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“Amazing too long thinking about it”

Tongariro River Rafting
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US$96.92*
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Tongariro River White Water Rafting Adventure from Taupo
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US$66.24*
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2-hour Tongariro River Family Rafting Excursion in Turangi
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tongariro River Rafting is the most experienced outdoor adventure company on the Tongariro River. We create journeys, share stories and bring people closer to nature through biking, fishing and rafting. We celebrate 25 years as a family owned and operated business in 2015. We're passionate about showing off our amazing region to visitors and are dedicated to preserving the natural environment of the Tongariro River for future generations – so much so, we founded the Blue Duck Project – with the goal of returning the rare native Blue Duck to its traditional habitat along the Tongariro River. Our adventures include Grade 3 white water rafting trips, family floats for the younger rafters or first timers, mountain biking and fishing. On your Grade 3 white water rafting trip, you will have an unforgettable 2.5 hours navigating over 60 heart-pounding rapids with an expert guide at the helm. All of our guides are highly trained professionals and our equipment is top quality. You'll even enjoy a deli style lunch after your trip (hot soup in winter). Prepare yourself for one of the most stunning white water rafting adventures in New Zealand – we know this river like the back of our paddle! “Oar-some!!”
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 29 November 2013

Garth & Sarah were the most amazing guides, and Anna in the office made us feel so comfortable & relaxed, from the time we all changed into wetsuits extra and ready to get on the bus. once on the river the scenery was just so amazingly so beautiful and we were lucky enough to see some of the blue ducks. the whole group of the 2 rafts were so helpful to both my husband & myself. Thank you for most awesome afternoon, one we will not forget. Jean & Jim

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Garth O, Owner at Tongariro River Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you for a wonderful review, I'm glad you had such a memorable experience from start to finish. We are very lucky to have such a great team this summer, from Anna in the office to the drivers and guides on the river. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the team and we hope to see you out here with us again. Don't think about it for so long next time!

Kind Regards,
Garth

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Did this trip with some friends, from the moment we arrived we felt welcome. All of the staff were very organised and put effort into making our trip most enjoyable.
We had 2 guides, Jen & Ryan - they were such a good time and so informative. We learnt a lot going down the rapids about nature and it's surroundings as well having many laughs. We even got to see the rare blue duck, on multiple occasions, that was so special.
We would definitely recommend this to everyone! Great thrills, great time and great company!!

Thank sophsuzanne
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Garth O, Owner at Tongariro River Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Wow, it sounds like you had a really special trip and were particularly lucky to see Whio on more than one occasion. This really goes to show that all of the effort put in to protecting the Blue Duck on our river is working and it is fantastic that we are able to share that with our guests.
I will be sure to pass on to both Ryan and Jen what a great time you had with them.

Kind Regards,

Garth

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

If you're looking for a really great bunch of people to take you out on a most excellent adventure to see beautiful NZ scenery in the back of beyond - Tongariro River Rafting is the way to go! Thanks for an awesome day out!!

Thank ADPDesign2013
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Garth O, Owner at Tongariro River Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Hi and thank you for such a lovely review, it's always great to hear feedback from people who have had such an oarsome time with us. Sharing this river is what we do best, so thank you for joining us.

Kind Regards,

Garth

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

All the reviews I have read for these people were excellent. Mine is no exception. It was well organised, fun and they worked very hard to ensure you got value for your money. Nothing more I can say that will add to that.

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Garth O, Owner at Tongariro River Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank you for visiting us here at Tongariro River Rafting and thank you for your succinct and valuable feedback. We appreciate anybody who takes the time to make a review and this is no exception. It is also great to hear that people notice how hard our staff work to provide such a fantastic and unique experience for everybody who joins us on the river.

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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Early on a frosty winters morning myself and 2 friends were heading out on Rafting adventure down the Tongariro river. Mad I know! but I was surprised how quickly I forgot about the cold and had such a great time! When we arrived James (Guide) and Garth (Owner) were there to great us along with 4 other keen rafters, after a chat with everyone they then get us all geared up with a wetsuit, water boots, helmet and as it was winter we got a few extra fleece layers to wear under the wetsuit to keep us nice and warm. Once the van was loaded up its off to the river. The rapids on this trip are grade 3 so a nice middle ground for first timers! There are a couple easy rapids to get the hang of your paddles etc then a few good ones where you need to hold on tight. The scenery is just beautiful along the way. if it had been warmer I would have loved to go for a swim! Our guide James was very confident in his role which made us all relax and go for it! To Top the trip off after being out on the water you get a nice dip in the hot pools to warm up and we even got a hot cup of soup for lunch! I cant recommend this activity enough. I will be back again one day!

Huge thanks to Garth and his team! You really went above and beyond for us!

Thank Claire W
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Garth O, Owner at Tongariro River Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

It's great to have locals on the river with us and thank you for taking the time to make such a great review. We can't wait to see you out here again, this time maybe in the summer so that you can do our rock-jump and go for a swim in the crystal clear water.

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