18 Nov

Sky Waka Gondola and Whitewater Rafting

COVID-19: We are open and rafting at all red/orange/green and we’ll need to verify your ‘My Vaccine Pass’ for all guests prior to rafting. 

Experience two of the top family activities in the Taupō and Ruapehu regions; the Sky Waka Gondola at Whakapapa on Mt Ruapehu and the top-rated rafting trip on the Tongariro River.

Mix mountains and whitewater to have the ultimate outdoor adventure! The amazing 1.8km ride up Mt Ruapehu in the gondola is unmissable. Soak in the views of the Central Plateau before reaching the architecturally stunning Knoll Ridge Chalet at the top. 

Whitewater rafting on the Tongariro River is the perfect mixture of screams, splashes and stunning scenery. Find out more about our grade 3 whitewater rafting trips here>

You can combine this combo with a buffet lunch at the Pinnacles Restaurant, the highest restaurant in New Zealand sitting at 2,020m above sea level! 

Sky Waka Gondola and Whitewater Raft Trip


With Pinnacles lunch: $192.75 (Summer only)


With Pinnacles lunch: $153.90 (Summer only)

Departure Points:

The Rafting Centre 95 Atirau Rd Turangi

What you need to bring:

Swimwear, towel, a sense of adventure.

During Covid Level 2 we require everybody to bring a Buff with them to wear as a face covering in our base, vehicles and on the river. 

Rafting Inclusions:
  • Polar fleece jersey
  • Shoes
  • Splash jacket
  • Helmet
  • Wetsuit
  • Wetsuit boots
  • Life jacket
  • A warm soak in thermal hot pools (winter only)
  • Digital photos of your adventure are downloaded and available immediately after you return.

This combo can be split over two days or completed in one full day if short on time. Mt Ruapehu’s Whakapapa Ski area is a scenic 45min drive from our base.
If combining with the Pinnacles lunch, this combo should be done over two days to enjoy it properly!

Whitewater rafting is perfect for anybody aged 10 and above! 

You’ll follow the river on this two hour trip down exciting rapids and beautiful gorges!

The magic of rafting comes alive for first time and experienced rafters alike!