White Water Rafting - Kaituna Cascades, The Originals

Badge of ExcellenceOkere Falls, New Zealand
White Water Rafting on the Kaituna River and Tutea Falls grade 5

From US$76.07

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Go white water rafting on the Kaituna River for a thrilling outing from Rotorua. Your guide leads you on an action-packed 1-hour ride down 14 rapids at Tutea Falls, the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall at 23 feet (7 meters). This warm water rafting trip takes place in a gorgeous jungle canyon and is suitable for active people, no prior rafting experience required.
  • Guides provide safe and fun rafting experience
  • Includes use of all necessary gear
  • Choose from several departure times to suit your schedule
  • Starting point located near other Okere Falls destinations

What's Included

  • Custom built rafts, wetsuits, helmets, lifejackets, paddles, fleece tops, wetsuit booties, and splash jackets
  • Local, professional & highly trained guides
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 18 Okere Falls Road
    18 Okere Falls Road, Okere Falls 3074, New Zealand

    Big Red & Yellow Rafting base right beside the Kaituna River

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Availability is all year round - Warm water in the summer and cooler in the winter (more gear provided)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Exhilarting experience - went in without knowing much about rafting (don't even know swimming) but had an absolutely amazing adrenaline pumping experience. Good support and fabulous guide. Kids absolutely loved it


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Fun in the sun
Stu_A, Feb 2023
Really enjoyable and fun experience. The only slight disappointment is no pictures of the event to look back on. Would defo do again however.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thanks for the awesome review & loving the ride... Unfortunately when he Rangitaiki is that high and fast - we don't have the time to stop and wait for a photo kayaker (they are also dedicated safety at those high levels. Cheers hope you have some great memories
Great experience!
Andrzej_D, Jan 2023
Absolutely great, strongly recommend! Never did rafting before and loved it! Watch out on sitting at the front - usually these people fell off during the waterfalls
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Front seat of the raft is the wettest & most action !! Thanks for review & coming out rafting with us
Will do it again !
Shekhar_S, Jan 2023
Exhilarting experience - went in without knowing much about rafting (don't even know swimming) but had an absolutely amazing adrenaline pumping experience. Good support and fabulous guide. Kids absolutely loved it
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Awesome !! Cheers foe the great review :)
100% excellent
Shirley_C, Jun 2020
Great adrenaline rush. As it had been raining a few days the river was much higher and fast flowing, this made it even more exciting. The 7 metre waterfall was just exhilarating! The additional swim through another waterfall was a fun bonus. The staff were the best, safety was always at the heart and they were thorough. They made the event so much fun. I would definitely recommend it. Can’t wait to do it again.
Well worth the drive from Auckland
Darren_L, Feb 2020
The day was exciting from the moment we arrived to the moment we were shown fantastic pictures from the days activity. The highlight of the day was definitely our rafting guide, Joel. He made learning the different techniques with the boat crew fun and kept spirits high throughout the entire experience. This activity is definitely a must
Most memorable on our trip!
pbailey051912, Feb 2020
Sam was the BEST!!! We were 6 adults with one being slightly handicapped and he watched out for her and gave us the time of our lives. White water rafting was definitely the highlight of our trip!!!
Response from Host, Feb 2020
That's excellent to hear. So many are saying its the BEST thing they did while in NZ & that makes us very happy !! Sam's got lots of experience rafting all around the world
The 7 metre waterfall
John_C, Jan 2020
GREAT EXPERIENCE..would definetley do again and take more people so we got the boat to ourselves!!!!
Response from Host, Jan 2020
6 people per raft is the magic number but it dosn't matter if your by yourself we will find you some new friends !! Cheers john for taking the time to write a review
Outstanding Ride
kab06wa, Jan 2020
This was a great trip and one of the highlights of our stay in New Zealand - a great event for me and my teen kids. Pete, our guide, was the best. We also liked the photo package offered by the vendor. almost a 100 pictures taken at key spots on the river for a reasonable price.
Incredible Activity
Christina_D, Oct 2019
This tour company was the best! We had the best time on our rafting trip, got to do everything with a great guide, Christy! We wanted to go again and again. Exhilarating and even better in the rain.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Thanks. We are stoked when we read reviews like this !!
White water adventure
David_W, Oct 2018
Greatly enjoyed the trip up until the boat tipped over on the largest waterfall. That was very frightening to my wife, but we made it through. Just be prepared that it could occur. The before and after was great.

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