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.

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.


  • Please Note: All you need is a reasonable level of fitness.

    This experience is NOT suitable for pregnant women.

    This experience is NOT recommended for people over 130 kgs.

    You must be 13+ years to join this experience.

    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 November 08 to November 14

Change Dates

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  • Per Person$89.00

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


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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.

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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

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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.

roy from New Zealand wrote on 27 January 2020

White water fun

Great river great day all the guides were fantastic.made it a really exciting and fun experience

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From Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River

Thanks Roy. The Wairoa River is a really great day out rafting grade 5

Martin Neudorfer from Austria wrote on 18 March 2019

Epic adventure

Was awesome, exciting and fun. Would choose that company again. Thanks to Sam and the rest of the team for that epic adventure.

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From Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River

Thanks heaps for coming raft with Kaituna Cascades & writing a review Martin. Sounds like you guys had an awesome trip out on the Wairoa river. I will be sure to pass on the message / praises to the boys . Cheers Mate

Eren Ural from United States wrote on 04 February 2019

Great experience!

We had a great experience with Kaituna cascades going down the Wairoa river. Guides were positive and enthusiastic, no negativity or mean jokes to be found. Everything was well explained in a non condescending manner. Highly recommend this company for anyone thinking about rafting the Wairoa!

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From Kaituna Cascades - Grade 5 Wairoa River

Thanks for the Awesome review Eren !! We are really glad you enjoyed the trip.


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