The mountains of New Zealand’s interior feed a myriad of fast flowing rivers that run through the forests to the sea. Grade 1 rivers offer relatively tranquil waters, while grade 5 is regarded as an extreme sport. Trips ranging from a couple of hours to five days are led by qualified rafting guides who comply with established safety codes. All gear and special clothing is provided. You’ll be seduced by The Rangitikei. It grabs your imagination, knots your stomach at high water and let’s your spirit run free on sunny low water days. It’ll beat you, rollick you and if you’re not scared sometimes, it’s possible you’re a paddle short of the imagination needed to stay alive! Rafting rivers in the North Island are mostly found in the central east coast areas of the Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay. In the South Island, you’ll get the chance to try rafting around the resort town of Queenstown, Christchurch and on the West Coast. The North Island rivers are best for white water rafting, South Island Rivers tend to be shallow and braided.
The Kaituna has the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. Kaituna River features grade 5 rapids plus the awesome 7 meter (21 feet) Tutea Falls. Take the ultimate thrill ride on this Kaituna River white water rafting tour. A short 15-minutes from Rotorua is Kaituna River. You can’t get more thrills and action than on a grade 5 rapid. Fast and furious, you’ll ride through foamy water over the seven meter drop waterfall! Most of the trip runs through a very narrow gorge with sheer rock walls clad in ferns and other native plants providing a truly stunning backdrop to this exciting tour. Professional guide should with your during your rafting trip.