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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

This Kaituna River rafting adventure in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve promises plenty of thrills! With an expert guide at the helm, you’ll paddle through Class 5 white-water rapids of the Kaituna River, including an awesome 21-foot (7-meter) drop down Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Accessible to adventurous beginners, this 3-hour tour includes a safety briefing with paddling instruction, all necessary equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
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Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner

Spend a magical evening kayaking on Lake Rotoiti, where you’ll visit glowworm caves and have plenty of time to soak in natural hot springs before a barbecue picnic dinner. Paddle for two hours with an expert guide into lakeside caves only accessed by boat to see glowworms and crayfish, then revel in the sunset reflected on the tranquil waters. Instruction, equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua are all included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze

Take a jet boat on the Waikato River past Tutukau Gorge to ‘The Squeeze,’ a narrow section where you’ll wade in shallow water to a waterfall. Reward your adventurous spirit with a soak in the thermally heated waters of a natural spa in the river, then hang on for an adrenaline-fueled ride as your driver kicks into high gear and expertly maneuvers the jet boat into hair-raising spins and turns.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Marvel at the volcanic wonders of Rotorua on a 6-hour tour that spins you out on the Waikato River with a thrilling jet-boat ride. Start with a guided walk past the Crater Lakes of Rainbow Mountain and check out the mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu. Your jet boat zips through Tutukau Gorge, dropping you off to explore the steaming cliffs and gushing geysers of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park on foot before completing your high-speed ride with fishtails and tight turns. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Rangitaiki River White Water Scenic Rafting from Rotorua

Enjoy a scenic rafting tour on the Rangitaiki River during a laid-back 6-hour tour from Rotorua. Travel over Grade 2 white-water rapids on a gentle ride past tumbling waterfalls, sheer rock cliffs and forest-clad river gorges as you relax and take in the scenery. The rolling rapids make this an ideal trip for families and those looking for a more relaxed experience. Includes lunch, gear, paddling instruction and a hot shower with hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Jet Boat Ride on Waikato River Including Tutukau Gorge and Orakei Korako

Zip through the towering rocks walls of Tutukau Gorge on a Waikato River jet-boat ride. You’ll make a stop at the Orakei Korako geothermal reserve for a walk on a raised boardwalk past boiling mud pools and New Zealand's largest geyser. Then it’s back on the jet boat for another thrilling high-speed ride as your driver maneuvers 360-degree spins and fishtails through the water.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Lake Rotorua Hot Springs and Jet Boat Tour

Experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of high-speed turns and spins during a 45-minute jet boat ride across Lake Rotorua. Then, to help you recover from the exhilaration of jet boating, follow up with a relaxing soak at Manupirua Thermal Springs, a stunning boat-accessible location at the edge of Lake Rotoiti. Soothe your nerves with a soak in six mineral hot pools then cool off in the lake.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting

Go on an adrenaline-filled rafting excursion down the Kaituna River during this 3-hour adventure tour from Rotorua. Here, white-water rapids flow past a subtropical rainforest lining a deep canyon. See stunning waterfalls, including rafting over Tutea Falls, and jump at the opportunity for exhilarating cliff diving. Tour operates winter and summer. Wetsuit, booties and helmet are provided. No experience necessary!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure

Challenge yourself against the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall and enjoy outdoor adventure in New Zealand on this 3.5-hour Kaituna white-water rafting adventure from Rotorua. Hop into your raft in the Kahikitea Forest and take to the waves with a guide. During your tour, navigate steep canyons through native forest, and test your nerve over 14 challenging rapids. Splash, paddle and roll through New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and make the most of this North Island outdoor adventure. A full briefing and all safety equipment are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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White-Water Sledging Adventure

Take a scenic excursion through the New Zealand wilderness on this 3-hour white-water sledging adventure from Rotorua. Listen as a guide explains the challenges ahead, then — with your helmet and life vest clipped on — take to the Okere River on your floating sledge. Twist and turn through swirling river rapids, float gracefully along relaxing flats, and admire views over the mighty Kahikatea Forest. This family-friendly tour is suitable for thrill-seekers of all ages and skill levels.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Jet Boat Tour of Lake Rotorua

Blast around Lake Rotorua on a jet boat tour! An expert driver spins you around on an adrenaline-infused adventure and delivers you at top-speed to all of the iconic landmarks. Experience 30 action-packed minutes of family-friendly fun as you hear live narration on the history of the area. Select from multiple departure times; spray jackets included.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Epic Grade 5 White Water Rafting from Rotorua

