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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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A well organised rafting adventure. We are a family of four with both kids in late teens. The staff were friendly and informative and the rafting was excellent. Although not as... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2016
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South Australia, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Great morning on the water here (and the water is so warm!) with fun guides, beautiful scenery & fun drops over the falls!

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Thank Taryn W
South Australia, Australia
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

A well organised rafting adventure. We are a family of four with both kids in late teens. The staff were friendly and informative and the rafting was excellent. Although not as many rapids as previous experiences in Canada there were 2 waterfalls which were exciting and you get to hop out the raft and float through a set of rapids.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2016

An exceptional experience! Great guides and equipment. The Wairoa River in particular is a must for anyone interested in white water rafting. Definitely recommend!

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Thank brendane821
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

We hadn't done white water rafting previously, but we will be doing it again. The river rats team introduced us to it in the best way possible. They were professional but still fun. Mike guided as with Dave as our safety kayaker. It was a great day!

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Thank Daniel R
Tyler, Texas, United States
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

As a former guide, I know a good rafting company when I see one, and River Rats fits the bill. The outfitter was well-organized and clean, and all the equipment was well taken care of and up to date. Our guide was professional, funny and friendly. He did everything he could make sure we were safe and had a great... More 

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Thank Jimmie P
Auckland, New Zealand
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

If you are ever in Rotorua, get yourself to River Rats (by the airport) stat! We were a bunch of 40+ (with one 50+) and we rafted the "highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world", being the Kaituna river. Oh yeah we did! It was 45 minutes of extreme good times. On arrival you are given wetsuits, booties, and warm... More 

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Thank Becksandgary
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Very professional. Guides are second to none. Way better than at home. Did the 3-4 and afterwards wished we'd done the 5's. Go for it!

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Thank jway0
Melbourne
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

I needed a bit of coercing to do this with the hubby, but really glad that I did! As a non-swimmer, and first time rafter, needless to say I was a little unsure and anxious but comforted by many recollections of others who had never rafted having gone, and come out the other end with a smile. Ross, our guide... More 

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Auckland
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

This trip had a nice mix of squealing excitement and serene beauty with amazing tour guides. This experience was great for both me (25) and my mum (57)!

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1 Thank Jacqui B
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

We loved this! The guides are very professional and friendly - you can tell they definitely love rafting. The river is scenic and the rapids fun.

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