River Rats Raft & Kayak

River Rats Raft & Kayak Rotorua Airport, Hangar 14s, 837 Te Ngae Road, Rotorua view on map
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Welcome to River Rats, New Zealand's Adventure Professionals.

River Rats Raft and Kayak have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years. We pride ourselves on a safety first culture and our attention to detail.

Located in Rotorua in the central North Island of New Zealand, we offer five white water rafting trips ranging from a grade 2 scenic trip suitable for families or the less adventurous through to grade 5 adrenalin pumping action adventure including the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall.

Kayaking is available as freedom hire or a guided tour. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim only accessible by boat.

River Rats are proud to have achieved Qualmark Gold certification and received the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame.
Maritime NZ approved operator and foundation members of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter.

Offering Quality adventures for over 35 years!

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  • Impressed. proactive contact made by operator to warn of large school booking and tour time changed. Would have liked more time on the water though what he had was great 4
    KERALYN CHURCHILL - Oct 10, 2012 (Stayed Sep 2012) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Great to hear you enjoyed your trip. The length of the Kaituna is it's best and worst feature. Many people do it because it is handy to Rotorua and only a 3 hour turnaround from Rotorua allowing you to fit in more of Rotorua's wonderful activities. However it is such an awesome run that it leaves you wanting more :-) We raft all the available length of the Kaituna starting at the dam where the river exits Lake Rotoiti and taking out above a section that is to dangerous to raft. For those looking for a longer trip the Rangitaiki and Wairoa Rivers provide a longer trip on the water.
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River Rats Raft & Kayak
  • Great instructors, really fun time 5
    BENJAMIN LEE - Jul 8, 2012 (Stayed Jul 2012) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi Benjamin Thanks for your comments. Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip!
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River Rats Raft & Kayak
  • Quality was high, professional, fun, experienced staff. The 'ride' was quite short and price was a bit on the high side, but that's the tourism industry norm I guess. Still was definitely an experience worth doing in my opinion. 5
    MATTHEW OGORMAN - Apr 1, 2010 (Stayed Mar 2010) Travelbug verified review
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  • The rafting experience was not as I imagined. It was better. Full training was provided, and we felt totally comfortable with the level of safety and the precautions involved. The 7 metre waterfall was a real adrenaline rush and we would love to do this again. 5
    KEVIN HIKAIRO - Mar 11, 2010 (Stayed Mar 2010) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for taking the time to place feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip. We hope to see you back t expereince one of the other great trips we offer. Regards Justin Hutton Managing Director
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River Rats Raft & Kayak
  • It was great, the staff were friendly (although a little un organised), the experience in general was wicked and i would definitly want to do it again 5
    KELLY DE MALMANCHE - Feb 4, 2010 (Stayed Jan 2010) Travelbug verified review
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  • Guides were friendly, and fun. had a great time and felt safe.was awsome having the guide keep me underwater for so long. i want to do it again with more rapids now!!!! 5
    JAMIE HARRISON - Nov 24, 2009 (Stayed Nov 2009) Travelbug verified review
  • Jamie is referring to an activity we do on the river called river surfing where we paddle the raft in and surf in a rapid. We didnt hold his head underwater and try and drown him, honest :-)
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River Rats Raft & Kayak
  • Initial booking was quite messy with incorrect charges etc. Was all sorted by Ricky which was great though which was the saviour. Would have been better if I had been advised who the operator was and I could have booked myself with Total Experience on the voucher and others direct with operator as it becomes messy if people cancel on a Friday night when your booking is on Sunday and you cannot contact the office. 3
    CLAIRE NEATE - Apr 6, 2009 (Stayed Mar 2009) Travelbug verified review
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  • Great service, had an awesome time cant wait to do it again 4
    SAM KITE - Sep 9, 2007 (Stayed Aug 2007) Travelbug verified review

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