Grade 4 Adventure
Access 14 Extreme Rafting
Access 14 runs 1hour 45 minutes on the river (4 hours base to base)
All on-river apparel and Rafting Equipment
Full safety briefing
On-River hot chocolate and chocolate snacks
Solar powered hot showers and heated changing rooms
Beer for adults, soda for children
River Dog (hot dog) provided for everyone.
Tokaanu Hot Pools or DeBretts Hot pools (Taupo) vouchers
Hot Mulled Wine option for adults
Access 14 Tongariro River
Access 14 – A Rare Grade 4 Adventure
The Tongariro River is a dam-controlled river which enables us to raft all year round, sadly there are some sacrifices that have to be made in order to have that happen – when the hydro dam was built, a portion of the river was re-routed underground. However, twice a year the wonderful people at the power company ‘release’ the water from the dam which floods that particular area we call Access 14.
The flooding of the otherwise dry section of the Tongariro River creates rare Grade 4 rapids – an absolute wild ride. It also returns the Tongariro River to its natural levels – the levels, current and rapids that our forefathers (Tupuna in Maori) would have experienced the Tongariro River at, before the age of industrialisation. This makes our Access 14 trip even more spiritual for local New Zealanders as well as our international whanau (family) that want to experience an otherwise once-in-a-lifetime Adventure.
Our professional guides make sure you remain safe on this adrenaline fuelled rollercoaster ride – Access 14. This is an incredibly rare opportunity to experience one of the most natural, untouched river environments in New Zealand and an authentic experience riding the fine line between fear and adrenaline rush best given to you by New Zealand’s best, safest and most awarded rafting company.
If you have younger children and are looking for something less challenging please visit our Family Fun Rafting where we raft Grade 2 Rapids daily. If you are a part of a large group, we suggest you look at our Groups and Schools options or contact us directly for a customised trip option.
Every time you raft with Rafting New Zealand or purchase Rafting New Zealand merchandise, you can take comfort in knowing a portion of your money is going to help preserve the majestic Tongariro for future generations. Rafting New Zealand, the Awa Toa Preservation Fund, and Project Tongariro are grateful for your contributions and your support!