Explore the spectacular Poripori Water Holes near Tauranga by Riverbug. Experience impressive bedrock geology, with deep pools and small rapids. 2.5 HOURS.

– A fun and educational class outing close to Tauranga!

Departures AM & PM (email us or call 022 344 5002 to arrange your booking date and departure time)

  • Self drive meeting at the river
  • Riverbug tour takes approx 2.5 -3 hours
  • Grade 1 (easy fun whitewater)
  • Great adventure for friends & families with younger children

Our riverbug tour starts at the iconic Poripori Water Holes on the Wairoa River near Tauranga. Kitted out in wetsuits, safety gear, funky webbed gloves and flippers, we carry our bugs to the river to try them out. It’s super easy to learn and loads of fun! 

Against a backdrop of native forrest we explore the Wairoa’s amazing geology drifting through deep pools, sliding between rocks and down small drops amongst the Wairoaʻs impressive pot-holes carved out of the bedrock by stones and water. Splash around, try a few cool tricks and games, or just relax and take in the awesome scenery of this special place. You'll learn how the elements shaped the bedrock and gain insights into the early human habitation and culture.

Participant requirements:

  • Minimum age 8 years 
  • Maximum weight 120kg
  • Fit & able

What to bring:

  • Swimwear
  • towel
  • sun protection.


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