Tongariro White Water Rafting
The most fun you’ll have in Taupō – take on 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids on the Tongariro river with an expert guide at the helm, guiding your boat.
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.
Come rafting with us anytime this season and you’ll get these extras for FREE:
Digital Photos (normally $30)
360˚ Rafting Video (normally $89)
Tongariro White Water Rafting – Overview
Children (16 years and under):
$144.00 Minimum age 10 years old, 10 to 12 year olds must be accompanied one to one with an adult.
|SUMMER (Nov 1 – March 31)||9am and 2pm|
|APRIL (April 1 – April 30)||9am and 1pm|
|WINTER (May 1 – Oct 31)||12 noon|
The Rafting Centre, 95 Atirau Rd, Turangi
What you need to bring:
Swimwear, towel and face mask for use in our base and on vehicles (mask not needed while rafting), and a sense of adventure!
We will provide everything else including wetsuits, river shoes, helmets, life jackets etc.
Total time on water is 2 – 2.5 hours, total trip time 3.5 – 4 hours.
We’re only 40 minutes from Taupō 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.
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 Taupō 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!