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Rafting New Zealand - Tongariro Whitewater

Join Rafting New Zealand for the ultimate kiwi whitewater experience - take on over 50 exhilarating rapids on the pristine Grade 3 Tongariro River. A fantastic adventure not to be missed!


  • Exhilarating experience over 14 kms including more than 60 rapids
  • Stunning scenery along the Tongariro River
  • Ultimate Kiwi adventure for thrill seekers
  • Epic 2 hours of grade 3 rafting with an experienced guide

Tongariro White Water Adventure ex Turangi

(Transport from Taupo Available)

Join Rafting New Zealand for the ultimate kiwi whitewater experience, taking on over 60 exhilarating rapids on the pristine Grade 3 Tongariro River.You'll raft 14km through spectacular scenery, stopping ¾'s of the way to explore the hidden Puketarata Waterfall, (Optional & weather permitting).You'll enjoy on river hot chocolate and snacks whilst floating through the Rangipo pooland when you arrive back to our base we have hot showers waiting. Enjoy our legendary 'Hot Dog' (Vegetarian Option available)with a cold NZ beverage whilst viewing your trip photo's.This is Aotearoa's best half day rafting trip.So book now to secure your seat!

Trips departing Turangi:

8.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm in Summer and 12pm in Winter.

Transport pick up from Taupo by arrangement 1pm for the 2pm trip (conditions apply)

Duration: Allow 4 hours with up to 2.5 hours on the river.


  • An epic 2 hour plus of Grade 3 rafting on the famous Tongariro river with a professional, experienced, and fun kiwi river guide.
  • All rafting equipment including safety gear and up to date, top quality river apparel.
  • On river hot chocolate and snacks.
  • Transport from accommodation if required. (Conditions apply)
  • Spacious changing facilities, clean toilets and hot solar powered showers.
  • A delicious river dog. Frankfurter, fresh roll, balsamic onions and a choice of sauces.
  • A selection of beverages available including: A cold NZ Beer, or soda. A Hot Malt Wine or a Tea of your choice.

When completing your booking form please supply a contact phone number, along with a contact email address. If you have an international phone number or aren't non-contactable you must ring us (using the phone number supplied on your booking confirmation email) to confirm final trip details, 24 hours prior to trip time.

Photos of your adventure are available for purchase at the end of the day!

Meeting Location 41 Ngawaka Place, Turangi

Adult $179.00
Child $149.00 (10-17 years)

What's included

  • 2-2.5 hours rafting
  • All rafting and safety equipment
  • Hot showers and heated change room
  • River Dog (hot dog), snacks, hot drink, soda, beer (vegetarian option available)
  • Experienced and professional guide
  • Transport from Taupo available (conditions apply)


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • Raft Base Location: 41 Ngawaka Place, Turangi.
  • Pick up Location: Peter Pans Travel 29 Tongariro Street, Taupo.


  • Minimum age: 10
  • Children aged 10 - 12 years old must be under the supervision of an adult, 1:1 ratio.

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Nessa from New Zealand wrote on 15 November 2020

Best Water Rafting Experience in NZ

Truly recommend white water rafting with Rafting NZ in Turangi. Awesome guides!! Amazing scenery!! Receiving a hot chocolate while on the river is a special treat! Best white water rafting experience in NZ!

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Kia Ora Nessa! We are so lucky to have such an amazing river on our back door step! Thanks for choosing to tackle the rapids with us :) Kind regards Team RNZ

Tim Kent from United Kingdom wrote on 15 July 2020


Two UK pensioners, in week 20 of a four week visit that started in February, ventured down river with Rafting New Zealand. No other words than Awesome!! With snow on the ground, the water foaming white, kitted up we were exhilarated for over two hours. A "Once in a lifetime experience" with an expert company

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Erica Clark from New Zealand wrote on 25 April 2021

What an amazing experience and team!

My partner and I went rafting with the team on the last day of their season. It was incredible! The team were all so upbeat, helpful and kind. We had Hannah as our raft guide, she was fantastic and gave us such a fun, adrenaline filled time to remember. Thanks to Hannah and the rest of the team, you guys rock. I wish I could add more stars ! Don’t miss out on this experience.

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zacv from New Zealand wrote on 23 March 2021

Amazing trip

We had an amazing time, it was fun and full.of adventure, highly recommended to anyone wanting to give rafting a go. You will not regret it! Very experienced guide with a wealth of local knowledge, gave another side to the while rafting adventure by hearing some local history/ stories.

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kaiyuanl from New Zealand wrote on 11 March 2021

Amazing day of rafting

Jess was a great guide, had a good time on the river, and a pleasant surprise with our 5th guest joining us during the last 1/5th of our journey (Indy)! Would recommend and do it again!

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