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7 Places to go White Water Rafting in New Zealand

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Where to go white water rafting in New Zealand.

Due to its mountainous terrain, New Zealand offers some outstanding white water rivers. This is the most adventurous way to see the dramatic river gorges the country has to offer.

New Zealand, being the adrenaline-fuelled country that it is, obviously boasts some amazing white water rafting. What’s more, anyone can give rafting a go in New Zealand with the easy grade one rapids to the challenging grade fives. There are plenty of companies that can take backpackers and working holidaymakers on day trips that you will never forget in both the North Island and South Island. All of the rafting trips listed below have their own unique quirks and perks, from maximised fun including cliff jumps and surfing rapids to scenic full-day trips seeing the most spectacular scenery.

If adventure is what you’re looking for in New Zealand then don’t miss white water rafting!

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1. Rangitikei River and Ngaruroro River

In a secluded location in the North Island, River Valley Lodge specialises in rafting the Rangitikei and Ngaruroro rivers. The grade 4 and 5 option gives you more time to take in the scenery in between being splashed in the face and surfing rapids.

Location: River Valley, North Island

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2. Shotover River

Queenstown  Rafting takes you to Skippers Canyon for some grade 3 to 5 rafting. Getting to the launch point is an adventure in itself by taking the gnarly Skippers Road. A highlight is being plunged into darkness in the Oxenbridge Tunnel, as well as many insane grade 3-5 rapids.

Location: Queenstown, South Island

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3. Tongariro River

The river offers rafting for relaxing paddle in the lower Tongariro and more extreme rapids in the upper gorge.

Location: Tongariro, North Island

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4. Wairoa River

For the adrenaline junkie, this trip with Rafting New Zealand takes you on 2 grade 5 rivers. Plunge down one waterfall… and another… and then another! This trip only operates on Sundays.

Location: Tauranga, North Island

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5. Rangitata Gorge

Choose from grade 1 to 5 on the raging Rangitata River in the Canterbury region. Rangitata Rafts guarantees grade 5 rapids everyday from October to May. The package also includes a food before and after your trip.

Location: Canterbury, South Island

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6. The Mohaka River

Somewhere between Napier and Taupo on the Thermal Explorer Highway is the Mohaka River with deep gorges and challenging rapids. Offering different full-day adventures, Mohaka Rafting takes you on river journeys through fossilised canyons and often the chance to spot some wildlife along the way. Mohaka Rafting opens for spring, summer and autumn.

Location: Hawke’s Bay, North Island

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7. Kaituna River

This river in Rotorua has the highest commercially rafted waterfall in New Zealand so expect a fast heart-thumping ride.

Location: Rotorua, North Island

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