03 Aug

Tongariro White Water Rafting

The most fun you’ll have in Taupo – take on 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids on the Tongariro river with an expert guide at the helm, guiding your boat.

We are proud to be Trip Advisors number one rated Rafting Experience in the North Island.

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.

Tongariro White Water Rafting – Overview



Children (16 years and under):

$129.00 Minimum age 10 years old, 10 to 12 year olds must be accompanied one to one with an adult.

Departure Times:
SUMMER (Nov 1 – March 31) 9am and 2pm
APRIL (April 1 – April 30) 9am and 1pm
WINTER (May 1 – Oct 31) 12 noon
Departure Points:

The Rafting Centre, 95 Atirau Rd, Turangi

What you need to bring:

Swimwear, towel, a sense of adventure! We will provide everything else including wetsuits, river shoes, helmets, life jackets etc.

  • Clothing & Safety: Polar fleece jersey, splash jacket, helmet, wet suit, wet suit boot, life jacket
  • Food & Drink: Wholesome deli food (summer), hot soup and bread (winter). Tea and coffee.
  • Hot pools: A warm soak in thermal hot pools (winter rafting only, 1st May until 31st October)
  • Photos: Digital photos of your adventure are downloaded and available 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 2 – 2.5 hours, total trip time 3.5 – 4 hours.


Full description

We’re only 40 minutes from Taupo or Ruapehu and easy to find in Turangi.

We get started at our Turangi rafting base where our friendly crew will fit you with safety gear, including wet suit and extra layers to keep you warm.

A swimsuit and towel are all you need to bring: we take care of everything else. 🙂 You can leave all of your belongings at our base, office staff would be happy to look after your valuables behind the counter so you know your gear is safe while you are out on the water.

No transport? No worries! Free pickups are available on afternoon trips from Taupo and National Park (just let us know when you book).

If you’ve never rafted before, our article breaks down everything you need to know about rafting on the Tongariro.

Learn the ropes

We head to the banks of the beautiful Tongariro River for an on-shore briefing with your awesome Rafting Guide. You’re in good hands: our super-passionate, experienced guides will coach your team to paddle like a well-oiled machine before you know it.

Tame the Tongariro’s roller-coaster rapids

Unforgettable adventures await as you navigate 60 rapids in a 13km stretch – more rapids in one stretch than anywhere in New Zealand, how cool is that?

The Tongariro River’s grade 3 rapids are perfect for first-time rafters: thrills and spills galore without any extreme drops requiring experience.

Your pulse will be racing and your senses will be overloaded with all sorts of awesome.

When you’re in the moment – just you, your fellow rafters and the thundering water, you’ll truly understand why white water rafting is so so addictive!

We love nothing more than seeing the excitement on your face as you conquer the white water rapids of the Tongariro. We’ll take plenty of photos for you, so you can see for yourself and share with your friends.

Sights you can only see by raft

Paddle through the very heart of the Great Lake Taupo region, enjoying stunning scenery you can only access by water. Towering pine forests, native bush and volcanic cliffs surround you on your epic Tongariro River journey.

Discover New Zealand wildlife around every bend: look out for Whio, our endangered blue ducks, nesting along the river banks. Spot giant New Zealand trout swimming below you – so big they are known to feast on a mouse or two!

Back to base

Soaked to the skin and grinning from ear to ear, return to our base for a hot drink. Relive the action with photos and video of your trip on the big screen and choose your favourites to buy and take home.

In winter we’ll stop by the local hot pools to get you extra toasty.

The best rafting guides

Your rafting guide is a massive part of the experience – and our guides are the best in the business – highly skilled, friendly and super supportive.  Watch the video below to hear from Rene, our head guide.

Ready to raft?

Then book now and LETS GO!