper river however can only be reached by kayak or raft.
This wilderness section of the river, with its crystal clear pools and unspoilt runs, gets minimal angling pressure compared to the lower Tongariro and can therefore deliver exceptional fishing.
The upper river is open to anglers from December 1st to May 31st each year. For anglers seeking uncrowded waters and large numbers of quality fighting fish, this can be trout heaven.

Mountain Biking
We’re Southern Lake Taupo’s most experienced mountain bike operator
We’re Southern Lake Taupo’s most experienced mountain bike operator. We’ve been doing this since retro helmets were just helmets!
Southern Lake Taupo has some of the best mountain bike country in New Zealand. We know trails that ride through ancient beech forests, alongside magnificent trout rivers and past huge volcanoes.
We also have exclusive access to 3,800 hectares of trails including a genuine backcountry sheep station – some of the finest Taupo activities you’ll experience.
As we like to say “Trails end but tales continue…”

Learn more…

The Pristine Upper Tongariro River is stunningly beautiful

The Pristine Upper Tongariro River is stunningly beautiful

Contact

Email: info@trr.co.nz

Website: Tongariro River Rafting

Phone: 0800 10 10 24

Phone (intl): +64 7 386 6409

Turangi Address:
95 Atirau Road, Turangi

Operating Season And Hours: Open Daily from 8am

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143 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 11.

Wayne Smith's avatar

Wayne Smith

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I had the recent opportunity raft the Grade 3 white-water section of the Tongariro River with Tongariro River Rafting. It was an absolute blast!
Our guide was fantastic, was very informative and she encouraged us to ask questions about the river, the area and wildlife she was a helluva rafter. He gave us clear instructions yet still made the trip very fun. Hot chocolate and chocolate fish a great personal touch.
We would absolutely use Tongariro River Rafting again and certainly recommend to visitors to the area. A fantastic trip and the chance see a part of the Tongariro River that cannot be visited any other way.

Reviewed 16 days ago and experienced in February 2018

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Mel

Ranking: 10/10

Best time ever and this would have been my 3rd time down, awesome experience and would recommend fully. An additional bonus was that the river was up which made it more action pack fun experience 🤩

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Thea :-)

Ranking: 10/10

Wow what can I say such an awesome team to go rafting with!! Friendly and awesome staff who definitely go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and ensure you have an awesome time on the river - which is beautiful!! Hot chocolate and chocolate fish a great bonus on the trip! Thank you all :-)

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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William Webb

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful experience grade three rafting for a couple of hours and a refreshing dip . A professional team

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Mrs Smith

Ranking: 10/10

Although we have lived in the Tongariro area for some time and have rafted previously, I had never rafted on the Tongariro River until late February this year. We were lucky enough to raft on a quieter day with only the guide and a young Scotish couple so we had plenty of action and an awesome time. I even jumped into the river from the rock (and apparently screamed loudly). This is an activity that can be enjoyed by young and old alike but certainly enhanced by the exceptional service of TRR Staff. Thanks Team TRR for making this a memorable day for a couple of "oldies"!!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Katelyn Mills

Ranking: 10/10

Was insane - loved every minute of it. Especially the hot chocolate while swimming in the river. A memorable experience that is recommend for everyone. Perfect weather when attended, was challenging but the instructors were really cool.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Songyang Liu

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

It was a rainy day when I went to rafting and I was afraid it's gonna be canceled. But it turns out the rain brought some extra fun! Really skilled and friendly guide, shout out to Finn who did a fantastic job at keeping everyone safe and happy. It's not dangerous at all, however you will have just enough excitement to keep your heart pumping. If you haven't tried out water rafting yet, this one should be on the top of your list.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Kim

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Many thanks Togariro River Rafting I had an excellent experience from start to finish. The company was well organised and efficient. Equipment was to a high standard. The guide was technically competent and inspired confidence in his leadership. Furthermore, he had exceptional communication skills and was able to interact with a clients with an ability beyond his years.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Mark Haydon

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent! Will, Floren and the wonderfully bearded Angus looked after us with competence, passion and flourish. Never was there any feeling that we weren't in safe hands, so the thrilling journey could be enjoyed to the max. Will provided knowledgeable narrative of the geology and fauna, and the hot chocolate en route was very welcome. John, the bus-driver-come-photographer took some great shots from static locations, whilst Go-pros and sundry water proof cameras captured a wide range of additional worthy keepsake images. Highly recommended!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Renee Kemp

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Scenery was great, the whole experience was worth the money and the instructors definitely made the difference between a good trip and a great trip.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Cherie Kemp

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had a really fun afternoon. Great trip from the minute we were picked up by Garth. We had heard a spiel from Angus the day before and decided to give it a go. It was everything and more than what we expected. The hot pools and hot soup were a fantastic way to finish the trip and warm up 😆Thanks Justin for the thrills and spills!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Kathryn Sherlock

