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RIVERBUG – A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE


Do something New New Zealand!

Kia ora,
welcome to Te Moana a Toi – The Bay of Plenty's water adventure with a difference! Take a break from everyday life and do something COMPLETELY NEW New Zealand. Ride the rapids on a funky inflatable riverbug, drift through hidden canyons and discover the stories of our special places.

We offer whitewater riverbug tours & courses, and calm water riverbug activities around Tauranga, Whakatāne and Rotorua. Our programmes cater for tourists, schools, team building, clubs and other organisations, with great group discounts and an innovative club fund raising deal. Great fun and first-timer friendly. Come join us for a truly unique and unforgettable riverbug experience.


RIVERBUG – A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

TOURS & COURSES


ACTION BUG – RANGITĀIKI

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. Half Day Tour from $119

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FUN BUG – WAIROA

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.

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BUG SUNDAY – WAIROA

Get a taste of whitewater riverbugging in the Wairoa Gorge during the Sunday water releases. Experience a roller-coaster ride through the rapids and surf the “Wairoa Wave“' as the natural flow is restored to the riverbed. A totally awesome 3 hour adventure that's popular with the locals. Great value at $79pp.

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RAPID BUG – COURSE

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. $149

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MEET THE TEAM


TEAM RIVERBUG

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

SCHOOL PROGRAMMES


Looking for innovative new extra curriculum activities?

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.

BUG FUN ACTIVITY PROGRAM

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+

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WAIROA RIVERBUG EXPERIENCE

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+

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RANGITĀIKI RIVERBUG ADVENTURE

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+

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

with a GIFT VOUCHER or BOOK A RIVERBUG TOUR

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.

TEAM BUILDING


INSPIRE. MOTIVATE. CHALLENGE

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.

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THERAPY & REHAB


HEALING CAN BE FUN

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.

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ACTIVITIES


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 social groups.

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INITIATIVE CHALLENGES

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.

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*SPECIAL OFFER* – Sept 27th only

BUG SUNDAY $59 (normally $79)

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.

GROUP DISCOUNTS


GET A GROUP TOGETHER AND SAVE!

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!

SOCIAL OUTINGS

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.

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CLUB FUNDRAISING

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.

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BUG BIRTHDAY

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.

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WHAT'S NEWS?


AROUND THE REGION


Maurie Kjar Memorial Swimming Pool

KAWERAU

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!

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Tarawera Falls

KAWERAU

The Tarawera awa disappears underground then reemerges gushing from towering cliffs to form the spectacular Trawera Falls.

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Laid-back coastal town

WHAKATĀNE

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.

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McLaren Falls Park

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.

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Redwood Lane Blueberries

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

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Fernland Spa

BETHLEHEM, TAURANGA

Soak in a natural thermal spring just minutes away from where our tours on the Wairoa awa.

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F.A.Q


Riverbugs are stable, easy to paddle and have unique safety features, making them among the safest forms of single person craft for using in whitewater. 
Previous experience is not necessary to enjoy our riverbug tours, in fact most of our guests are first timers. 
Yes, we do have operational procedures for Covid 19 according to government guidelines in place. 
For riverbug tours on whitewater Grade 2 and above it is required that you are able to swim, however for Grade 1 rivers and calm water, it's not a requirement.
We are well equipped for all weather and will only cancel a trip if conditions are outside our safety parameters, in which case we will inform you of any cancellation a soon as possible.
Though riverbugs are very stable there's always a chance of capsizing if you lean the wrong way! Don't worry though, it's all part of the fun and it's easy enough to flip your bug back upright and get on it again from the river.
A good question, and very much dependant on the health confidence and fitness of the individual. Calm water bugging activities should be OK as they can be as active of relaxing as you choose. Whitewater riverbugging though is not recommended in the later stages of pregnancy. We recommend first consulting a relevant health professional for advice.

TERMS & CONDITIONS


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. 

  1. All prices quoted are in $NZD. Bookings will be confirmed once full payment is made
     
  2. Seats on Riverbug.nz Tours are limited and we cannot guarantee  bookings until receiving full payment prior to trip departure.                          
              
  3. Client Cancellation Policy
    • Client cancellation within 24 hours from the tour departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
    • All other client cancellations will incur a 10% administration fee.
    • Covid 19 related cancellations will receive a full refund or a credit.
    • There will be no refund on any portion or part of a guided trip once the trip has departed.
    • Client 'no-shows' who fail to notify cancellation will not receive a refund.

  4. Riverbug.nz reserve the right to cancel or amend any tour for any reason within or beyond our control. In the case that riverbug.nz cancels a tour, clients will be offered a full refund, credit, or rescheduling of the activity.

  5. Bookings are accepted on the understanding that customers appreciate the possible risks in outdoor adventure activities such as but not limited to, injury, uneven terrain, inclement weather, other river users.
     
  6. All clients must warrant that they have acceptable fitness and no medical condition that will cause them concern during the tour activities. It is at the discretion of riverbug.nz guides if any customer is deemed incapable of any activities.

    Disclaimer:  Whilst all care and attention is given, Riverbug.nz , its staff and agents will not assume or accept any liability or responsibility for any claim, loss, damage, personal injury, loss or damage to any personal equipment, inconvenience, costs and expenses, delays or irregularities of any nature occasioned by any circumstances.

COVID 19 UPDATE


The Bay of Plenty is currently at Level 1.

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.

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ACTION BUG – RANGITAIKI



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

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