For the Action Bug Tour we mix riverbugs with generous portions of whitewater in a breathtaking gorge on the Rangitāiki awa near Murupara in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. An unforgettable experience that's a favourite with our guests. Suitable for ages 10 years upwards. Half Day Tour from $119Learn More
Treat the family to something different with a riverbug tour through the scenic Wairoa valley near Tauranga. Drift with the swirling currents, play fun games, and encounter the local birdlife. A great outing for families with children 5 years upwards. Half day from $89.Learn More
Get a taste of whitewater riverbugging in the Wairoa Gorge during the Sunday water releases. This lively section of whitewater featuring the playful “Wairoa Surf Wave“' is popular with the Tauranga locals. A definitely different adventure for ages 10+. 3 Hours $79Learn More
Learn whitewater riverbugging skills with the experts on a Grade 3 section of the Wairoa Gorge during the Sunday water releases. Min age 13 years. $149Learn More
Riverbugging is our passion that we love to share with others. 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
Inspire, motivate and challenge your students with our innovative riverbug based educational programmes. We provide a range of whitewater and calm water activities catering for primary, intermediate, secondary, and tertiary students, with programmes including elements of conservation, history and Te Reo Māori. We're happy to tailor any of them to suit your needs.
Students will love this calm water riverbug programme with fun games, initiative challenges and a touch of Māori culture. We can tailor the programme to suit students age, number of participants, duration and location. SUITABLE FOR AGES 5+Learn More
Treat your students to some riverbug fun on easy moving water and swirly currents on the lower Wairoa awa starting from the Ruahihi Power Station 20 minutes from Tauranga. Play some fun games, encounter wildlife and learn about the local stories along the way. SUITABLE FOR AGES 8+Learn More
Join us on the Rangitāiki awa for an extra special action packed class outing. Set in a stunning gorge, we'll ride the rapids, drift past cascading waterfalls and discover the geology and stories of the area. SUITABLE FOR AGES 10+Learn More
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.
Riverbugs are great tools for Team Building whether on a whitewater river or calm water. Our Team Building programs will engage 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 Bay of Plenty – Te Moana a Toi, or venue of your choice. Let us know your requirements and we’ll tailor a program to suit.Learn More
Freedom of movement and direct contact with the water element make therapy and rehabilitation from the riverbug perspective fun and rewarding. Riverbugs can also be adapted for people with disabilities.Learn More
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 social groups.Learn More
The riverbug's lightweight, small dimensions and ease of use make them ideal for fun initiative challenges. Great for schools, community groups, and for cooperate team-building. Let us know your requirements and we'll select activities to tailor programs to your needs.Learn More
Check out our first BUG SUNDAY for the season 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. Bug Sunday is popular, so book early to reserve your date.
If your group is looking for a new adventure that won't break the bank, then check out our awesome group discounts. Whether it's an exciting riverbug descent of your local awa or team building challenges on calm water, we've got you covered!
Get a group of your friends, family, work mates or club members together to take advantage of our group rates. Discounts vary depending on the make-up of your group, number of participants and date of booking, with week day bookings outside of the public holidays attracting the best savings.Learn More
Clubs are always looking for ways to raise funds. We've come up with a brilliant scheme that will help boost your treasury funds while your club members enjoy a fun outing. Simply organise your club members to come on one of our riverbug adventures, and we'll give you a group discount, plus we'll donate a percentage of our takings to your club.Learn More
Treat your kids to a fun Birthday – Bug style! Just bring along the kids and we'll supply the bug fun and any special wishes.Learn More
Riverbug features in Tourism Bay of Plenty's 'Meet the Locals' campaign
Tauranga based riverbug guru Don Allardice shares with journalist Jo-Marie Baker his experiences traveling the world promoting the funky kiwi designed inflatable riverbug, and his latest venture in bringing riverbugging to the Bay of Plenty.Read the article
Riverbug Season is OPEN!
Sep 1 2020 Spring is here and the days are getting longer – the perfect time to kick off our riverbug season. The water may still be a bit bit fresh, but don't worry, our quality 5/3mm steamer wetsuits, 5mm neoprene booties and 3mm neoprene paddling gloves will keep you toasty!
Go NZ: Bay of Plenty family holiday inspires ideas on sustainable tourism
Journalist for the NZ Herald, Tim Roxborough ponders post-covid sustainable tourism and his experience whitewater riverbugging in a spectacular gorge below the Aniwhenua Falls on the Rangitāiki River with Tauranga based adventure company Riverbug.nz.Read the article
A visit to Kawerau's awesome free thermal pools is the perfect way to relax after our Action Bug Rangitāiki tour. Yep that's right – the pools are free!
The Tarawera awa disappears underground then reemerges gushing from towering cliffs to form the spectacular Trawera Falls.
At around 40 minutes drive from our Action Bug Rangitaiki Tour, Whakatāne, the largest town in the Eastern Bay of Plenty is well worth the visit while you're in the area.
LOWER KAIMAI, TAURANGA
Visit spectacular McLaren Falls and marvel at picturesque exotic tree plantings just up the road from our Riverbug Tours on the Wairoa awa.
LOWER KAIMAI, TAURANGA
PYO organic blueberries, real fruit ice-cream and home made cosmetics – right at the finishing place of our Fun Bug Wairoa tour
TERMS & CONDITIONS
We understand that travel plans may change due to illness, injury or people simply changing their minds.
In turn, we ask our guests to understand that we may have turned away a number of keen people for those reserved seats on our riverbug tours and may have incurred staffing, food, transport and booking expenses.
Finally, our experience tells us to respect natural and human factors relating to riverbug activities and to operate only within the parameters of our Safety Management Systems.
The Bay of Plenty is currently at Level 2.
That means we can enjoy sharing our riverbug adventures with others under the safety guidelines set out by the NZ Government.
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. Our hygiene regime ensures that equipment worn by clients is cleaned after each use and safe to use, and we follow safe food hygiene practices for our catered tours. We maintain records of participants on our trips in the event they are needed for contact tracing.
If you have any questions or concerns in relation to coming and safely enjoying riverbug.nz's unique experiences then please contact us.