Explore Bookme forRotorua & Taupo

Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River

Take on the mighty Wairoa River in an adrenaline-pumping rafting expedition you'll never forget! Make sure you're one of the lucky few that get to experience this rafting trip of a lifetime.


  • Take on some of the best white-water action in New Zealand!
  • Experienced and safety assured guide.
  • Don’t miss this experience that’s only available 26 days a year!
  • Experience includes a small lunch and refreshments at the river.

The Grade 5 Wairoa River is renowned for having some of the best white water action in New Zealand.

Kaituna Cascades is the only company to run the whole river - including the bottom 3 rapids and lower waterfall!

Hold on for dear life as you tackle 'Mothers Nightmare' which has a technical grade 4 rock garden, closely followed by a tight 2 metre drop.

Experience the thrill of 'The Rollercoaster' - Consisting of the aptly named 'Devils Cauldron' and the breathtaking 'Bottom Drop'.

Feel the rush of 'The Waterfall' which has an awesome 3 metre drop into a churning pool of white water through the Wairoa Rivers boulder-strewn rock canyon.

Make sure you're one of the lucky few to experience this rafting trip of a lifetime as the Wairoa River is only open 26 days a year!

Per Person $150.00 (13 years +)

What's included

  • The best guides on the river!
  • Custom built rafts for your experience.
  • Helmets, Lifejackets, Paddles, Wetsuits, Fleece tops, Wetsuit Booties and Splash Jackets.
  • A small lunch and refreshments at the river.


  • Allow approx 3.5 hours for the whole experience


  • 1378 State Highway 29 - Tauranga.
  • The river is located just outside Tauranga on highway 29, 15 minutes from Tauranga or 50 minutes from Rotorua.


  • Minimum age: 13
  • All you need is a reasonable level of fitness.

    This experience is NOT suitable for pregnant women.

    Recommended maximum weight is 120kgs - must be fit and healthy.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Your safety is our No.1 priority at Kaituna Cascades. If for any reason we feel safety is compromised we reserve the right to cancel any trip or person.

    Any river trip carries a degree of risk - participants must be aware that while safety is paramount Kaituna Cascades cannot 100% guarantee your safety.

    Cancellations within 24 hours and "no shows" are non-refundable. A 20% cancellation fee applies to any booking cancelled prior.

Available Bookings from December 06 to December 12

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Mon 6 Dec
Tue 7 Dec
Wed 8 Dec
Thu 9 Dec
Fri 10 Dec
Sat 11 Dec
Sun 12 Dec

  • Per Person$110.00 Less than 6 at this price!

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


16 reviews

Showing all 16 authenticated Bookme reviews

Stephanie Parmenter from New Zealand wrote on 18 October 2021

Had a blast

We were lucky enough to go rafting yesterday with Kaituna Cascades. So much fun! Due to level 2 restrictions our bubble of 2 got a raft of our own, a VIP experience. Elvis our guide knew the river inside out and we felt super safe. Great photos we love them. Thanks for a wicked experience!

Share Link

From Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River

Great to hear you loved the Wairoa river trip with Elvis & the photos we take !!

christinab6 from New Zealand wrote on 22 March 2021

What a Blast!!

The whole trip was so much fun. Guides had awesome humor and made sure all safety and instuctions was clear but not dull. Rapids were thilling!

Share Link

From Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River

Cheers for the mint review - the Wairoa is the best ate !!

Blake Weston from New Zealand wrote on 28 December 2020

Amazing Experience! Definitely recommend!

LOVED our trip down the Wairoa River yesterday! My girlfriend and I went rafting with Kaituna Cascades as a Christmas gift and loved every minute of it – some amazing rapids, great raft guides (always felt in safe hands) and so much fun!! Thanks to Rob and the team for having us yesterday! Will be back some time soon to explore Okere Falls with you guys!

Share Link

From Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River

Awesome present to get !! The Wairoa is one of NZs best 1day rafting trips. Looking forward to taking you guys down the Kaituna river in the future.

Hendricus de Bruijn from New Zealand wrote on 12 October 2020

Awesome experience

We had a great time rafting the Wairoa River. The guide was superb and he made sure we all enjoyed our time on the river.

Share Link

From Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River

Great to hear you enjoyed Petes skills & got out there on the First Wairoa Trip of this season. Theres only 26 chances to raft this river every year. Thanks Hendricus

davidl3 from New Zealand wrote on 09 March 2020

Great Day On The River

Very professionally run, great fun and the river was fantastic

Share Link

From Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River

We are stoked you got out there & enjoyed the Wairoa river !! It's one of the best grade 5 day trips in NZ & is only available 26 days over the summer period.


10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

Spaces Left

Per Person 13 years +

    *This option must be made together with another price type.

    Qualmark Certification

    This award identifies a business with a high level of professionalism, a keen awareness of the impact it has on the environment and a commitment to a customer centric approach.

    This award is evidence of a sophisticated tourism business that consistently exceeds visitor expectations. Their proactive leadership and management ensure the business’s focus on continuously improving their economic, social and environmental performance to create genuine, constantly evolving and sustainable tourism experiences.

    This award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand. It denotes exceptional customer experiences at the heart of everything the company does. This business is leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world class sustainable visitor destination.

    When you see the Qualmark logo, your activity of choice is endorsed by New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance organisation and backed by leaders in the industry. It’s your trusted guide to iconic activities and experiences that are awarded for their exceptionally high level of quality, safety and sustainability.

    Sample menu


    Delete your content?

    This item will be deleted immediately. You can't undo this action.