Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging

Kaitiaki Adventures offers superior and unforgettable white water rafting and sledging experiences. We give our clients an initiation into Aspects Maori through myth and legends, kupu hou (new Maori words) and Karakia (Maori prayer) all whilst experiencing the ultimate adrenaline rush. Kiwi guides offering a real kiwi experience.

Kaituna River Rafting
Raft the Kaituna River with our world class guides. Snake through steep bush clad canyons and over 14 awesome drops including the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world -7m Tutea Falls. Blended with a touch of Maori culture, this trip offers it all, for both white water rafting enthusiasts and first timers. Grade 5

Kaituna River Sledging
Kaitiaki Adventures are New Zealand’s original white water sledging specialists - since 1989. There is something for everyone on this beautiful scenic excursion. Play holes and awesome rapids to negotiate your way through as you are in charge of your own vessel. Take the river on at eye level and propel yourself through the water by the flippers on your feet. Our qualified guides are there to encourage, motivate and help you where necessary. This is a white water adrenaline junkies dream. Grade 3

Wairoa River Rafting & Sledging
The Wairoa River is a challenging Grade 5 stretch of water which only operates on selected Sunday’s over the summer months between Sep-April. This river offers unsurpassed rafting and sledging (1:1 sledging guide ratio) adventures with people travelling far and wide to experience this dam controlled river. The Wairoa offers a backdrop of the beautiful MacLaren’s Falls followed by 1 hour and 45 mins of adrenaline overload. At the end of your world class rafting/sledging journey we will provide a kiwi style BBQ lunch for you to enjoy.

Okere Kopia (Heli-Raft/Sledge-Jet Boat): - White Island flight & landing option is also available on request
This exclusive experience is available to Kaitiaki Adventures only. We will fly by helicopter into the Te Akau Block which is the land of Hinerangi and Hinekiri. Your spectacular white water adventure will start here and continue on for the next 10kms. Untouched scenic beauty awaits you as you travel down through historic Maori lands infused with Maori culture. You will negotiate awesome drops and rapids accompanied by New Zealand most qualified river guides. At the end of your white water adventure you will be met by the Kaituna Jet Boat who will take you on a thrilling Jet Boat ride for the last 12kms of your journey. There is no other adventure in New Zealand where you will literally climb from your raft or sledge into a Jet Boat to complete your unique experience.

No previous experience is required on any of the excursions we provide. Kaitiaki Adventures will give you all the training and safety equipment of the highest standard to make your journey a safe yet unforgettable time. Our guides are all NZQA Qualified and our business is a Qualmark Endorsed and Maritime Safety approved operation.

Kaitiaki’s purpose built base is equipped with changing rooms, lockers, eco friendly facilities and full credit cards facilities. The base also offers a place for you to relax in the peaceful atmosphere set amongst the ancient volcanic landscape of Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve.

Courtesy Transport provided from Rotorua central accommodation locations including Tourism Rotorua (Information Centre).

Safety is Paramount, Entertainment Guaranteed.

River Grading Table
GRADE 1 Calm, rippling water, rafted for social value only
GRADE 2 Rippling cascading whitewater
GRADE 3 Adventurous white water, 1-2 metre waves, manoeuvring to negotiate the rapids is required –Kaituna River Sledging
GRADE 4 Exciting, challenging, difficult rapids with precise and sequential manoeuvring required – most parts of the Kaituna River Rafting
GRADE 5 Adrenaline rush, thrilling and very powerful rapids. Complex precise and powerful sequential manoeuvring is required – Kaituna Rafting (7m waterfall only), Wairoa Rafting/Sledging and Lower Kaituna
GRADE 6 Commercially unraftable
+64 7 357 2236
State Highway 30,
Rotorua, New Zealand
P.O. Box 332, Rotorua