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Address: 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-345 6543
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07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s...

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall. Kayaking is available as freedom hire or a guided tour. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim only accessible by boat.

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Awesome Broonz family adventure

Had yet another amazing adventure today. Great experience with this team of experts. Our guide was awesome, thanks Mike. He read our family well and ensured we all had a great... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jan C
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had yet another amazing adventure today. Great experience with this team of experts. Our guide was awesome, thanks Mike. He read our family well and ensured we all had a great experience with loads of professionalism but fun at the same time. Felt safe the entire time, got some raft time and swim time! Well done to a great team.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great company and guides we had a ball on the white water rafting and sledging. They are very safety conscious and really taking care of you. Do yourself a favour and do it.

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Thank Scott E
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of four rafted the Rangitaiki with guides Josh and Aiko. We had a great day, lots of fun, fantastic guides (skilled, knowledgeable and fun), amazing scenery, challenging rapids and great photos captured at the end. Highly recommended!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks to Josh our guide on this amazing white water experience! Team Scotland and team America nailed 7 meter drop

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Thank Garry R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was by far the best fun we had in New Zealand ... all the guides were so friendly and really good at what they do! As soon as my son and I finished we wanted to do it all again! So much fun, thank you! Oh and the photos were fantastic!!

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Thank Jodie L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my family of 6. We had the best guide mad Josh from Alabama. Great fun, felt completely safe and well informed of how to handle riding the rapids and 7m water fall! Is well worth doing if you're in NZ!

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Thank Mikaela M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I rafted with River Rats when holidaying from Australia recently. I have rafted a few times in Australia and this company was just a good as any company I have been with. I would have preferred to raft the Rangitaiki river purely because it was longer time rafting, more technical, my wife hadn't rafted much and still... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have rafted a couple of times before (I'm certainly no expert). River rats were very professional and safety of all participants was key but having fun was also important. I did this with some friends to do the Kaituna rafting trip. The scenery is absolutely stunning, the water was surprisingly warm, Josh our guide was fabulous. To my mind,... More 

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Thank linda c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I have done several of these adventures around the world, and this one was by far the best. The best run, The most professional, The best equipped, and doing the largest waterfall available to the tourism trade, you want all these things. Well done to the crew at River Rafts. We thank you

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very professional operator who made the trip down Kaituna tons of fun. The river has some great rapids/ drops and the 7 metre waterfall is pure adrenaline, particularly when you capsize as we did! The capsize was no reflection on the skill of the guides (Jordan and Josh) though as we all felt in great hands throughout. Thrill-seeking teens and... More 

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