02 Dec

Family Rafting on the Tongariro River

This is the perfect family activity – you, the kids, and and awesome guide in one raft, on an adventure on the Tongaririo River – this is our ‘Family Floats’ rafting adventure.

Family Floats Rafting – Overview




Minimum age 3 years old.

Departure Times:

SUMMER (November 1 – March 31) 10.30am and 3.30pm
APRIL (April 1 – April 30) 10am
WINTER (May 1 – October 31) 9am

Departure Points:

The Rafting Centre, 95 Atirau Rd, Turangi

What you need to bring:

Swimwear, towel, a sense of adventure

  • Clothing & Safety: Polar fleece jersey, splash jacket, helmet, wet suit, wet suit boot, life jacket
  • Food & Drink: A light snack. Tea and coffee.
  • Hot pools: A warm soak in thermal hot pools (winter only)
  • Photos: Digital photos of your adventure are downloaded and available immediately after you return. Available for purchase at a small additional cost.

Free pickups available from Turangi. Total time on water is 1.5 hours, total trip time 2.5 – 3 hours.



Get your kit on at Base Camp

After a warm welcome at our Turangi base, your expert guide will brief you and kit you out in high quality gear to keep you safe and cosy.

If you’re rafting in winter, you’ll still be warm as we kit you out in high quality gear – read more about winter rafting here.

We’ll whisk you away from town and drive a short distance to the banks of the pristine Lower Tongariro where your adventure begins.

Paddle the crystal clear waters together

On board your raft, the whole family can pitch in and paddle, or simply sit back and relax while your guide does all the work.

The gentle currents will carry you along with regular areas of small, bouncy splashy rapids – enough to keep you on your toes without scaring your grandma – the kids will love it!

Make friends with our wonderful wildlife

Our awesome highly trained guides are experts at calming any first-time nerves. They’ll keep you entertained and tell you all about the sensational scenery and wildlife you’ll see while you’re floating along.

You’ll get to know our friends the Whio, highly endangered native blue ducks who call the Tongariro River home. They live in pairs all along the river – see if you can spot them!

The water on the Tongariro is crystal clear as it is naturally spring fed – keep an eye out for the huge rainbow and brown trout swimming around.

Warm up with a hot drink

After around 1.5 hours of fun family adventures in our beautiful backcountry, you’ll head back to our base for a lovely hot drink.

In winter we’ll finish off with a trip to the hot pools – the best way to warm up before you head home tired but happy.

Why is rafting so awesome for families?

We’ve hosted thousands of families over the years, and we’ve written a blog post that explains why rafting is the perfect family activity – click here to read it.

Or if you are ready to book, click here to view live availability and secure your spot.