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Kia ora – welcome

Check out our unique riverbug adventures on Te Moana a Toi – The Bay of Plenty's awesome awa (rivers). Feel the adrenaline kick of riding the rapids, drift leisurely though hidden canyons, and experience a taste of māori culture as you discover our special places by riverbug. Trips for first-timers and experienced whitewater enthusiasts alike. We hope you enjoy our website – be sure to look out for our TE REO TIPS, and just tell us how many there are in total to go into the draw to win a free riverbug trip! TE REO TIP #1: AWA = RIVER

ACTION BUG – RANGITAIKI

Exciting, fun whitewater riverbugging through a rugged rock-walled gorge below the spectacular Aniwhenua Falls. A "natural highlight" close to Rotorua, Tauranga & Whakatane. Half Day Tour from $119

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FUN BUG – WAIROA

Relaxed bug fun on the lower Wairoa awa. A great outing close to Tauranga for families with tamariki 5 years and older. Half day from $89. TE REO TIP #2 : TAMARIKI = CHILDREN

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BUG SUNDAY – WAIROA

A taste of whitewater riverbugging on the Wairoa awa during the Sunday water releases. Awesome fun for ages 10 years and over. 3 Hours $79

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RAPID BUG – WAIROA

Learn whitewater riverbugging skills on a more challenging section of the Wairoa awa during the Sunday water releases. $149

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ABOUT US


ABOUT US ABOUT US
KIA ORA,
I'm Don Allardice the founder of Riverbug.nz. My Māori and Pākehā ancestors sailed across oceans to reach Aotearoa – New Zealand, which may explain my love of water!
I first tried riverbugging with it's inventor Graeme Boddy in late 90's and was instantly hooked. Leaving my raft company Ultimate Descents NZ in 2003, I travelled the world with my partner Sabine before moving to Europe in 2009 to run riverbug tours in the Austrian Alps. Returning home in 2018 we settled in Tauranga, bringing riverbugging to Te Moana a Toi.
I'm proud of my ancestry, and I love sharing the special places, culture and stories of this beautiful region. TE REO TIP #3 : TE MOANA A TOI = THE BAY OF PLENTY

TE AROHA O TE MAHI : THE LOVE OF THE WORK
Our passion for getting out and having fun on the river with our guests is what gets us up each morning. We get a real kick out of sharing our riverbug adventures.

KAITIAKITANGA & MANAAKITANGA : CONSERVATION & HOSPITALITY
Caring for the environment and our guests are is at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves on providing environmentally responsible and culturally enriching visitor experiences that embrace our unique culture and leave a light ecological footprint.

MARUTAU : SAFETY
Safety of our guests, staff and the environment is our #1 priority. Top quality equipment, qualified personnel, independently audited and approved safety systems, and years of experience mean that you'll be in safe hands. We are pioneers of riverbugging and expert riverbuggers.

HAERE MAI KI A MATOU : COME JOIN US
Join us on a Riverbug Tour for a taste of riverbugging, or take a Course and learn to become self reliant on whitewater. We also run Group Programs for Schools, Corporates and Team Building.

"Kite koe i runga i te wai!" : "See you on the water!"
Don Allardice
Owner Riverbug.nz


*SPECIAL OFFER*

BUG SUNDAY $79pp Wairoa Awa

Check out our BUG SUNDAY's for a taste of whitewater riverbugging on the Wairoa awa water releases on selected Sundays. We access the rapids by paddling and carrying the riverbugs up-river at minimum flow before the water is released. When water arrives, a bug-surf-session at the Wairoa Play Wave and fun riverbug descent of the rapids round off the tour. Great fun for fit and able participants 10 years and over. Expect to carry a riverbug (8 kg) and walk over river rocks. This is a popular trip, so book early to reserve your date.

ACTIVITIES


COURSES

Take a course and learn how to master Riverbugging in whitewater and do some cool tricks... Courses run Sundays during the Wairoa awa water releases. Other days and locations available on demand.

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BUG BALL

2 hoops, 1 ball, 2 teams, let's Play! Water polo meets basket ball bug style – Bug Ball is super fun and easy to play. A few basic paddle techniques, an eye for the hoop, and teamwork are all you need to get started. A great group activity for the likes of schools, clubs, businesses or friends. Contact us for details.

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INITIATIVE CHALLENGES

Lightweight and easy to use riverbugs are ideal for fun initiative challenges. Great for school and community groups, and for cooperate team-building. Programs tailored to suit your needs.

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THERAPY & REHABILITATION

Freedom of movement and direct contact with the water element can make therapy and rehabilitation from the riverbug perspective fun and rewarding. Riverbugs can also be adapted for people with disabilities.

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GROUPS


SCHOOL PROGRAMS

The versatile riverbug offers a unique way for students to experience the water environment. Our school programs will motivate, challenge and unite students with fun learning and physical activity where confidence, skill and teamwork all come into play. Developed in consultation with BOPRC, Enviro Hub and Tourism Bay of Plenty, our riverbug programs mix fun with learning, combining riverbugging with elements of river safety, tiaki (conservation), and kōrero Māori. TE REO TIP #7 : KŌRERO = STORIES

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SOCIAL GROUPS

Get your friends, family, work mates or club mates together for some whitewater riverbugging on the Rangitaiki or Wairoa awa, or enjoy a splash around with some fun activities and games at the ocean, pool or roto. TE REO TIP #8 : ROTO = LAKE

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CORPORATE / TEAM BUILDING

Riverbugs are great tools for Team Building, engaging participants with fun games and challenges, where participation, problem solving and teamwork are the primary goals. Choose one of our program locations around Tauranga, the greater Te Moana a Toi, or venue of your choice. Let us know your requirements and we’ll tailor a program to suit.

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BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Treat your kids to a fun Birthday – Bug style! Just bring along the kids and keke rā whānau and we'll supply the bug fun and any special wishes. TE REO TIP #10 : KEKE RĀ WHĀNAU = BIRTHDAY CAKE

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FUN BUG – WAIROA


  • Redwood Lane Blueberries, 17 Redwood Lane, Tauriko, Tauranga 3171, New Zealand
  • MEETING PLACE FOR FUN BUG – WAIROA TOUR

BUG SUNDAY & RAPID BUG – WAIROA


  • 1443 State Highway 29, Tauriko, Lower Kaimai 3171, New Zealand
  • MEETING PLACE FOR BUG SUNDAY & RAPID BUG– WAIROA TOURS

ACTION BUG – RANGITAIKI


  • Lake Aniwhenua Camping Area
  • MEETING PLACE FOR ACTION BUG – RANGITAIKI TOUR

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CoronaVirus (Covid-19) Update


Yahoo! Back down to level one... 

Yes, we can enjoy sharing adventures with others, and even handshake, hug and hongi again.

This is great news for tourism and a credit to everyone in Aotearoa – New Zealand for playing their part in eliminating this pesky virus

Because our riverbug activities take part outside in large open areas, and not in confined spaces, the situations where you are in close contact (within a meter) are very minimal. Due to these factors, we believe we are a low-risk environment for the spread of any illness.

Even so, we want to let you know that we are taking measures to do our part in minimizing any potential spread of, or exposure to viral infection in order to protect our clients and staff. We are disinfecting equipment worn by clients after each use, ensuring safe food hygiene practices, and maintaining records of participants on our trips.

If you have any questions or concerns in relation to coming and enjoying riverbug.nz's unique experiences then please contact us.