Tongariro River: Grade 3 Whitewater Rafting

Tongariro River: Grade 3 Whitewater Rafting

From $105.44 per person

Enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafter over 60 rapids with an expert guide on the Tongariro River. After the adventure and fun, enjoy a delicious lunch.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 4 - 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
At your accommodation in central Taupo or a nearby location.


  • Experience the pristine surroundings of the upper reaches of the Tongariro River
  • Navigate fun, heart-pounding roller coaster rapids with an expert guide
  • Keep your eyes peeled for a chance to see one of New Zealand's Rare Blue Ducks
  • Benefit from complimentary transfers from Taupo
Full description
Navigate over 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids with an expert guide on the Tongariro River. Enjoy complimentary transfers from Taupo or join the adventure from the rafting base in Turangi. Be greeted on arrival and kitted out with all the necessary gear. From the rafting base, a bus will take you to the top of the river. Receive an on-shore safety briefing and paddle instructions with an experienced guide. Take on Grade 3 rapids – an ideal grade for first-time rafters right up to experienced paddlers. Be treated to incredible sights along the Tongariro River that are only accessible by raft. After your river adventure, return to the rafting base to view your epic photos. Enjoy a deli-style lunch during summer months or hot soup with bread during winter. 
  • Transportation from Taupo (optional)
  • Expert guide
  • All necessary equipment including a life jacket
  • Full safety briefing
  • Wholesome deli-style lunch in summer or hot soup and bread in winter
  • Tea and coffee
  • Warm soak in thermal hot pools in winter
  • Digital photos, which are available to purchase
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Tongariro River Rafting, 95 Atirau Road, Turangi 3353.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Know before you go

  • Children between 10 to 13 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • There is a minimum number of people required for the tour to operate and there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if this is not met and you will be offered an alternative date or full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
  • Value for money
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Attentive tour guide to cater for some more nervous than others. Nice touch with hot chocolate on boat on the way down. Fun to jump off cliff would have liked to do that more than once. Letting people change seats so more can try the front was good. Friendly atmosphere at the depot.

February 21, 2020

Exciting and a blast to experience. We absolutely loved this whitewater experience! Our guide, Jade, was the best at maneuvering the rapids after teaching his crew how to help too. The hot chocolate at the end of our trip rocked!

March 7, 2020

Amazing experience with the company, our guide and the rafting!

March 4, 2020

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