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.

$59 per person

  • 3.5-4 hours (aprox. 2 hours on the water)
  • Grade 1 (very easy, slow moving water)
  • Suitable for participants age 7+ 
  • Maximum participant weight 130 kg

The scenic Wairoa awa (long water) with it's good accessibility, easy flowing water and interesting history offers a fun introduction to riverbugging close to Tauranga.

Our riverbug adventure starts with meeting the group at the council reserve by the Ruahihi Power Station, where we distribute the equipment and get changed. After a safety briefing we'll head downstream below the tailrace of the Ruahihi Power Sation which provides us with a short bubbly artificial rapid. There'll be fun games and initiative challenges to keep everyone entertained, and students will learn about local stories and conservation. Wildlife encounters are common on the river and we often see black swan and Canadian geese floating along ahead of us.


  1. Welcome
  2. Issue equipment
  3. Briefing 
  4. Karakia (blessing)
  5. Practice on water
  6. Depart from practice pool at power station
  7. Fun games and initiative challenges during river trip
  8. Arrive at take out
  9. Return equipment
  10. Change into dry clothes


  • Riverbug equipment (Wetsuit, booties, buoyancy aid, fins & paddling gloves 
  • Program facilitators

Students Bring: 

  • Swimwear (own wetsuit if have one)
  • Towel
  • Sun protection 
  • Water, snack/lunch


  • Riverbug.nz is an independently audited, and WorkSafe registered outdoor activity provider. Contact us for copies of our Activity Risk Assessment and Safety Management Systems.