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“Adrenaline rushing fun”
Review of Raftabout Rotorua

Raftabout Rotorua
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Owner description: If you are looking for an awesome day out white water rafting then look no further than Raftabout, a family owned company that aims to excel. We offer the choice of 3 different rivers to white water raft. Choose which river suits your ideal adventure. All the trips offer outstanding New Zealand scenery with a varying amounts of challenging water water thrown in. For those who love adrenalin thrills, then definitely check out our Kaituna Waterfall trip, you’ll get a BUZZ going over the highest commercially rafted waterfall (a MASSIVE 7 metres). Available all year round!!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 25 March 2014

Had a fun filled adventure with raft about or river rats. I have done a lot of white water rafting before so had no high expectations but this was definitely the best one I have got to do. Would highly recommend this to everyone.

Thank kayla186
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

We had a group of 7 with varing levels of experience rafting. Part of the group opted for sledging and part opted for Rafting. The Sledging folks enjoyed themselves imensly. They were thouroughly exhausted at the end of the trip. Those of us in the raft all felt the trip was short, but it is an awesome experience. We did stay upright going over the big falls, one of the other groups shortly behind us weren't so fortunate.
As is normal, they have someone taking photos and have them for sale. With a large group like ours, the photos on CD were well worth the money.

Thank Jason M
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

As first time rafters we did the Kaituna waterfall excursion. This was a great introduction to rafting and my girlfriend and I had a great time. The experience left us wanting to go again maybe trying a half day trip next time. With great facilities at the shop for getting changed and preparing and with friendly helpful staff it was very good value. I would recommend this to everyone. Thanks Steve and the crew ! Phil & Sarah

Thank OldMateAussie
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

We opted for the sledging trip to try something new at a cost of $129 per person. The trip actually begins at the foot of the waterfall on the Kaituna river and ends at the same spot as the rafters. The staff are all friendly and the equipment and safety is good but we couldn't have been in the water for more than 40mins and only went over four or five small sets of rapids. The staff try and make the most of it by getting you to swim back round several times on a couple of the rapids to 'surf' them but this trip either needs to be longer or considerably cheaper to make it a worthwhile experience.

Thank Travel_Lion_10
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Raftabout, Owner at Raftabout Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Its good to hear that you thought the trip was safe and the staff were friendly. It is disappointing to hear that you did not think the trip provided value for money.
The most common response that we get from customers on this trip is that it was harder than they expected. The physical nature of kicking with flippers for a sustained period of time is something that most people are not used to. For this reason we would not want to run a longer trip.
The sledging is a little more expensive than the rafting but this is because we have a higher guide to customer ratio. We often run trips with a 1 guide to 1 customer ratio and generally never more than 3 customers per guide.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Oh, it was such a good day. The weather was perfect, sunny and warm. We started at 9AM. We had 2 guides with us, one of which was just practicing. So we were 6 people in a raft. We followed the instructions, we paddled fast, we hit every possible rock on our way and we laughed loud.
Yes, it was a great day and great experience with Raftabout.

Thank arnvald
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