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river rafting class 3 rapids in winter with family

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river rafting class 3 rapids in winter with family


had some comments on riverjet in august but now weighing options of trying river rafting as well or just one.

again concerned with being turned into a popsicle while rafting or can we do this and have alot of fun despite the weather?

or should we just stick to the thermal jet boat?

thanks again for help

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1. Re: river rafting class 3 rapids in winter with family

Brr! Yes, you might find you're a floating popsicle. Most rafting trips run when it's warmer. River levels fluctuate in Winter too. If high, you won't be able to go ahead. So, perhaps choose the jet boat option. Otherwise think about bungy, bridge swing and flying fox. Equally thrilling, just not in or on the water...only hurtling towards it at great speeds. Hehe! Make sure a hot and fortifying coffee can be found nearby.

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2. Re: river rafting class 3 rapids in winter with family

Rafting is still possible during the winter months, tours run year round. You'll be fitted out with wetsuits but there's no guarantee you won't be dunked even on a Grade 3.

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3. Re: river rafting class 3 rapids in winter with family


It will be cold but you will have wetsuits.It is important to have some good warm clothing for when you get off the water.

Once again so much depends on the weather – a sunny day on the water in winter will be beautiful but a wet dreary day not so good – cold and sunny vs cold, dull and miserable!

I would recommend Kaituna Cascades in Rotorua


They will take you down the Kaituna which is a series of drops including a 7 metre waterfall. They also do tandem kayaking on the Kaituna.

In my view the best rafting is to be had on the Wairoa but that can only be run in the summer months when water is released from a dam. The Rangitaiki is also a lovely run and very scenic. Kaituna Cascades do trips to both these rivers

I am a kayaker and have also both rafted and tandem kayaked with Kaituna Cascades to this is all based on personal experience.

Hope this helps

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4. Re: river rafting class 3 rapids in winter with family

Lone Kauri...

Kaituna wont let desslock do it....his kids are 10....

grade 5 require you to be 13....

(unless it's changed in which case GD will be really peeved......they wouldn't let her go although she was only days short of her birthday)


yep it'll be cold...but IMHO not too much colder than the jetboat as you actually generate some of your own body heat...unlike in the jet when you gwt wet and then sit in the wind! ;)

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5. Re: river rafting class 3 rapids in winter with family

Having rafted once or twice all I can say is you are certain to get wet and that you will be too darn frightened/excited (It's a thin line) to notice the temperature! Beer/coffee will never taste as good ever again as the first one you have after that!

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