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Raft With The #1 Company On The Tongariro River
In the heart of the Tongariro district just 40 minutes drive from Taupo on the southern end of the Great Lake. As a result, it's home of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Mt. Ruapehu Ski Fields.
Also close to the Tongariro National Trout Centre. Additionally, our company offers complimentary transport from Taupo to Turangi on some trips.
We raft from ages 3 and up. No previous experience is necessary. We offer Aotearoa's best rafting adventures. Look below to find out more information.
New Zealand's Best Family Rafting Experience
Tongariro Family Fun Grade 2
Suitable for ages 3 and up. our Tongariro Family Fun is an adventure for people wanting a safe, intimate introduction to white water. The 8km (5 mile) journey is perfect for families with young children. Plus have an opportunity to see one of New Zealand’s most rare birds – the Blue Duck – in its natural habitat.
Our Most Popular Adventure
Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3
Our Tongariro River White Water is the North Island’s most popular adventure.
Experience the 60+ Grade 3 Rapids of the Tongariro River with an authentic professional Kiwi guide. The Tongariro River is world-famous for its incredible scenery. Also for its pristine water. Plus the incredibly rare Blue Duck.
A Maori Taonga
Blue Duck / Whio
Blue duck are a taonga (treasured) species that Māori have a strong cultural, spiritual, and historic connection with. They are believed to be an ancient species of waterfowl, that appeared at a very early stage in evolutionary history.
Their Māori name is whio, which depicts the call of the male bird – a whistle, rather than a ‘quack’. They will always see you before you see them, and the male will sound the alarm call – which makes our trips even more intimate adventures.
The presence of Blue Duck/Whio means healthy rivers and streams. They require clean, fast flowing streams in forested rivers. High water quality, and over-head canopy cover. The more breeding pairs of blue duck the healthier the river.
A percentage of all money from your trip help to strengthen that environment for future generations.
Leadership and Team Building
At Rafting New Zealand we are proud to be New Zealand’s leading rafting provider. One of a select few rafting companies in New Zealand to have received the QualMark Gold Award. We are also Maritime NZ certified. Because of this, we can offer unique, safe, educational and fun adventures that will bring your classroom alive.
We are confident Rafting New Zealand will meet your EOTC requirements and deliver excellence across all areas.
Don't Miss The Big One
Raft Fishing Adventures
With our rafting company’s ability to navigate these rivers we provide our clients the best fly fishing opportunities to catch the ‘big one.’
“This trip was one of the best things we did with our time in New Zealand!”
“fantastic experience. Highly recommend, I will like to try again next time.”
“We did the Grade 3 rafting with a fantastic guide Jesse, the scenery was amazing!”
“We planned our white water rafting trip at the last minute and are so glad we did!”