Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Go Rafting in Rotorua

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There’s nothing like the thrill of grabbing your mates and conquering the white water rapids and epic waterfalls of Rotorua’s waterways. We reckon it’s a Rotorua Must Do (we might be a bit bias!). Is rafting in Rotorua on your bucket list? Does it seem a little overwhelming? We get it – here are five reasons why you shouldn’t go rafting in Rotorua…

1. I’ve never rafted before

No experience is just fine! Most people who join us at Kaitiaki Adventures have never rafted before! From experienced rafters to total newbies, everybody is welcome and will be guided through each moment by our superb guides. If it’s your first time, it will be all the more memorable – a true once in a lifetime experience!

2. The water will be cold

You’ll be having so much fun you won’t even notice the cold! But, really, the Kaituna river is warm all year round. We’ll also give you a wetsuit (every size imaginable), booties, a lifejacket and helmet. You’ll be all rugged up for the adventure, and we promise that the cold will be the last thing on your mind as you race down the white water rapids!

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One trip down the Kaituna, framed with stunning ferns, and you’ll wonder why you never rafted before!

  1. 3. I’m not a good swimmer

Non-swimmer are totally welcome! In the event you fall overboard – have no fear – your trusty life jacket will keep you afloat, and our guides make sure you’re back on board in no time. They know the river well, and love the rapids. They will guide you through what to do in the water, and in fact, some of our guests think that falling out of the boat is the best part.

  1. 4. I’m travelling on a budget

Rafting with Kaitiaki Adventures is so much more than just floating down a river. Our guides weave local knowledge, history and stories in with the epic adventures. You’ll come away knowing a bit more about Aotearoa (New Zealand), and māori culture, while enjoying views of the lush native bush. Not to mention, you get to experience the mighty Tutea Falls –  the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall! Rafting in Rotorua really is bang for your buck!

  1. 5. I’m not much of a thrill seeker

Once you go down Tutea Falls, you may change your mind about what you are capable of! If you’re not after a big adrenaline rush, though, we also offer a more laid back experience on the Rangitaiki River. There are a few rapids to keep things moving, but you will also pass through beautifully scenic native forests that ring with birdsong.

So what are you waiting for – no more excuses! Come join us on the water, and we promise you’ll come away buzzing about the thrill and excitement of a day out rafting in Rotorua.

  • Review of: Cath Hagan
    If you havent already been white-water rafting then this is the BEST place in the world to have a go!
  • Review of: Sarah H
    Be prepared for an adventure, the views are stunning, and the sense of awe and accomplishment at the end was amazing.
  • Review of: Tristan P
    A must do! Our guides Cam & Curtis were amazing and really funny. Definitely the highlight of the month.
  • Review of: Caradis A
    What an amazing time! We had so much rafting fun, even though at first I was terrified. Will recommend this to everyone.
  • Review of: Te-Aroha P
    Such an exhilarating experience. We loved all the waterfalls and rapids, but we always felt safe with an awesome safety crew.
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