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Address: 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-345 6543
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07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s...

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the world's 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.

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Best rafting in the world

fantastic trip, grade 5 dam release river, as good as it sounds. Matt and Justin were amazing. Its the best rafting i have ever done.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
PT N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

fantastic trip, grade 5 dam release river, as good as it sounds. Matt and Justin were amazing. Its the best rafting i have ever done.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I took a kayak trip a morning while in rotorua and it was awesome! River rats picked us up from our hotel on time and were lovely to be with. The kayak tour was around lake rotatiti and there was hardly anyone on the lake but us. Andrew was fantastic and he took us to see glow... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

River rats are great! They make sure you have a lot of fun while out on the river as well as making sure you stay safe! I did it alone and I went in a raft with a group of girls that all knew each other but our guide Justin really made sure we all had a great time and... More 

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Massive thanks to Matt and Justin for an amazing trip down the Wairoa. Best introduction to white water rafting....I'm hooked!! Cheers guys, Laura

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thrilling rapids, great guides, gorgeous river banks, cool and refreshing, really fun but clearly all done at high levels of safety. Could not recommend more highly!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rick was our guide, we felt safe. He knew his stuff and we had a blast! Definitely worth the money! Just do it already. All the guys were really professional!

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Baden, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we went there for rafting...what should I say, go there and do it! It's awesome! super funny people, good photos to take home, everything perfectly organised....

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Papamoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brilliant adventure, beautiful river scenery and our guide Josh was lots of fun. Always good for bragging rights to have nailed the 7m falls...

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League City, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called last minute to book this trip and a friendly Justin said to come on over. Ricky was our guide and we had a blast with him! I appreciated he went over safety and how to paddle as a team in the calm water so we were ready to attack the rapids. We were initially worried about it being... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

3 Waterfall (1x 7meters!), rapids, rapid-dunking, rock-ledge jump off, rapid swimming, raft-standup-surfing! Action packed, adrenalin fuelled, lots of laughs. Ricky was a brilliant guide, humerous, helpful, trusting and found extra time for extra challenges. Quality gear, safe adventure but heaps and heaps of fun!!!! Can't recommend high enough! Don't leave New Zealand without doing this trip with River Rats! Thanks,... More 

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