Cost: $99 per person

  • Departures: 10AM & 2PM (September – April), 1PM (May – August)
  • First-timer & family friendly
  • 2.5 – 3 hours (approx 1.5 hours on the water)
  • Grade 2 (easy, fun whitewater)
  • Suitable for participants 1.25m or taller
  • Free entry into the Maurie Kjar Memorial Thermal Baths

From its source 25km upstream at Lake Tarawera by the base of Mt. Tarawera, the Tarawera River flows swiftly through open valley plunging 65m over the spectacular Tarawera Falls before reaching the rural town of Kawerau where our riverbug tour takes place . Crystal clear water and fun rapids are features of this fun introduction to riverbugging conveniently located in Kawerau only 30 mins drive from Wakakatāne, 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. Excellent river access along the riverbank makes for convenience and safety, and allows us to easily carry our bugs back upstream along the walking track for repeat runs of the fun 'Slalom Course' rapids.

Be prepared to get wet and have fun on this unique adventure, and be sure to visit the local iSite to check out the other highlights in and 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, towel & sun protection. 
  • Allow approximately 2.5 – 3 hours in total.
  • Minimum participant height: 1.25m
  • Maximum weight: 120 kg