White Water Rafting - Kaituna Cascades, The Originals

2 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


Kaituna Cascades was the original company to explore and start rafting the Kaituna River, and is still locally owned and operated by two current raft guides - so you know you'll be in great hands!!
No where in the world can you raft down such a beautiful river that drops into a vertical walled canyon filled with raftable waterfalls and countless playful rapids. The water is deep and warm (most of the year) and is usually a highlight of peoples visit to NZ. All of our guides are handpicked, highly skilled professionals that come from an extreme whitewater background in Kayaking and Rafting. We will give you the safest and most entertaining trip on the river!
This is also most definitely the best value for money rafting in NZ too.
Our aim is have FUN, So come join us for this EPIC once in a lifetime experience.

Cheers & see you on the river - Pete & Blue


  • Custom built rafts, wetsuits, helmets, lifejackets, paddles, fleece tops, wetsuit booties, and splash jackets
  • Local, professional & highly trained guides

What to expect


Join us for the most unique and beautiful whitewater rafting experience in New Zealand!
The famous Kaituna River is a rafters dream – a 50 minute action packed ride down 11 epic rapids, 3 wild waterfalls – One of which is the highest rafted waterfall in the world at 7 meters. All of this in a deep, usually warm water jungle canyon!

All this with our legendary guides & you’ve got yourself the perfect day out!

Our sweet Rafting Base in Okere Falls is in an awesome sunny location, surrounded by a scenic reserve and backs onto the shores of the Kaituna. We are the closest and most accessible company to the river, meaning you get a more relaxed environment to enjoy yourself.
The native scenic reserve has a beautiful walking trail which you can view many rapids of the Kaituna River & there is even an amazing café around the corner.
This makes for a great half day trip out to this stunning region of Rotorua.

Stop At:

• Kaituna Cascades, 18 Okere Falls Road Rotorua, Rotorua 3074 New Zealand
• Okere Falls, Okere Falls, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island
• Kaituna River, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Additional information

  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Amber J
April 2022

Heaps of fun! Went with my 15 year old son. Contemplated going back for the afternoon booking but will wait for other family to join us next time. Always wanted to go white water rafting and finally ticked it off. Good gear was provided, guides were fun and made it all feel safe. Definitely reco...

May 2022

This was a great adventure for us. Safety equipment all supplied, Excellent instructors, very thorough safety training and great sense of humour from the staff. Great value for money, wanted to do it again straight after. Great group sizes, not too many in each raft.

April 2022

Amazing experience! 100% recommended. The guides have wonderful energy, they are professionals and with knowledge in this kind of activity. The team transmits the confidence from the beginning, even if you are an unconfident person like me to do this kind of activity. Loved the experience and I w...

April 2022

Awesome trip, well organised, professional, fun and lottsa laughs with blue and the team. Would highly recommend this company for your thrills and spills on the kaituna River. Anatural epitheatre for rafting.

April 2022

Fantastic trip for our mixed family group of all ages - such good fun, great guides, gear and experience. Highly recommended 👌 🤙🏼

April 2022

Family Trip with 3 teenagers. The whole gig was relaxed but professional, the guides played the nervousness really well. Hamish our guide read the team and pushed us a little based on levels of water comfort, good man, added to the adventure. good vibe all round. very cool experience for a half...

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