Kaituna River and Tutea Falls Whitewater Rafting
- Duration: 2.5 hours
- Optional audio guide
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This activity is a must do near Rotorua. We got to their base by taxi (please try to book their hotel transfer, as the taxi could be quite expensive for such a long distance) and then they gave us the safety briefing and the equipment. We got instructed at first in the parking in the boat and also at the beginning in the river. We were 7 in the boat (6 customers and one guy from them in the back). The guy was very good and knew the river portions inside out, so he always prepared us for every waterfall. It was an amazing experience, full of adrenaline and perfectly safe. I loved the fact that the guy guided us to do extra stuff other than just completing the rafting itself, such as jumping to swim in a whirlpool area or staying with the boat in the waves for a while like surfing. One of their guys was taking photos of all the boats during the rafting from the woods and we got really nice photos from him at the end for a reasonable price (40 NZD).
Hobbiton was much larger than expected and the tour did not disappoint! Tubing through the gloworms at Waitomo was a great way to see them. The cave river is definitely cold but worth it. Nothing too scary or difficult! The pick up in Royorua and drop off in Auckland was perfect for us! Anne our driver was very knowledgeable about the area even with the detours for roadworks.
The trip was a blast! The guide was hilarious and navigated us well, there were opportunities to jump out of the boat and swim around (in not-too-cold water), and they even allowed us to swim down one of the smaller rapids! I'd never done it before, and it was so much fun!
This was our favorite activity of our trip to New Zealand! The rafting itself was a thrill and our guides were hilarious. We all feel closer for having survived the waterfalls together.
We had such an amazing experience white water rafting for the first time with this company. The guides were all incredibly knowledgeable and friendly.