TARAWERA RIVERBUG
Riverbug the Tarawera River at the site of the 2013 IRF World Rafting Championships in Kawerau. 3 HOURS from $129

$159 Adult
$129 Child (<16)


  • Departures: 2PM, (& 10AM on request) September – March), 10AM (April – August)
  • First-timer & family friendly
  • 3 hours (approx 1.5 hours on the water)
  • Grade 1 & 2 (easy, fun whitewater)
  • Suitable for participants 1.25m or taller
  • Close to the Maurie Kjar Memorial Thermal Baths (Free entry)

From its source 25km upstream at Lake Tarawera the river flows swiftly through open valley plunging 65m over the spectacular Tarawera Falls before reaching the rural town of Kawerau – the location of our riverbug tour. Crystal clear water and fun rapids are features of this introduction to riverbugging located only 30 mins drive from Whakatāne, 50 mins from Rotorua or 1hr 10 mins from Tauranga. 

The Tarawera's easy swirling currents and swift, fun whitewater provide the perfect combination for learning the basics and challenging yourself in the rapids. Easy river access allows us to carry our bugs back upstream along the walking track for repeat runs of the fun 'Slalom Course' rapids.

While in the area we encourage you to visit the local iSite and check out the other highlights around Kawerau, such as: Tarawera Falls, Maurie Kjar Memorial Thermal Baths (free entry), or book a Hikoi (walk) around the cultural sites of Kawerau, or one of their poular 'Mill Tours'.

Meeting place for the tour is Firmin Lodge, Waterhouse St, Kawerau 3127, New Zealand

  • No previous whitewater experience is necessary. 
  • All equipment and safety personnel provided. 
  • Bring your swimwear, thin socks, towel & sun protection. 
  • Allow approximately 3 hours in total.
  • Minimum participant height: 1.25m
  • Maximum participant weight: 120 kg
  • Expect to carry your riverbug (9 kg)