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North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi

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

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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Mark Haydon


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!

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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Ranking: 10/10

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

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Ranking: 8/10

Fun for sure. Good for first time rafting. Little bit of adrenalin but not that much. Nice landscape and great gifts (sweets, hot chocolate, hot dog and shower).

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Philip Piel


Ranking: 8/10

It was a fun experience but not that challenging. I would recommend to do the Grade 5 one. All in all worth it.

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Ranking: 7/10

Very fun but not very challenging.

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Jessica Ruhland


Ranking: 10/10

This action activity was a really cool adventure. It took us over about 60 rapids!

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Patrick McIvor

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Our family of five did the rafting trip on Monday 28 March. We all had a fabulous time, great value and great fun. Thanks to Andy for driving us and to Will our helmsman who is very sociable and engaging. Some of us rafted the river 10 years ago and it was just as much fun rafting it again. There was no lowering of safety standards and still plenty of fun times to enjoy. Jumping off the rock was a great add on and another challenge for some of us - I don’t remember doing that last time

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Uschi Pongratz


Ranking: 10/10

We had a great time with our awesome guide Angus, on the Tongariro River.

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful and fun.

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Funny Schutt


Ranking: 10/10

Fun afternoon with nice guide and people. We had a good time. We also got a sandwich buffet at the end with LOTS of nice fresh ingredients.

I do recommend them without hesitation :-)