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Couldn't have expected more out of Tongariro River Rafting!! Had an amazing and breathtaking raft, accompanied by Garth an exceptional guide and finished off with much needed hot pools and warm soup! From the great complementary ride to and from Taupo, to the amazing hospitality, to the incredible range of photos taken, the team provided a very memorable experience which we would definitely do again! It was great fun, a thrilling experience and the most amazing value for money!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Lengxi

China

Ranking: 10/10

Great fun, awesome guides, good preparation, fantastic scenery and river.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Wayne Smith's avatar

Wayne Smith

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I had the recent opportunity raft the Grade 3 white-water section of the Tongariro River with Tongariro River Rafting. It was an absolute blast!
Our guide was fantastic, was very informative and she encouraged us to ask questions about the river, the area and wildlife she was a helluva rafter. He gave us clear instructions yet still made the trip very fun. Hot chocolate and chocolate fish a great personal touch.
We would absolutely use Tongariro River Rafting again and certainly recommend to visitors to the area. A fantastic trip and the chance see a part of the Tongariro River that cannot be visited any other way.

Reviewed 16 days ago and experienced in February 2018

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Mel

Ranking: 10/10

Best time ever and this would have been my 3rd time down, awesome experience and would recommend fully. An additional bonus was that the river was up which made it more action pack fun experience 🤩

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Thea :-) 's avatar

Thea :-)

Ranking: 10/10

Wow what can I say such an awesome team to go rafting with!! Friendly and awesome staff who definitely go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and ensure you have an awesome time on the river - which is beautiful!! Hot chocolate and chocolate fish a great bonus on the trip! Thank you all :-)

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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

William Webb's avatar

William Webb

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful experience grade three rafting for a couple of hours and a refreshing dip . A professional team

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Mrs Smith's avatar

Mrs Smith

Ranking: 10/10

Although we have lived in the Tongariro area for some time and have rafted previously, I had never rafted on the Tongariro River until late February this year. We were lucky enough to raft on a quieter day with only the guide and a young Scotish couple so we had plenty of action and an awesome time. I even jumped into the river from the rock (and apparently screamed loudly). This is an activity that can be enjoyed by young and old alike but certainly enhanced by the exceptional service of TRR Staff. Thanks Team TRR for making this a memorable day for a couple of "oldies"!!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

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

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Katelyn Mills's avatar

Katelyn Mills

Ranking: 10/10

Was insane - loved every minute of it. Especially the hot chocolate while swimming in the river. A memorable experience that is recommend for everyone. Perfect weather when attended, was challenging but the instructors were really cool.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Songyang Liu's avatar

Songyang Liu

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

It was a rainy day when I went to rafting and I was afraid it's gonna be canceled. But it turns out the rain brought some extra fun! Really skilled and friendly guide, shout out to Finn who did a fantastic job at keeping everyone safe and happy. It's not dangerous at all, however you will have just enough excitement to keep your heart pumping. If you haven't tried out water rafting yet, this one should be on the top of your list.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Kim's avatar

Kim

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Many thanks Togariro River Rafting I had an excellent experience from start to finish. The company was well organised and efficient. Equipment was to a high standard. The guide was technically competent and inspired confidence in his leadership. Furthermore, he had exceptional communication skills and was able to interact with a clients with an ability beyond his years.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Mark Haydon's avatar

Mark Haydon

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent! Will, Floren and the wonderfully bearded Angus looked after us with competence, passion and flourish. Never was there any feeling that we weren't in safe hands, so the thrilling journey could be enjoyed to the max. Will provided knowledgeable narrative of the geology and fauna, and the hot chocolate en route was very welcome. John, the bus-driver-come-photographer took some great shots from static locations, whilst Go-pros and sundry water proof cameras captured a wide range of additional worthy keepsake images. Highly recommended!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Rafting Finalist

Renee Kemp's avatar

Renee Kemp

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Scenery was great, the whole experience was worth the money and the instructors definitely made the difference between a good trip and a great trip.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Cherie Kemp's avatar

Cherie Kemp

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Had a really fun afternoon. Great trip from the minute we were picked up by Garth. We had heard a spiel from Angus the day before and decided to give it a go. It was everything and more than what we expected. The hot pools and hot soup were a fantastic way to finish the trip and warm up 😆Thanks Justin for the thrills and spills!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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

Kathryn Sherlock's avatar

Kathryn Sherlock

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Couldn't have expected more out of Tongariro River Rafting!! Had an amazing and breathtaking raft, accompanied by Garth an exceptional guide and finished off with much needed hot pools and warm soup! From the great complementary ride to and from Taupo, to the amazing hospitality, to the incredible range of photos taken, the team provided a very memorable experience which we would definitely do again! It was great fun, a thrilling experience and the most amazing value for money!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Lengxi's avatar

Lengxi

China

Ranking: 10/10

Great fun, awesome guides, good preparation, fantastic scenery and river.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016