20 Nov

Tongariro White Water Rafting

Experience 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids on the Tongaririo river with an expert guide at the helm.

Tongariro White Water Rafting – Overview




$129.00 Conditions apply for 10 to 12 year olds.

Departure Times:
SUMMER (November 1 – March 31) 9.00am and 2.00pm
APRIL (April 1 – April 30) 9am and 1pm
WINTER (May 1 – October 31) 12 noon
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: Wholesome deli food (summer), hot soup and bread (winter). 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.

We offer FREE pick-ups and drop-offs from Taupo, Turangi and National Park accommodation. Please enquire when booking.

Total time on water is 2 – 2.5 hours, total trip time 3.5 – 4 hours.



Full Description

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

A swimsuit and towel are all you need to bring: we take care of everything else. 🙂

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

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

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.

Ready to Raft?

Then book now