River Rats rafting and kayaking adventures take you deep into the heart of 100% Pure New Zealand. Pack your sense of adventure and join us on the river for rafting experiences across grades two to five, including almighty waterfall drops, rushing rapids, and calm pools of recovery.

Whatever your age or adventure stage our experiences are right for you. Safety comes first at River Rats. All our raft guides are qualified experts and operate safe and professional rafting and kayaking expeditions. Initial training is given prior to all expeditions along with warm gear appropriate to the conditions and safety gear to ensure that you get thrills without the chills.

Get white knuckle thrills on the grade 5 Kaituna Waterfall or Wairoa experiences or slow down the pace and bring the whole family (ages 5 and up for children) on our Rangitaiki grade two scenic expedition.

Soak up the calm peacefulness of the lush native bush surrounding the river, learn about the environment and hear about local history. You will also appreciate the warmer waters of our North Island rivers as they are not mountain fed.


River Rats also offers lake kayaking and river sledging activities for more fun on, and in, our rivers and lakes. Guided kayak trips take you to the Manupirua Springs Hot Pools or take your own tour with freedom kayak hire. Sledging takes adventure to another level as you experience the river from eye level while guiding your sledge down river.

River Rats New Zealand experiences are second to none and will leave you wanting to go again and again. Bring your swimsuit and a towel and leave with a grin from ear to ear and the memory of a lifetime.

A great experience for independent travellers, families and groups. Complimentary shuttles depart from our Rotorua base and central accommodation so get on board.