Suitable for ages 3 and up, our Tongariro Family Fun is an adventure for people wanting a safe, intimate introduction to white-water rafting. The 8km (5 mile) journey is perfect for families with young children, more senior of citizens or those that are just not very water-confident.
The entire Tongariro Family Fun adventure is ‘hands-on’ and engaging; it so unique that you will think you are miles away from civilization while riding a series of 20+ rapids – with our professional raft guides ensuring everyone is enjoying themselves with authentic Maori myths and legends unique to this part of the country, fun, laughter, water education, safety tips and expert trivia about the fragile Tongariro environment.
The Tongariro Family Fun Adventure also includes a visit to the National Trout Centre where you can feed the Trout and enjoy snacks provided. Plus, an optional cliff-jumping and swimming in the river is also offered to those that are feeling confident, all within a safely monitored environment.
The Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3 is our most popular adventure. The River is world-famous for its incredible scenery, pristine water and incredibly rare wild life. Only with Rafting New Zealand will you get to experience the 50+ Grade 3 Rapids of the Tongariro River with an authentic professional Kiwi raft guide.
A unique blend of fun, excitement, adrenaline, education and culture is what you’ll receive with our Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3 Adventure. Experience authentic Maori myths and legends shared by professional New Zealand guides that have a special connection to them. Witness some of the world’s most pristine environments from crystal clear waters to native flora and fauna. As well as the chance to see one of New Zealand’s most endangered birds in its natural environment – the Whio (or, Blue duck) – famous for its ‘whistle’, rather than ‘quack’. Enjoy on-river snacks and an optional cliff-jump for those feeling confident.
Let’s not forget the rapids! There’s over 60 of them during our 14km (8 mile) journey. They each have a story our guides will share with you as you rock-and-roll down the river, bouncing off of canyon walls and over boulders in this natural adventure playground we call home.
Afterwards, refuel with a complimentary drink, and a Hot Dog while viewing photos from the trip you can also purchase.
Riding rapids through an awesomely beautiful and untouched natural volcanic gorge is a uniquely spiritual experience. Who better to guide you than the Kiwi professionals at New Zealand’s best Rafting Company
Whakapapa River fishing trips are a true gem, especially by river raft. The Whakapapa River is one of the most stunning rivers which flows from our local volcanoes and boasts amazing brown/rainbow trout fishing and some of the most impressive scenery! Both rainbow and brown trout grow to huge sizes in this river and some big-number days can be achieved by a competent angler.
All styles of trout fishing will be productive here but as it is a fairly deep-flowing river we generally use nymphing to target these Wiley trout. Not considered an ‘easy’ river to fish, it is recommended to choose our “Guided” option, to ensure you get as many opportunities as possible to hook one of these wild beasts which are known for their extra-strong fighting strength and their ability to escape even the most experienced of anglers.
Travelling by river raft on your Whakapapa River fishing trip will get you to areas which are not fished often and seldom see anglers. Expect the river to be free of fisherman on most days. Our nymphing trip will start in the thick native forest before entering a deep inaccessible gorge which will, in the end, push us out between typical New Zealand rolling-hill farmland.
During our brown/rainbow trout fishing excursion all sorts of wildlife will be on the river with us, ranging from native birdlife, such as Tuis, Fantails and the Kereru (native pigeon), and larger game animals like red deer, pigs and wild goats. The best time to take on these challenging Whakapapa River fishing trips is between October and March (depending on water levels) as we need the water to be low and clear so we can find the trout a little easier.
Everything can be provided for you on this trout fishing adventure and you can expect the very best service when booking this trip. All you need to bring is plenty of energy and a great sense of humour.
All on river apparel is provided (all you need is your swimsuit and towel), your “kiwi” professional river guide will keep you safe and give you a great time – come experience the thrill of rafting – Aotearoa styles!