Southern Lake Taupo’s most experienced rafting company
Tongariro River Rafting is a 100% Kiwi company owned by local husband and wife team Garth and Leigh Oakden.
Garth has been a rafting guide on central North Island rivers since 1987 and knows these waters like few others.
All our guides are fully trained rafting professionals, our equipment is top quality and the company is 100% compliant with Maritime New Zealand requirements.
We are a Qualmark endorsed visitor activity.
Tongariro River Rafting is a member of the New Zealand Rafting Association.
The legendary Tongariro River
The Tongariro River is one of New Zealand’s most famous rivers and one of the world’s best trout rivers. Between the paddling and excitement you’ll see ancient beech forests, darting rainbow trout, rare whistling blue duck and plenty more. This is a very special wilderness environment.
Blue Duck Project founders
Garth and Leigh are the founders of the Blue Duck Project—the conservation initiative with the goal of returning the rare native Blue Duck (or Whio) to its traditional habitat along the Tongariro River.
Blue Duck Facts
- They don’t quack–they whistle.
- Their Maori name “whio” imitates their call.
- They only thrive in clean, fast flowing, fresh water rivers.