Tongariro River Rafting



156 Rankers Reviews

14 Face-to-Face

2 Rafting

2 Turangi



The Pristine Upper Tongariro River is stunningly beautiful


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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North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi


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Operating Season And Hours

Open Daily from 8am




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Peter's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We did both the North and South Island for a 2 week family holiday. We found the Tongariro Family Float in the top 2 things to do in NZ as a Family. It has a great blend excitement, fun, education and good humour for both kids and parents. Great guide and hospitality both on the river and back at the shop. 👍👍👍

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Ben's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

I love tour operators who put people first, and Garth and the Tongariro River Rafting team clearly do that.

My experience began with a ride around the Tongariro River Trail. I was provided with a quality e-bike, helmet and map and was sent off feeling comfortable about the adventure ahead of me. The trail is fantastic, no significant challenges, shared with walkers and anglers and offering fun for all skills of all ages. Riding over the suspension bridge and getting the views of Turangi was a highlight.

Then it was into the cold water gear to hit the rapids. Our guide To was sensational. Knew his stuff, communicated with passion and had us covered every step of the way. You're well looked after with again, high-quality gear and experienced local knowledge.

The Tongariro River has to be experienced to be believed. Over 60 rapids across the 13km run, it's impossible to not be immersed in the beauty of the river. The trip itself was just sensational - To brings along hot chocolate for a mid-run break, along with chocolates to munch on. We also had the chance to see the Whio (Blue Duck) and Rainbow Trout on a few occasions. There is the chance to get out and swim and the footage they capture (including 360 degrees from a GoPro Fusion) are great for memories. Lastly, you wrap up by being driven to Tokaanu to warm up again in the thermal pools before returning back to the shed for warm soup and bread. Just an unreal complete experience.

I honestly can't recommend this team of legends enough. Seriously, a must do adventure for your trip to the Lake Taupo region.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Gary Walker

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic day and an Oarsome experience. We booked as a treat for our work team to say thank you for all their hard work and had the best experience ever. All of our Team finished wet, exhilarated and with huge cheesy grins at the experience we just had. With a fantastic guide in Rennie and awesome scenery to fantastically huge trout lots of fun rapids. I can definitely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to give rafting a try. Finished the day with a warm up at the hot pools and then the best home made tomato soup and bread before heading home. Well done guys and thanks for an awesome trip. Will definitely be coming back for more.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ian's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This was a three hour trip down the wonderful Tongariro River near Turangi. What a great day out. Great introduction and briefing, great scenery on the river with plenty of challenges and white water. Our guide Charlotte was awesome with her stories about the local landmarks and superb handling of the raft. Would recommend this for everyone

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Rowella Bacwaden

Ranking: 10/10

We had an awesome experience at the river and the staff were nice too ( hi Finn 😊😊)....thank you soooo much for the fun day. If you are in NZ then this is a must-do !!!!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Eileen H

Ranking: 10/10

There were 23 of us, 16 adults and 7 children. We had 3 boats and each instructors are great! Our one is called Jade he made our 2 hours water rafting a memorable esp we hv 4 kids under 10. Highly recommend everyone to this. $75 each so worth the $! Will definitely come back again!

Reviewed 9 months ago

Brad's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place, amazing experience, team was super knowledgeable, funny and even put on a lunch afterwards!
Look forward to going back for the same thing over!

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Jared London

Ranking: 10/10

The river trip is so much fun and in such a beautiful part of the country. I liked that they had a shuttle which picked me up from Taupo, very handy as a solo traveller. The guides were funny and made sure we were looked after, getting a dip in the hot pools as well as some delicious soup at the end.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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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 12 months ago

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James's avatar


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 about 1 year ago

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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 about 1 year ago

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Laura's avatar


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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago