White water rafting on the Tongariro River in Taupō, which connects to the iconic volcanic lake of Lake Taupō, is one of the most thrilling experiences you can do.

This Grade 3 rapid route takes you along a 13km stretch of river, passing more than 60 rapids, the most amount of rapids in New Zealand. And because it’s only a Grade 3, it’s perfect for beginners, too.

Our Experience White Water Rafting in Taupo

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…

What is White Water Rafting in Taupo Like?

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 River

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.

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