Central Plateau Companies


RaftFishNZ specialises in trout fishing and hunting while rafting down the spectacular Mohaka and Waipunga rivers. We also run scenic raft trips as well as adventure grade three whitewater raft trips. With over 25 years experience we can offer a unique experience for you with trips starting from 1 hour through to 10 days in length! Come and let us take you to where the BIG trout are!

Raft Fish NZ.
123 Mcvicar Rd
RD 2
Telephone: 027 939 5200
Website: www.raftfish.co.nz


Adventure Specialties Trust has over 25 years experience providing adventure and wilderness experiences on New Zealand rocks, rivers, mountains, caves and coastline. We work predominately with community groups and schools. We specialise in tailor made programmes which can include single or multi day wilderness rafting trips (minimum numbers apply). We can include in these programmes rock climbing, abseiling, caving, alpine, tramping, and kayaking experiences. We also provide all equipment, food and transport. So if you have a group interested in quality adventure with a uniquely personal touch contact us today.

Adventure Specialists Trust
Visit the Adventure Specialties Trust WebsiteAdventure Specialties Trust PO Box 30 130
St Martins, Christchurch 8246
Phone: 03 3373880
Email: chch@adventurespecialties.co.nz
Website: www.adventurespecialties.co.nz


is an adventure company based in Mangaweka, New Zealand, only two hours north of Wellington and two hours south of Taupo. The operation base, Up The Creek River Centre, is conveniently located on State Highway One. Whether it is a fun family day out, a multiday adventure or an outing for your social clubs or conference groups, MAC have a range of products to suit your needs.

All trips raft on the middle and lower portions of the Rangitikei River, a river of unspoilt beauty and power. The fun filled Grade 2 stretches local to Mangaweka provide an adventure to suit people of all ages. The middle gorge is a magnificent treat for your senses, full of native flora and fauna and 80 metre high walls of  natural power.

Also through MAC & Up The Creek River Centre you can arrange kayak hire, vehicle shuttles, camping accommodation. Set just 1km off State Hwy 1 along the Rangitikei River, Mangaweka Camping Gounds is quickly accessible and has easy options for camping with or with out power. Both are privately operated by Paul & Tricia Eames whom, along with the MAC Team, go the extra yard to make sure your adventure is just what you ordered.

Visit Mangaweka Paul & Tricia Eames
State Highway One
Website: www.mangaweka.co.nz
Email: info@mangaweka.co.nz
Bookings: 0800 655 747

Visit the Rafting NZ WebsiteRAFTING NEW ZEALAND

Kia Ora, Welcome to Rafting New Zealand, the home of Whitewater thrills, and Adventure! A family run business, established since 1991, we only offer the best river trips in Aotearoa. Being the first White Water Rafting business in NZ to gain the internationally recognized Qualmark award, we pride ourselves on our friendly, Kiwi hospitality.

We raft rivers ranging from grade 2 – 5, so there is something for everyone.
Your safety is our first priority. So, we only use experienced, fun, professional NZ river guides and maintain an excellent fleet of rafts and equipment.

At Rafting New Zealand we love what we do. This attitude comes through during our river trips, to bring you a truly unique and great experience.

So book now, with us and “Experience the thrill of rafting!

Luke & Pianika Boddington
Website: www.raftingnewzealand.com
Email: info@raftingnewzealand.com
Phone:07 3860352
Freephone: 0800 VOLCANO (865 226)
Address: 41 Ngawaka Place, Turangi, Southern Lake Taupo.


Experience the Central North Island’s outdoor playground with Rapid Sensations and Kayaking Kiwi.

Operating since 1983, Rapid Sensations is Taupo’s original rafting and kayaking company. Based in the Lake Taupo – Turangi – Tongariro National Park region, we offer safe, fun, quality outdoor experiences and instruction for all ages and abilities. We have grown to become Taupo’s largest multifaceted adventure company and one of the North Island’s leading adventure providers.  

Family Fun Rafting

Tongariro River           Grade 2 
Fun filled rapids, which makes this one of New Zealand’s best family rafting adventures. There are more than 20, boulder-strewn rapids to test your teamwork. The level of difficulty is easy- moderate, but consistent - grade 2 rapids from start to finish.  As you drift between rapids you may glimpse the rare native blue duck (Whio) and rainbow trout, which are plentiful in the deep, clear pools. 

