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Per Person $221 USD
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This is a real, honest-to-goodness whitewater rafting trip!

Your day of adventure begins with your driver/guide explaining the geology of this volcanic region and its unique ecology, the result of 80 million years of isolation. You'll hear about the culture of the Maori people and drive through a kiwi plantation as you make your way to the Kaituna River.

Upon arrival at the river, you will be fitted with a helmet, safety vest and wetsuit and will receive thorough rafting instructions by your very experienced guide. This trip is suitable for novice and experienced rafters alike, and your instructors have been guiding people through these waters safely for many years.

Now it's time to climb in the raft to begin this exhilarating journey. For the next 50 minutes or so, prepare to have the time of your life as you drop down waterfalls, ride through rushing rapids, and paddle through the calm stretches.

Time for a bit of a break as your guide informs you about the fascinating history of this area. Then get ready for the biggest thrill of all, Tutea Falls. At almost 23 feet high, this falls is the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall. But don't be afraid. Your guide has brought many people through this experience without incident. Once it's over, take a look back at where you've been and be amazed and proud of what you have accomplished.

Rafting the Kaituna can work up quite an appetite so we will stop at a local cafe for a well-earned lunch (not included in the price). Relax and enjoy a tour of the Rotorua area before you head back to your cruise ship to relate to all on board the details of your day's adventure.

You have now earned bragging rights!

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Drive through a kiwi orchard
  • Learn about Maori culture
  • All safety equipment and rafting instruction
  • Whitewater rafting on the Kaituna River with experience rafting guide
  • Stop in Kairau Park to see boiling pools
  • Short tour of Rotorua with experienced tour guide

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 7 hrs - Tour time will be assigned 30 minutes after your ship arrives.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Departure time will be assigned upon tour confirmation and will coincide with your ship's time in port.
• Bring or wear swim suit and towel and a change of clothing.
• Helmets, safety vests and wetsuits will be provided.
• Lockers are provided for valuables.


• Pending conditions, this is a Grade 5 raft experience.
• This tour is offered on all cruise ship days except Christmas Day.
• This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate and takes a maximum of 14 people.
• Minimum age to participate is 13 years old.
• All participants must weigh less than 275 pounds.
• All participants must sign a waiver before rafting.
• Cost of lunch is not included in the price of the tour.