Epic rafting in Rotorua on Kaituna Cascades – New Zealand

Rotorua is well known for its adrenalin and outdoor activities. Rafting is one of them. If you have ever wondered about rafting in New Zealand, there are some reasons why to choose the Kaituna river.

Worlds highest rafted waterfall

If you want a unique experience, why not trying the highest waterfall you can ever commercially raft? Tutea Falls is 7 meters tall.  Riding it down is just a fabulous experience! You can watch great photos and videos, but none of them tells you the real feeling when you are actually in the waterfall.

New Zealand’s Grade 5 white-water experience

There is a great chance to pump some adrenaline in your blood.

Kaituna Cascades tour

You might be interested what to expect during the tour. First of all is good to know that no prior rafting experience is necessary. You will be given comprehensive “dry” training before going to the river.

Everything starts when you arrive at the Kaituna Cascades raft company meeting hall. It’s super easy because their base is right next to the river. You will sign up a form and after short welcoming instructions, you will have a chance to get changed to neoprene (optional) and a fleece jacket. You will also get a helmet and life jacket.

Lower part of Kaituna river, Rotorua
A lower part of Kaituna river, Rotorua

When everybody is ready its time for dry training. Your guide will go through all important things and safety instructions. He will show you, how to correctly sit in the raft and the right way to paddle. You will try to paddle as a team and train how to behave while riding down the waterfall or what to do if you accidentally fall into the water.

Team photo before rafting!
Team photo before rafting!

Before final walk to the river, there is one more important thing – a team photo. Final look depends also on your creative guide – I bet you will love that picture! And then it’s time for….

White-water rafting adventure in Rotorua

The best 50 minutes rafting adventure you can ever imagine! Your team is going to ride down 14 great rapids in a tight and twisting warm water jungle canyon.

Rafting on Kaituna Cascades is simply amazing!
Rafting on Kaituna Cascades is simply amazing!

At the beginning, there is a quite calm part where you are going to practice everything you have learned on the ground including jumping to the water and rescuing. Since then the real fun starts! First double waterfall! Your adrenalin is already pumped in. There are some nice pools on the way as well, so we could jump out the raft and swim around. It was cool because the stream takes you from the raft and then brings you back.

Few more rapids and THE Tutea waterfall is here! Few more instructions to repeat, “war cry” to shout out loud and go!! 3 strokes, hold tight, jump in and wait! Waaaater everywhere!

7 meters high Tutea falls, Kaituna Cascades
7 meters high Tutea falls, Kaituna Cascades

Oh my gosh, we did it! That was super awesome! So we can proudly pose for the picture, can’t we? 🙂

This waterfall was simply epic! During the fall you don’t have time to realize, that the whole raft was for a short time completely under the water!

Enjoying fun on the river Kaituna, Rotorua
Enjoying fun on the river Kaituna, Rotorua

There were some more great rapids, where we did some funny “rodeo rides”, standing rides, etc.

Overall the tour is a good mix of rapids, waterfalls and couple calm sections, where you can enjoy the great surroundings.

So much fun with a professional guide

The whole tour was a blast. One of the reasons was our great guide, who made it so much fun. We have never felt bored. He was making jokes, rodeos, jumps or provoking water fights with other rafts. Even though some of the rapids were grade 5 (very difficult), we have never ever felt unsafe. Kaituna Cascades guides are just pure professionals! You can 100% trust them!

Watching over the safety on 7 meters high Tutea falls
Watching over the safety on 7 meters high Tutea falls

What else to say? It was simply fantastic! This was honestly the best day in Rotorua for us and the best rafting we have ever done in our lives! It’s well worth the money! Thanks, Kaituna Cascades!

Epic rafting in Rotorua on Kaituna Cascades – New Zealand
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