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
Our Riverbug Tours on Grade 1 Whitewater are suitable for participants 5 years or older. Our Riverbug Tours on Grade 2 Whitewater are suitable for participants 1.25m or taller.
**SPECIAL WINTER TRIP** Ride the rapids of the crystal clear Tarawera River beneath the spectacular backdrop of Pūtauaki – Mt. Edgecombe near the rural town of Kawerau and relax in thermal baths afterwards. An awesome introduction to riverbugging at the site of the 2013 IRF World Rafting Championships. Suitable for participants 1.25m or taller. $99Learn More
Riverbugs mixed with generous portions of whitewater in a breathtaking gorge on the Rangitāiki river in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Great fun for adults and kids 1.25m or taller. Half Day Tour from $119.Learn More
Experience a roller-coaster rapid ride and surf the “Wairoa Wave“' during the Sunday water releases in the Wairoa Gorge near Tauranga. A totally awesome 3 hour adventure for adults and kids 1.25m or taller. $99.Learn More
Explore the scenic Wairoa valley near Tauranga from the riverbug perspective. Drift with swirling currents, play fun games, and encounter birdlife. A unique family adventure where 5 year olds can even join the fun! Half day from $89.Learn More
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
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
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 provide a range of whitewater and calm water riverbug based activity programmes catering for primary, intermediate, secondary, and tertiary students, with focus on fun, learning, teamwork and building confidence. Students are encouraged to experiment, discover their capabilities and challenge themselves through fun learning experiences in calm water and whitewater river environments, ocean, lake or swimming pool. Our programmes incorporate Te Reo Māori and can also combine riverbug with other activities such as informative cultural hikoi, stand up paddle board, MTB, and visits to natural attractions to create suitable packages designed to achieve your goals. NZQA units can also be incorporated into the programmes. Along with our regular half day and full day class outings we also coordinate programmes for school camps. Contact us to discuss your requirements and we'll be happy to put together programmes to suit your needs.
The Tarawera awa in Kawerau is an exciting new addition to our riverbug programmes that ticks all the boxes. From half day & full day outings to multi day camps, there are great opportunities to get of the beaten track and try something different. Programmes start from $35, minimum age 10 years.Learn More
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 participants age 10+Learn More
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
A visit to Kawerau's awesome free thermal pools is the perfect way to relax after our Action Bug tour on the Rangitāiki awa. Yep that's right – the pools are free!
The Tarawera awa disappears underground then reemerges gushing from the cliff face as the spectacular Tarawera 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 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. 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.