Rotorua
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Kaituna River: 3.5-Hour Whitewater Rafting Experience

1. Kaituna River: 3.5-Hour Whitewater Rafting Experience

Take on a thrilling rafting adventure with experienced and local Kiwi guides. From first timers to white rafting enthusiasts - there's something for everyone. Navigate a wildly beautiful landscape while learning about Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and protection of the land. A quality adventure is blended with Maori culture for a memorable experience. You can self-drive or benefit from courtesy transport from your door to the relaxing River base situated in the middle of Rotorua's native Kahikatea Forest. You're welcome to make use of the volleyball court or 3D maze located onsite. Receive an in-depth safety briefing on land and clamber into high-quality river gear. It's a quick bus ride to the Okere section of the Kaituna River where you'll train and hone your rafting skills before dropping into the gorge and commencing your adrenaline packed activity. Snake through steep New Zealand native bush clad canyons. Be thrilled by fourteen awesome rapids and tree waterfalls including the world-renowned 7-meter Tutea Falls. Once your amazing journey on the river comes to an end, jump back on the bus and head back to the River base. Re-live the rafting action through photos snapped by a professional adventure photographer along the way. 

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Kaituna River: 3.5-Hour White Water Sledging Experience

2. Kaituna River: 3.5-Hour White Water Sledging Experience

Try your hand at sledging, a uniquely ‘Kiwi’ activity, on the Kaituna River. The adventure is infused with local Maori culture and no prior experience is required. You can self-drive or benefit from courtesy transport from your door to the relaxing river base situated in the middle of Rotorua's native Kahikatea Forest. You're welcome to make use of the volleyball court or 3D maze located onsite. Receive an in-depth safety briefing on land and clamber into high-quality river gear. It's a quick bus ride to the Okere section of the Kaituna River where you can hone your sledging skills before jumping into the water. Enjoy the native scenery, play holes, and exhilarating rapids as you negotiate your way downriver at eye level. You’re in charge of your own vessel, propelled by the flippers on your feet. Experienced local guides will be nearby to encourage and help where necessary. At the end of your river adventure, jump back on the bus to return to the river base.

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Rotorua: Kaituna Rafting & Mt. Tarawera Hiking Combo

3. Rotorua: Kaituna Rafting & Mt. Tarawera Hiking Combo

Take on a thrilling rafting adventure with experienced and local Kiwi guides. Navigate a wildly beautiful landscape while learning about Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and protection of the land. Snake through steep New Zealand bush-clad canyons. Be thrilled by fourteen rapids and tree waterfalls, including the world-renowned 7-meter Tutea Falls. Relive the rafting action through photos snapped by a professional adventure photographer along the way. Throughout the day, your guide will share the history of Mount Tarawera's eruption as well as local myths and legends. On arrival at the mountain base, begin the ascent to the crater's edge in an off-road 4x4 vehicle up through native bushland. After a quick stop at the solar-powered mountain base, continue up to the beginning of the track.  Admire stunning scenic vistas and 360-degree panoramic views as you enjoy the hike up. At the summit, you can leap down into the heart of the volcanic crater for a fun and short run.

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Auckland to Rotorua Private Tour

4. Auckland to Rotorua Private Tour

The sulphur city of Rotorua, over 200km south of Auckland, is known for its geothermal wonders, lakes and authentic Maori experiences. On this tour, you will travel via New Zealand’s famous Thermal Explorer Highway route taking in the special region of Rotorua. Your experience guide will tell you about New Zealand and its extraordinary places you will see along the approximately three-hour journey to the Sulphur City of Rotorua – one of New Zealand’s most visited tourism destinations. On the way to Rotorua, you will drive through some truly beautiful countryside and can incorporate a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set into this tour as an optional extra. If time permits, the Mamaku Blueberry Farm is worth a stop – it's a lovely spot for a break at the café to see some real Kiwi ingenuity at work on this Blueberry Farm and Winery. In Rotorua, there are many attractions and activities. There is something for everyone from relaxing spa treatments, geothermal parks with bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers, hot springs, bird and wildlife encounters, natural lakes, the Redwood Forest, mountains, active volcanoes to cultural and adventurous experiences such as Maori village visits.

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What people are saying about Rotorua

Our tour was fantastic, from the moment we stepped onto the bus. From the awe-inspiring vista, to the knowledgable, passionate guardians of the land, we will treasure the memories forever.

Fantastic experience for my 12 year old daughter and I! We both loved it, and a nice challenge without it being too hard.

Wonderful view and river was awesome, enjoyed the rafting and instructor made it a lot more fun.

Awesome trip lots of fun, great staff, definitely recommend.

Absolutely amazing adventure experience! Awesome guides!