Go Pro Friendly
We are the only Go Pro friendly adventure rafting provider in the region. We have cameras on board to capture all your moments.
We are the most experienced white water rafting providers in the Taupo region. So we are the best when it comes to fun, adventure and safety.
At Tongariro River Rafting, we're 100% Kiwi-owned and operated by local husband and wife team Garth and Leigh Oakden.
Blue Duck Project
We founded the Blue Duck Project to return the rare native Blue Duck or whio to its traditional habitat along the Tongariro River.
Tongariro River Rafting - white water rafting, family float adventures, mountain biking, fishing and overnight rafting trips in Taupo.
At Tongariro River Rafting based in Turangi (just south of Taupo), we are the most experienced outdoor adventure company on the Tongariro River. The owners, Garth and Leigh Oakden, are Turangi locals and have owned the business since 1990. We create journeys and share stories, bringing people closer to nature through biking, fishing and rafting. For us, it is all about the experience. We also like to have fun!
We also love nature. In fact, we’re so dedicated to preserving the natural environment of the Tongariro River, we founded the Blue Duck Project. The goal of the Blue Duck Project is to return the rare native Blue Duck or whio to its traditional habitat along the Tongariro River. If you’re lucky, you will spot these rare ducks on the river while you’re rafting. With our help, they are thriving.
With Tongariro River Rafting, you have the choice of activities – white water rafting, family float adventures, mountain biking, fishing and overnight rafting trips. We also partner with the best Taupo adventure operators to bring you a range of adrenalin pumping combos, which will not only excite and delight, but will also save you money! We can also pick you up from your Taupo, Turangi or National Park accommodation so just let us know when you book.
Our expert guides are fully trained and most have international experience. They are here to ensure your trip with us is both safe and enjoyable.
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Great people who are warm and friendly, and take care of the details and add nice touches like making sure the wetsuits are dry and preparing hot soup for... Thurston C
Best experience in New Zealand. While we were on holidays there for two weeks, we tried almost everything, from bungy, open sea kayaking, helicopter... Brenden E
Highly recommended and fabulous activity for both students and adults. Great value for money and instructors go the 'extra mile' to make the experience... M Maku
Awesome experience with the family float, fantastic team, and something doable for everyone! We had a blast and are definitely coming back again! Thanks for... KJ
Whether you've rafted before or not, this trip down the river will meet and exceed all expectations! Friendly, knowledgeable and approachable team!! Sarah B
Had a great day out Mountain Biking and White water Rafting the guides were great and very helpful and had a lot of knowledge in their area of expertise.... Taylor F
This was a team bonding experience with work mates, including the boss. It sure was team work but a heck of a lot of fun, with the odd scary moment too.... Eunice H
Have done the Grade 3 and Grade 4 recreational release with Tongariro River Rafting now, and cannot recommend them highly enough. The gear provided is top... John C
We have never tried whitewater rafting before, my wife showed some reluctance initially, but now sees our trip as the highlight of our holiday in NZ. We... T Rover
Tongariro River Rafting provided an exciting, exhilarating day for all in our raft! The highly capable guides made the day well worth the money and... Sarah Jane Smith
Our experience with the team at Tongariro River Rafting was unforgettable. It is one thing to raft a beautiful river, it is quite another to do it in the... S Subaiah