A truly off-the-beaten-track action packed wilderness experience through a stunning gorge in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. 3.5 Hours. Min age 10 years. Cost $75 pp (minimum group numbers apply)

  • Half day tour
  • 3.5 hours total ( aprox. 2 hours on the river) 
  • Grade 2 (Exciting, fun whitewater)
  • Suitable for ages 10+
  • First-timer friendly
  • Maximum participant weight 120 kg

Rising in the Ahimanawa Ranges, the Rangitāiki is the Bay of Plenty's longest river. Fun bouncy waves, swirling currents and deep pools make for both an exciting and relaxing ride through this spectacular gorge.


Our adventure begins with meeting your group at the Lake Aniwhenua camping area which provides toilets and changing facilities. After changing into riverbugging gear there's a safety briefing, then we put on the river below Aniwhenua Falls for some calm water practice before heading into the gorge. After approximately 2 hours on the water we arrive at the take out point where transport and dry clothes await.

The riverbug tour can also be combined with other activities and attractions such as the thermal baths in Kawarau (free entry), visiting Tarawera Falls or a cultural tour with local Māori. Let us know your wishes and we're are happy to assist you with options of things to do while in the area.


  1. Mihi |Welcome
  2. Issue equipment
  3. Briefing 
  4. Karakia (blessing)
  5. Practice on water
  6. Depart from practice pool below the falls
  7. Riverbug descent of Rangitāiki awa
  8. Arrive at take out
  9. Return equipment and change into dry clothes
  10. Depart


  • Riverbug equipment  
  • Programme facilitators

Students Bring: 

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sun protection 
  • Water, snack/lunch