Had a great morning on the river with Don, a great experience and beautiful scenery. Fun for the whole family, and challenging for those less coordinated in our group.Sally Corlson: Trip Advisor Jan 2021
We had the best time ever. This is a MUST DO family activity for loads of fun. The bugs are safe, easy and lots of fun. Don our expert guide is informative and friendly - we had the best time. The high-light of our North Island trip and a must do activity. AAA+Dan Joines: Google Reviews Jan 2021
Great adventure down a river, encountering small rapids and beautiful scenery aboard a "bug". Thoroughly recommend for something unusual and fun. Owner-operators are very friendly, very experienced, safety-oriented and professional.Angela Seaton: Google Reviews Dec 2020
BEST TRIP EVER!! What an adrenalin rush this is.. The tour guides Don and Sabine are absolutely wonderful, fun and also make you feel really safe! When you fall in they just seem to be right there to help you! The bugs are super high quality and really comfy too. The rapids were SOOO fun!!! We were laughing the whole day. Already booked for their other tour on the Rangitaiki!Ciska De Jong, New Zealand Adventures: Google Reviews April 2021
Riverbug Adventure was the Highlight of our holiday A fantastic day on the river in our Riverbugs. It was the highlight of our holiday. We were treated to a wonderful experience while really enjoying the great outdoors. Thank you Don and Sabine for creating great memories!Carol Herbert: Trip Advisor April 2021
We've rated our riverbug tours from MILD to WILD to help you choose your adventure level. All our tours are first-timer friendly and run on fun low-risk whitewater. Our Grade 1 riverbug tours (MILD) are easy moving water suitable for participants 5 years or older. Our Grade 2 tours (WILD) are exciting, fun whitewater suitable for participants 1.25m or taller.
Riverbug the Tarawera River at the site of the 2013 IRF World Rafting Championships in Kawerau. 3 HOURS from $129
Riverbugs mixed with generous portions of whitewater in a breathtaking gorge on the Rangitāiki river in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. HALF DAY TOUR from $149.
Experience a roller-coaster rapid ride and surf the “Wairoa Wave“' during the Sunday water releases in the Wairoa Gorge near Tauranga. 3 HOURS from $119.
Explore the scenic Wairoa river valley near Tauranga from a riverbug perspective. Great for families with younger kids. Minimum age 5 years. HALF DAY from $129.
Great value educational programmes for students from age 5 years upwards. River, ocean, lake & swimming pool options tailored to your budget & needs. Choose from our regular programmes, build a combo package with other activities, or let us build a programme around your special needs... Starting from $25/person
With safe, fun whitewater, easy access, and onsite amenities, the Tarawera river in Kawerau ticks all the right boxes. Tour duration and costs are flexible (up to 3 Hours). Minimum age 10 years.
A truly off-the-beaten-track action packed wilderness experience through a stunning gorge in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. 3.5 Hours. Min age 10 years. Cost $89pp
Riverbug the scenic lower Wairoa near Tauranga. An easy float trip that's a fun and educational experience. 3.5 Hours. Minimum age 7 years.
Simply choose a Riverbug Tour or dollar value and send us any text as you'd like to it appear on the voucher, along with any special wishes and the address to send it to. We'll print the voucher and post it to you or email it as a pdf. Or if you already have a tour and date in mind you can just book it in.
We love our mahi (work), and supporting community and healthy lifestyles through enjoyment of the outdoors is at the heart of what we do. We run guide training and riverbug programmes for rangatahi (youth) and Riverbug activities for community groups under the guidance of riverbug pioneers Don (Ngāti Kahungunu), and Sabine (Germany). When you join us on the water you'll be helping us to help support our community.
te tautoko ngātahi i te hapori ︳supporting the community together