Tongariro River           Grade 3+
The Tongariro is known as the perfect river for your first rafting experience. However, even the experienced rafter will find this trip legendary! With over 50 fun filled rapids, a backdrop of native Beech forest and towering volcanic cliffs, you’ll be talking about this adventure for a long time!

Extreme Rafting

Mohaka River Grade 4 / 5
The Mohaka River, The literal meaning of the Maori name is “a place for dancing”. Join us for a full day of adventure on this awesome river. Deeply entrenched in spectacular gorges you will raft through crystal clear mountain water with impressive drops and exhilarating rapids.  

Why not combine rafting with one of our other adventures? 

Waikato Kayak Cruise
Enjoy the tranquillity of the Waikato River with a guided Kayak Cruise. This scenic trip takes you through a pumice gorge with clear, slow moving waters.  Watch from the water as people bungy jump from the high platform above and enjoy a hot soak in natural thermal springs.  Perfect for families and those looking for a gentle kayak adventure.

Kayak to the Carvings
Kayak to Taupo’s iconic Maori Rock Carvings, only accessible from the water. Hear about their creation and deep cultural significance, whilst learning of the region’s volcanic history and enjoying the lake’s stunningly clear waters.  Stop for a break on the beach and enjoy some classic kiwi treats before the paddle home.

Mountain biking
Explore the unique and geothermal surrounding of Craters of the Moon and build your riding skills on a variety of single tracks rides. Our base is located on the doorstep of Taupo’s best mountain bike tracks, head off from there, with easy access to Crater’s of the Moon, Huka Falls, Aratiatia Dam, and other local attractions for you to explore! You can take a fully guided tour or discover these sights on your own. 

Visit Rapid SensationsRapid Sensations & Kayaking Kiwi
413 Huka Falls Rd, Taupo, NZ
PO Box 1725
Ph: +64 7 374 8117
Mob: +64 27 475 1886
Fax: +64 7 374 8119
Email: info@rapids.co.nz
Web: www.rapids.co.nz / www.kayakingkiwi.com


We have over 20 years experience in providing customers with quality rafting adventures. Their attention to detail and safety first culture has earned them the lowest risk rating in NZ from the Maritime Safety Authority. Raft with one of New Zealand’s most professional and well-known rafting companies. River Rats can organise all you’re off water thrills as well with some great adventure packages such as off-roading, jet boating or bungy jumping they can even organise accommodation for you if required. With four rivers available there’s something for everyone. We can also tailor make team building programs either on or off the water to suit a company’s individual goals. Check out our webpage at www.riverrats.co.nz

Experience the River Rats difference.
Kaituna (Grade 5) "Awesome" with a 21ft waterfall”
Wairoa (Grade 5) "Wild" dates available on requestVisit River Rats
Rangitaiki (Grade 4) "Adventurous, Fun & Beautifully Scenic"
Tongariro (Grade 3) "Fabulous scenery, fun for everyone"
Family Trips (Grade 2) Available on the Rangitaiki & Tongariro Rivers.

PO Box 7028,
Te Ngae, Rotorua
Ph 07-345 6543, Toll Free 0800 333 900
Fax 07-345 6321,


Situated on the banks of the Rangitikei River, is much more than just a rafting company. While we do raft both the grade 4-5 section of one of New Zealand's finest rivers, River Valley is also a destination. Very handily placed at the end of the Grade 4-5 section is River Valley Lodge. Here you will find accommodation for most tastes, from bunks to ensuited units, as well as a Cafe and bar. A camping area is also available. Imagine getting off the river and straight into hot showers! River Valley also operate horse treks over the beautiful surrounding hill country, and have a pitch n' putt golf course on site.

Visit River ValleyRiver Valley
RD 2
Taihape 4792


The Rangitikei River, the upper reaches...

We are very lucky to have a piece of New Zealand's natural beauty. Just 26 kms SE of Taihape, Tarata is nestled in bush in the remote Mokai Valley where the magnificent Rangitikei River meets the rugged Ruahine Ranges. Our beautiful River Retreats have stunning views of the River. We offer scenic raft trips, kayaking and trout fishing. Visit a water fall, Middle Earth and scenery out of this world!

It's an amazing part of NZ and we would love to share it with you. Just give us a call or visit our web site www.tarata.co.nz

Tarata FishawayVisit Fishaway
Stephen and Trudi Mattock
Mokai Road
RD 3, Taihape
Phone: 06 388 0354


Tongariro River Rafting
PO Box 281
Atirau Road
Phone: 07 386 6409
Email: info@trr.co.nz
Website: www.tongariro-riverrafting..com

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