Rafting the Kaituna

Posted Mar 9 2014

The Kaituna River is a beautiful green blue tumble through a fern-lined gorge in the North Island’s Rotorua area. During our 2014 visit there, Forrest talked me into river rafting, even though the course included the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. (I did not know that just one day earlier a rafting tourist was air lifted out of the gorge with spinal injuries.) Anyway – we survived and had a blast.

Here we are getting psyched with our German rafting companions:


The river water temperature was actually tolerable. Here we are practicing on some smaller falls:

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Tutea Falls- seven meters straight down. Here we go-

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Good Grief! High Five!

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Time for a swim:

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Later the German man almost swims again:

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Towards the end we are thrust into a waterfall ‘for fun’.

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7 responses to “Rafting the Kaituna”

  1. Lynne Hoerter says:

    Tremendous coverage! Hail rafting!

    Bob & Lynne

    Lynne Hoerter Hoerter1@gmail.com 919-929-2612 919-636-2024 (cell) 504 Valley Meadow Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27516


  2. Beth says:

    The closest I will come to this is the “Lazy River” at Atlantis, where I once got thrown off my tube and my sunglasses broken. You are making lifetime memories.

  3. sal gal says:

    wow mom props to you!

  4. Mary Ellen says:

    It looks absolutely terrifying, esp that drop down the waterfall . The raft completely disappeared!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I agree, that drop looks impossible!!

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