Rafting / Kayaking – White Water Tour

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This guided tour is a fun, half-day adventure.

Great for families and is a very exciting activity to do as a team. Paddle the Whakapapa River!

Paddle your own boat! Be prepared to get wet & laugh a lot! Wet suits / Life jackets & Boots provided / Thrills and spills inclusive / No Experience is necessary. Good Fun Grade 2-3 rapids not too big & not too small.

Paddle the Whakapapa River in 2-person inflatable kayaks. Stunning views. The crystal-clear waters descend from Mt Ruapehu (Tongariro National Park) and flow into the majestic Whanganui River. The river edges are surrounded by native New Zealand forest.

Our kayaking tours start on the Whakapapa River near Owhango village before joining into the Whanganui River. The river edge is surrounded by native New Zealand Podocarp forest. This virgin forest has some of the tallest stands of Rimu & Kahikatea around. Blue ducks (whio) swim the river and hunt for insects in the white water. This area has the highest density population of whio in the whole of our country.

Our kayaks are a cross between a kayak and a raft. They offer the manoeuvrability of a kayak and the stability of a raft making them virtually impossible to tip over. They slide over and around rocks following the natural flow of the water. They are heaps of fun! Be in control of your own boat, it’s just like rafting only you’re the one doing the work! The rapids are grade 2-3 – not too big and not too small. Heaps of fun, anyone can do this! White water rafting at its best!

Tours depart from National Park Village; we are time schedule flexible: we prefer mornings but we can make afternoon tours work as well. Just give us a call or email us and we’ll work it out.

We provide:

  • Kayaks and paddles
  • Wetsuits, life jackets, booties, and helmets
  • Return transport from National Park Village
  • Experienced and qualified guides
  • Snacks and hot drinks.

We can organise a BBQ at the end on request.