Go white water rafting on the Kaituna River for a thrilling outing from Rotorua. Your guide leads you on an action-packed 1-hour ride down 14 rapids at Tutea Falls, the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall at 23 feet (7 meters). This warm water rafting trip takes place in a gorgeous jungle canyon and is suitable for active people, no prior rafting experience required.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools and Glowworm Cave Kayak Tour from Rotorua

Soak in the thermal spring-fed pools of Lake Rotoiti and paddle into a glowworm cave on a half-day kayak tour from Rotorua. With an expert guide, explore the tranquil waters of the mountain lake as you take in the stunning scenery in the Bay of Plenty region, and experience caverns and hot springs accessible only by water. Kayak equipment and a light snack are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rangitaiki River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

Experience the elation of Rangitaiki River white-water rafting over Grade 3 and 4 rapids on this 6-hour adventure for physically active participants. You’ll bounce over whirling white water on a thrilling run through the stunning river valley, including a section of flat water where you can relax before lunch and a hot shower. Includes gear, paddling instruction, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Rotorua.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Agroventures Adventure Park

Gain admission to your choice of five heart-thumping activities at Agroventures, an adrenaline-packed theme park located just minutes from central Rotorua. Not for the faint-hearted, each extreme ride on offer — such as the Rotorua Bungy and Freefall Xtreme — provides non-stop blood-pumping action. Complimentary round-trip hotel transport is available.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Waikato River Jet Boat Blast

Winding through the countryside outside Rototua, New Zealand’s Waikato River is an outdoor adventurer’s dream destination. On this exhilarating tour, cruise along the Waikato River by powerful jet-boat as your guide points out the native wildlife living along the riverbanks. Hold tight along the winding twists and turns, and enjoy a white-knuckle ride through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
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  • Duration: 50 minutes
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Parasailing on Lake Rotorua

Enjoy outdoor adventure in the heart of New Zealand with this 30-minute parasailing experience on Lake Rotorua. Strap into your harness and take to the skies over Lake Rotorua as a guide snaps the action on camera. During your 10- to 12-minute flight, float up to 400 feet (120 meters) above the water and admire panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. You can choose to ride solo or in tandem, and no prior parasailing experience is needed on this tour.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Rotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic Tour

See the rolling hills and sprawling rainforest of the Rotorua Lakes region from the lakes themselves on this unique paddle-board tour. Paddle around Lake Tikitapu, Lake Tarawera or Lake Okareka – your guide chooses the best lake on the day. See ancient volcanoes, old Māori pa and impressive caves and forests without having to pack for a sweaty multi-day hike. When you get tired on the boards, swim in the lakes or explore the shoreline at your own speed.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Sunset Kayak Glow Worm Cave Tour

Explore Rotorua's Lakes as the sun sets at twilight hour on an amazing scenic kayak tour as you are guided to an incredible cavern home to a galaxy formation of glow-worms. One of Rotorua's premium experiences that you will never forget.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Lake Rotoiti Guided Hot Pools Kayak Trip

A fascinating landscape of geothermal mud pools, hot springs, and serene lakes, Rotorua ranks among New Zealand’s must-see sites of interest. On this tour, paddle across magnificent Lake Rotoiti by kayak with your guide and soak up the mineral-rich waters in the Manupirua Springs hot pools. With entry fees plus round-trip travel from your Rotorua hotel included, enjoy a special experience in the heart of the Rotorua countryside.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Wairoa River Grade 5 Rafting Adventure from Rotorua

Take on the mighty Wairoa River in an adrenaline pumping rafting expedition you'll never forget! The Grade 5 Wairoa River is renowned for having some of the best white water action in New Zealand. Kaituna Cascades run the whole of the river including the bottom three rapids and the lower waterfall! Hold on for dear life as you tackle 'Mothers Nightmare' which has a technical grade 4 rock garden, closely followed by a tight 2 metre drop. Experience the thrill of 'The Rollercoaster' - consisting of the aptly named 'Devils Cauldron' and the breathtaking 'Bottom Drop'. Feel the rush of 'The Waterfall' which has an awesome 3 metre drop into a churning pool of white water through the Wairoa Rivers boulder-strewn rock canyon. Topped off with a small lunch and refreshments at the river!
  • Duration: 3 to 5 hrs
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  • Duration: 3 to 5 hrs
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