White water rafting

River rafting - Huka Lodge | Taupo Luxury Retreat | New Zealand

River rafting

Raft over 50 plus fun, exciting rapids on the Tongariro River on pristine, clear water, through native flora and beside volcanic cliffs. You will see spectacular wildlife, lots of trout and regularly see the endangered native whio whio (blue duck). You can also walk up a stream and jump off the hidden Puketarata waterfall, (optional and weather permitting).

A professional, experienced and fun kiwi river guide will look after you during the journey.

Bring your own swimsuit or dry underwear and a towel, and you will be fitted out in up-to-date, top-quality river apparel, wetsuit, fleece sweaters, life vests, swimming shoes and helmets.

Spacious changing facilities, clean toilets and hot solar-powered showers are provided as well as refreshments.

Departure Times:  

  • Summer (01 Nov. – 15 Dec. & 01March – 08 April) – 9.00am & 2.00pm

  • Peak Season ( 15 Dec. – 28 Feb.) – 9.00am & 2.00pm

  • Winter (May – Oct.) – 12.00pm

Complimentary transfers provided on the 2.00pm afternoon trip.

(minimum age 13 years, 10-12 years, if supervised by adult 1:1 ratio)
NZ$179.00 NZ$149.00 

Exclusive White Water Rafting – Grade 3

Departs at 11.00am with complimentary transfers (to be requested in advance), and includes a delicious Huka Lodge picnic hamper.
Approx. 5 hours in duration.

NZ$1,265.00 NZ$1,490.00 NZ$1,715.00

White Water Rafting – Grade 5

The Tutea Falls on Kaituna (Okere) River, Rotorua, is the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, at an almighty 7 meters. There is plenty of time to build up anticipation, and practice your newly acquired skills in the rapids with two smaller waterfalls before the big drop.

On average around 1 boat in 20 will flip upside down at the bottom of the big waterfall, however all the major rapids are followed by calm water, so there is time to get the boat back upright and get everyone back in. Safety is paramount, our expert guides have been riding these rapids for many years, and they still love every minute of this thrilling experience!

This trip is suitable for all active people 13 years and older. An adult must accompany children under the age of 16. Allow 1 hour 15mins to get to the base and then a further 2-2.5 hours for the excursion. (45-50 mins in the water - swimwear and a towel are required)

Departure times:  

  • Winter – 10am & 2pm
  • NZ $109.00 per person (prices may vary depending on operator used)

All prices quoted above are inclusive of a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST).