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Rafting New Zealand


Based in Turangi and Taupo, Rafting New Zealand has been operating for over 25 years rafting the Tongariro River and is New Zealand’s most awarded rafting Company.

Maori owned and operated, Rafting New Zealand offer several Family Rafting and Trout Fishing adventures for ages 3 and up around Taupo and Turangi.

Voted Best Rafting Operation in NZ since 2010!

Owner/Operator’s Luke and Pianika love to raft and love to share their passion for rafting the Tongariro River with all their clients, this enthusiasm for their excellent product is infectious and helps to create the unique experience that is white water rafting with Rafting New Zealand.experience the thrill of rafting on the mighty Tongariro River.

Rafting New Zealand first began as Rock ‘n’ River Adventures in 1991. Its founders Rod Brown (Pianika’s dad), and Tui Brabyn, had a vision to operate, not necessarily the biggest, but definitely the best white water rafting business in Aotearoa (New Zealand). This vision is realised and continued today.

For customer feedback go to: – Rafting New Zealand Turangi or – Rafting New Zealand.

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Here at Rafting New Zealand we often awake saying, “another day in paradise”.

We are lucky enough to have our ‘’office’’ as some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and pristine wilderness. Our river base location, at the southern end of Lake Taupo (New Zealand’s biggest lake) and nestled amongst the mountains of the Tongariro National Park (Dual World Heritage Area) means we live and work in a natural playground of unsurpassed beauty.

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Located at the southern end of Lake Taupo in the alpine village of Turangi (Tongariro River), you get to experience a unique part of Aotearoa just by visiting us. With modern facilities, friendly atmosphere, hot solar-powered showers, retail shopping & OZONE espresso coffee for sale, you are well catered for!

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Our staff are our biggest asset, they are highly trained Kiwi professionals and outdoor adventurers who love what they do and will keep you safe.

Our gear is updated annually and is of excellent condition.

We are audited each year by Maritime New Zealand and continually receive the highest marks in safety and service. We were the first rafting company to gain the internationally recognised Qualmark Award for excellence in safety and service – you can be completely confident when booking your rafting adventure with us.




We draw power from the land and rivers we raft – power associated with local tribal land. The Tuwharetoa tribe’s history and legends are based in the lands they have occupied over generations and the land provides the sustenance for the people and to provide hospitality for guests.

The Rivers and areas we operate in are steeped with awesome culture and history.

On our adventures you will hear the stories, myths and legends that have helped shape the landscape, making them come alive.



Team RNZ is the “adventure wing” of Rafting New Zealand’s everyday operations. Consisting of RNZ Guides and elite athletes, and combined with the support of like-minded Partner Products – the TEAM is always on the search for new challenges & exciting adventures.

This adventure culture runs through to RNZ’s commercial trips creating “adventures” for its clients – rather than just another tour. A subtle difference but one which has a huge impact on the overall customer experience.

When you raft with RNZ – you also raft with the TEAM & become an exclusive member for life!

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