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Address: 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-345 6543
Website
Today
07:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
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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Great first time rafting

Went on the 3/4 rapids today. All I can say is WOW. So good. The staff were great. New their knowledge. Made it so much fun and put us at ease. Only thing I would suggest is maybe... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Terry W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on the 3/4 rapids today. All I can say is WOW. So good. The staff were great. New their knowledge. Made it so much fun and put us at ease. Only thing I would suggest is maybe some merchandise. We all would have brought a t shirt.

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Thank Terry W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a group of 4 do the rafting and we all had heaps of fun! Our guide was fun and made the experience even better. All the extras they include with sitting on the front of the raft, etc was a massive bonus. Would recommend to anyone!

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Thank sezmac12
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the best few hours rafting with these guys. The staff were professional experienced and made the day such great fun. We had a pretty wet day to do our rafting which really added to the fun. The water was surprisingly warm considering it was cool. There was a lot of laughter, splashing and a few butterflies in the... More 

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Thank 8kristen
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an afternoon. Really exilerating, laughter and a bit of terror all at once. Staff were great, easy instruction, would highly recommend....

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Thank knicho2567
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Georgio and Josh are two amazing raft guides that will make sure your experience is unforgettable. Thanks Georgio for making me do the drop.... so exciting and something to tick off... loved it. Felt very secure at all times even though I was nervous nelly :). Highly recommend!!!!

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Thank hunterwoman
Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Very professional team! From booking, through to safety briefing, getting geared up at their awesome HUGE base, to our humorous guide on the water and the photographer snapping some hilarious shots along the way. Great run for a beginner, not too scary, very scenic, just two parts that push you out of your comfort zone but so much fun!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Day 19 - 2017-01-15 (Sunday) - White Water Rafting with River Rats Raft & Kayak We have a whale of a time rafting down the Katuna River (which boasts the world's highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall of 7 m, which is graded 5). Our guide Andrew is so experienced and friendly. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Everything he said is accurate! We just need to follow... More 

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Thank sereneyew
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

i was on my honeymoon to New Zealand and happen to do the river rats river rafting in Rotorua.. i should tell you it was one of the most amazing experiences for me and my wife.. we also happen to jump off a cliff in the river.. and we were with Rick.. he is an awesome guy to be with..... More 

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Thank Jayrita91
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed this experience with my 13 year old son. So awesome and everyone was so helpful and good fun.

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Thank Ingrid L
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

The white water rafting in Kaituna river was absolutely incredible! It was a pure adrenaline rush which made us feel truly alive and grateful for this amazing experience. From the beginning till the end it was an awesome adventure. Our guide Josh was superb. He and other guides were fun and ensured that everyone was having the best trip possible.... More 

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