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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.


  • Raft down the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world on this action-packed Kaituna River white water rafting tour from Rotorua.
  • You'll be provided with 15-20 minute training and safety session
  • Beginners are welcome!
  • All necessary equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Rotorua

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What You Can Expect

Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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Fast and furious, the Kaituna River takes you on a wild ride through foamy white water in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. The pool-drop nature of the Kaituna River means it is not technically difficult; every Class 5 rapid is followed by calm water — making the run suitable for adventurous beginners.

Start your 3-hour Kaituna river-rafting tour with hotel pickup in Rotorua, and relax on the short drive to the base camp at the airport. Here, you’ll receive instruction on paddle commands during a 15- to 20-minute training and safety session. You’re provided with any necessary equipment (life jacket, wetsuit, booties, safety helmet, and weather-dependent polar fleece top and spray jacket).

Hop back in the vehicle and drive to your put-in point at the riverbank of the Kaituna River. Get right into the action, paddling through the sheer, fern-clad rock walls of a narrow gorge that provides a stunning backdrop throughout your river-rafting trip. Then hold tight for the highlight: a 21-foot drop down the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall — Tutea Falls.

After you’ve caught your breath and made it back to firm ground, relax with return transport to your hotel in Rotorua.

Customer Reviews

Kevin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was our first whitewater rafting trip and it was AMAZING. It's an easy yet exciting trip for beginners. The guides were a great. They worked hard to ensure that everyone had fun - and - got dunked at least once. :- Reviewing the photos they took after returning to their office was almost as much fun as the trip itself.

Manpreet S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was awesome! Such a great experience and wonderful tour. Plus we got to jump off and swim in the water, hear history of the area, and just had a great time. The guys were awesome in making the experience worthwhile. I would do it again!

Lynda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great time, wish it was longer. Definitely recommend these guys.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

It was a great experience, even though I don't like water. They were organised and professional giving good instructions at the start. On the river was fabulous, building confidence on two smaller rapids first and then the big 7m drop which was awesome.- we did not tip over ! Having done the big one the pressure was off and good simply enjoy the remaining rapids. Totally recomended.

Joanne W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

brilliant. Loved every minute of this. Tour leaders were fantastic.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is worth a try, good exercise and you get to meet some some people.

Jessica M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Alexandra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was great fun with lovely guides. My only wish was that it was longer!

stephen w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Absolutely fantastic, one of the longest rafting rivers, the guys leading it were brilliant. 50 minutes was not long enough though! Definitely recommend sitting on the front of the raft if offered.

KylieS United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great fun going over the waterfalls! My only complaint, not long enough!

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