1. Tongariro River
An awesome introduction to white water rafting can be had on the lower Tongariro River – the grade 3 part of the river. Stunning gorges, fun rafting guides and a possibility of seeing the rare blue duck makes for an awesome trip down the Tongariro River. Adrenaline junkies can take trips to more extreme rapids in the upper gorge. Book your trip withTongariro River Rafting.
Location: Tongariro, North Island
2. Rangitikei River and Ngaruroro River
In a secluded location in the North Island, River Valley Lodge specialises in rafting the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro rivers. The grade 4 and 5 option gives you more time to take in the scenery in between being splashed in the face and surfing rapids.
Location: River Valley, North Island
3. Shotover River
Queenstown Rafting takes you to Skippers Canyon for some grade 3 to 5 rafting. Getting to the launch point is an adventure in itself by taking the gnarly Skippers Road. A highlight is being plunged into darkness in the Oxenbridge Tunnel, as well as many insane grade 3-5 rapids.
Location: Queenstown, South Island
4. Wairoa River
For the adrenaline junkie, this trip with Rafting New Zealandand Kaituna Cascades takes you on 2grade 5 rivers. Plunge down one waterfall and another… and then another! This trip only operates on Sundays.
Location: Tauranga, North Island
5. Rangitata Gorge
Choose from grade 1 to 5 on the raging Rangitata River in the Canterbury region. Rangitata Rafts guarantees grade 5 rapids every day from October to May. The package also includes a food before and after your trip.
Location: Canterbury, South Island
6. The Mohaka River
Somewhere between Napier and Taupo on the Thermal Explorer Highway is the Mohaka River with deep gorges and challenging rapids. Offering different full-day adventures, Mohaka Rafting takes you on river journeys through fossilised canyons and often the chance to spot some wildlife along the way. Mohaka Rafting opens for spring, summer and autumn.
Location:Hawke’s Bay, North Island
7. Kaituna River
This river in Rotorua has the highest commercially rafted waterfall in New Zealand so expect a fast heart-thumping ride. Would you raft down a 7m waterfall?! This rafting experience can be done with River Rats Rafting, Kaituna Cascades and Kaitiaki Adventures.
Location: Rotorua, North Island