But if you’re not sure what White Water Rafting the Tongariro River in Taupo is like, then this is our experience on the rapids…
The whole 13km stretch graces you with incredible scenery, and even though you’re flying along the river, you still have moments to appreciate the stunning mountainous beauty of the Taupō region.
Whitewater rafting is one of the most unforgettable adventures you can have on your travels, and the Tongariro River route is world-famous for a reason. The total trip time is about 3-4 hours, with a total time of 2.5 hours on the water.
The Tongariro River is one of New Zealand’s most famous rivers and one of the world’s best trout rivers. It really was a special wilderness experience.
In between conquering each rapid we witnessed ancient beech forests, rainbow trout swimming upstream, breathtaking gorges, waterfalls, limestone and volcanic cliffs, and pristine water so clean and fresh you could drink it!
It’s also a great place to spot some New Zealand native wildlife, such as the allusive blue duck which can often be seen sitting on the water.