02 Aug

Family Rafting on the Tongariro River

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

Spring Rafting Special

Come rafting with us anytime this spring and you’ll get all of these extra’s for FREE:

⚡ Digital Photos (normally $30)
⚡ 360˚ Rafting Video (normally $89)
⚡ Tongariro Mountain Bike Hire (normally $25 per person)
⚡ Hot Pools Entry (normally $20+)

Valid until October 31st!

Subaru special:

Show your Subaru keys between 28th September – 2nd October 2020 for 25% off!
*Not available with any other deal, including the spring special.

Family Float Rafting – Overview



Children (16 years and under):

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! We will provide you with everything else including wet suits, river shoes, polarfleece, helmet, life jacket etc.

  • 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, May to October)
  • Photos: Digital photos of your adventure are downloaded and available to view immediately after you return. Available for purchase at a small additional cost.
  • 360 Video: Normally $89  get it now for $45

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.

There are toilets and changing rooms at our base that you can use to change into your swimwear and all of the rafting gear that we are going to give you.

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.

All of your belongings can stay safe at our base as we will be returning here after the trip. The office team will be happy to look after anything valuable for you behind the counter.

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.