Bay of Plenty Adventure!

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Welcome to our awesome riverbug adventures!

The funky riverbug is the fun new way to discover the Bay of Plenty's special places. Ride the rapids through hidden canyons and drift past cascading waterfalls as you connect with nature from a riverbug perspective.

Riverbug.NZ offers first-timer and family friendly riverbug tours, courses and school programmes around Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatāne, catering for groups and individuals from age 5 years upwards. Simply choose your adventure level and get ready for an unforgettable experience.

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Wairoa River, Tauranga. Oct–May $99

TARAWERA RIVERBUG New Adventure on the Tarawera River $99

Join us for some awesome Riverbug fun on the Slalom Section of the Tarawera River in Kawarau, Bay of Plenty. 😀 Guided Riverbug Tour 😀 First-timer Friendly 😀 Fun, Grade 2 Whitewater 😀 Great activity for families & friends 😀 3 hours total time

Tours and Courses

Scenic or Whitewater?

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 (Mild) riverbug tours 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. $99

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 $119.

Experience a roller-coaster rapid ride and surf the “Wairoa Wave“' during the Sunday water releases in the Wairoa Gorge near Tauranga. 3 HOURS. $99.

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 $89.

Take a riverbug course and learn how to stay safe and in control in whitewater. Course content, location and duration tailored to your needs. Contact us for details.


School Programmes


Great value educational programmes for students from age 5 years upwards, with 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 amenities onsite, the Tarawera awa 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.

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.

Fun games and initiative challenges on sheltered water at Pilot Bay Tauranga. Can also be run at swimming pools or suitable lake of your choice. Minimum age 5 years.

Meet the Team

Riverbug is our passion that we love to share.

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

Safe Hands

Don and Sabine have been "Team Riverbug" since bringing the sport to Austria in 2007. Together they grounded riverbug tour and riverbug manufactur company and established a growing riverbug community in Europe and other countries around the world. They are the riverbug experts, and have developed Safe Operating Procedures and guide training programmes for riverbug operators.

With over 50 years of combined whitewater experience between them – you know you'll be in safe hands

Do something different for your Christmas Party or special occasion...


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.