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Once welcomed and signed in, you will be taken through to a big back shed where all of the modern river equipment, heated changing rooms and clean toilets are housed. Here you will be welcomed to the base in Maori, and get a full explain of the gear and facilities, and be fully outfited in up-to-date river apparel. Once dressed for the river one of your professional 'Kiwi' river guides will give you a full safety briefing in the comfort of the shed before being loaded onto the vehicles for the 15-minute drive up to the river. During the drive to the river one of the guides will point out the many amazing landmarks along the way and tell you of the Maori history and myths and legends which associate with the area.

At the river, grab some great shots of you and the group and then your off on your adventure. You will raft over 8km's, through 20plus grade 2 rapids. On the second rapid of the trip your driver will be positioned on the river bank to snap some great action photo's of you. Halfway down the river the team will pull over to the National Trout Centre. Here, hop out of the rafts and visit the breeding pool for the baby trout. Enjoy some hot chocolate and chocolate and the kids can feed the fish. After the trout center visit, there is the opportunity for a cliff jump (optional/weather permitting). In total, spend approximately 1.75-hours on the river.

Once off the river, be transported back to the base for a hot shower. Once changed you come through to the comfortable shop space and enjoy a complimentary cold beer/soda or hot mulled wine as well as a river dog (hot dog) while viewing your trip photos.

Photo's, retail items and other adventure operator information, is available after the experience and one of river guides will be there to thank and farewell you good bye.
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Tongariro National Trout Centre
Rafting New Zealand
Enjoy family-friendly adventure in New Zealand’s spectacular North Island on this 3-hour Tongariro River rafting trip from Turangi. Travel to the rafting base near the banks of the Tongariro River and climb into your wetsuit. Navigate the choppy waters with your guide and tackle over 20 exciting but gentle grade II rapids. Stop off at the national trout centre to feed the fish, and see the baby trout in the breeding pool. Paddle hard through the rapids and float gently downstream over the flats, enjoying beautiful views along the way.
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Ideal choice for families
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
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Reviewed 8 August 2018
Loved it- what a great afternoon we had rafting

From start to finish the service was professional and friendly. As soon as we got there and sat and had a coffee, got changed into all the gear and off we went. We were lucky enough to have a lovely sunny day and our 2...More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Kia Ora Sue, Thanks for choosing to raft with us and for leaving an awesome review. Stoked to hear that yourself and your 8 year old daughter had a fantastic time. Nga Mihi, Luke

Reviewed 6 August 2018

We did the White water rafting trip with Harry as a guide and he was GREAT!! We were made to feel very welcome by all the team upon arrival and everyone was very competent with their tasks. I felt safe with him as our guide...More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Kia Ora Kate, Thanks for choosing to raft with us and for leaving a great review, Stoked to hear that Harry provided you with an awesome time on the Awa (River). Nga Mihi, Luke

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Best Family Adventure on the Market

I would like to thank Luke and all the staff at Rafting New Zealand for our magnificent family rafting experience we had on the Tongariro River Grade 2 course. Our two daughters Amity and Brydie loved every minute of their experience from the minute we...More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Kia Ora, Thanks for leaving such a great review - we really appreciate it! Your Whanau was a pleasure to take down and alot of fun. Stoked the girls loved the trip and pretty special to hear it was the highlight of your NZ holiday....More

Reviewed 22 July 2018
White water rafting

A big thank you to the staff at New Zealand rafting in Turangi who provided such a great safe and very pleasurable experience. Every aspect of the trip was very well planned and all items of safety equipment were provided at no extra charge. All...More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Kia Ora Michael, Thanks for leaving a review. Stoked to hear that both You and your Wife had a great time with us. Nga Mihi, Luke

Reviewed 18 July 2018
Great fun for the whole family

My husband and I took our two kids (aged 6 & 10) and his mother on this tour. We all loved it. Perfect experience for first time rafters and families. The Rafting NZ team were really friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We can't...More

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Luke B, Owner at Rafting New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Kia Ora, Thanks for bringing the Whanau rafting and for leaving a review. Stoked to hear that everyone had a great time - we look forward to seeing you again in a few years time to tackle the grade 3 adventure. Nga Mihi, Luke

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