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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…”

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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

148 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 12.

Helen Turner's avatar

Helen Turner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Loved everything about our trip and the company! Made a last minute booking the day before for a group of 5 and the whole team were very accommodating. Johnny and Kelly, our guides on the river, were very friendly and very knowledgeable. The hot chocolate and chocolate fish half way down the river were a very welcomed addition, as was the hot pools and soup at the end! We did grade 3 which was the perfect combination of teamwork to get down the rapids, but also some free-time to look at the fabulous surroundings. Stopping to jump off a small cliff was also very exciting.

Would 100% recommend. It will be a highlight of your trip!

Reviewed 21 days ago

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James

Ranking: 10/10

White water rafting - can't thank this company enough. Very professional and friendly instructors - had a blast on the river, weather was cold but we had all the wet weather gear to keep us warm. Loved the hot chocolate and chocolate fish halfway on the river and what topped it off was the soak in the thermal pools and magical hot soup.
What a great team and cool bunch of Kiwis......I highly recommend TRR

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Isabelle_Qc

Ranking: 10/10

Me and friend had an amazing time on the river with Garth, it was "oarsome"! We were the only one in the raft with Garth. Yes yes, they go for 2 peole!
Friendly staff/guide, Garth and Paul welcomed us like at home.
Cleary explanation of the gears and safety rules.
Easy river for those who never done it, just follow the instructions ;)
Stunning scenery! Don't hesitated to jump in the river, super good feeling!
Pick up from Taupo for the White water rafting trip on July 1st for free, please book in advance they will pick you up at 11 am for an incredible journey even on rainy or cloudy days.
Excellent soup!
Good idea the hot pool after the cold of the river.

Thanks also for Blue Duck Project and your involvement in nature conservation/sustainability. It's so important to protect this beautiful land :)
Thank you again for this Awesome trip and can I book for the Access 14? September 16th please!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Laura's avatar

Laura

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth the trip if you're staying anywhere nearby, hands down highlight of our holiday!
They're a really smooth running local operation that let you experience the thrill of rafting while knowing you're in the safest possible hands. We went as a couple but whoever you're with or even if your by yourself and join a group they really know how to build a team out of you quickly. From start to finish the whole experience was fantastic and I'm recommending it to friends left and right for a must do activity!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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ACE Richardson

Ranking: 10/10

Totally awesome, BETTER than expected!!! Johnny was awesome!and Paul, the entire Crew, we'll run and very informative every step... recommend to anyone!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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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 6 months ago and experienced in February 2018

Mel's avatar

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 7 months 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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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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 7 months ago

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 7 months 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 8 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 9 months ago

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Helen Turner's avatar

Helen Turner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Loved everything about our trip and the company! Made a last minute booking the day before for a group of 5 and the whole team were very accommodating. Johnny and Kelly, our guides on the river, were very friendly and very knowledgeable. The hot chocolate and chocolate fish half way down the river were a very welcomed addition, as was the hot pools and soup at the end! We did grade 3 which was the perfect combination of teamwork to get down the rapids, but also some free-time to look at the fabulous surroundings. Stopping to jump off a small cliff was also very exciting.

Would 100% recommend. It will be a highlight of your trip!

Reviewed 21 days ago

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James's avatar

James

Ranking: 10/10

White water rafting - can't thank this company enough. Very professional and friendly instructors - had a blast on the river, weather was cold but we had all the wet weather gear to keep us warm. Loved the hot chocolate and chocolate fish halfway on the river and what topped it off was the soak in the thermal pools and magical hot soup.
What a great team and cool bunch of Kiwis......I highly recommend TRR

Reviewed 2 months ago

Isabelle_Qc's avatar

Isabelle_Qc

Ranking: 10/10

Me and friend had an amazing time on the river with Garth, it was "oarsome"! We were the only one in the raft with Garth. Yes yes, they go for 2 peole!
Friendly staff/guide, Garth and Paul welcomed us like at home.
Cleary explanation of the gears and safety rules.
Easy river for those who never done it, just follow the instructions ;)
Stunning scenery! Don't hesitated to jump in the river, super good feeling!
Pick up from Taupo for the White water rafting trip on July 1st for free, please book in advance they will pick you up at 11 am for an incredible journey even on rainy or cloudy days.
Excellent soup!
Good idea the hot pool after the cold of the river.

Thanks also for Blue Duck Project and your involvement in nature conservation/sustainability. It's so important to protect this beautiful land :)
Thank you again for this Awesome trip and can I book for the Access 14? September 16th please!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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

Laura's avatar

Laura

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth the trip if you're staying anywhere nearby, hands down highlight of our holiday!
They're a really smooth running local operation that let you experience the thrill of rafting while knowing you're in the safest possible hands. We went as a couple but whoever you're with or even if your by yourself and join a group they really know how to build a team out of you quickly. From start to finish the whole experience was fantastic and I'm recommending it to friends left and right for a must do activity!

Reviewed 4 months ago

ACE Richardson's avatar

ACE Richardson

Ranking: 10/10

Totally awesome, BETTER than expected!!! Johnny was awesome!and Paul, the entire Crew, we'll run and very informative every step... recommend to anyone!

Reviewed 5 months 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.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

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 6 months ago and experienced in February 2018

Mel's avatar

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 7 months ago

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

Award-2-24px Congratulations Tongariro River Rafting

Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Rafting Finalist

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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

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 8 months ago

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 9 months ago