Up For Some Serious Fun? Go Rafting On The Kaituna River In New Zealand!

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If you pass by a river where you can do rafting, do it. If you pass by a river where you can do grade 5 rafting, absolutely 100% do it!! There are so many different places for you to go rafting, for example, somewhere similar to north fork american river could be amazingly fun!

Omg, it was so much fun! I had done rafting a few times before but everywhere I went they generally offered grade 2 and 3 only. But those ones are for kids – quite literally, you can bring your 10 year old to a grade 3 rafting trip. But rafting higher grades is where the actual fun starts. Add incredibly beautiful nature to it, and you have an awesome day!

This particular grade 5 rafting trip on the Kaituna river in New Zealand is supposed to include the highest (commercially) rafted waterfall in the world with a lovely 7m fall. Yeeey, fun times :)

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No, this photo does not show the 7m fall, I’ll get to the ‘Omg-my-god-is-this-really-happening-nooooooooooo’ part later in the photo story. The above picture just shows one of the warming up falls so can slowly but surely mentally prepare yourself for the insanity that is yet to come :)

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What is also fun is to place two poor souls in the front of the raft and then go straight to where the waterfall hits the water. Yes, so you are essentially rafting back to where you have just landed from your fall. For the two guys in the front (I’m that happy looking one in the photo below on the very right) it’s a hell of a water shower which stops you from breathing and almost makes you lose your contact lenses if you are wearing any.. Yeah, don’t even think on wearing ‘normal’ prescription glasses that are not made for adventure sports, you might as well throw them into the river before you start.

And now, as promised, the photo story of our fall… 1, 2, 3 oh noooooooooo!

Rafting the Kaituna River, Rotorua, New Zealand

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See, everyone survived. All happy campers. So much fun! You absolutely should do that too!

If you happen to pass by Rotorua on the North Island of New Zealand and are up for some fun rafting, this is the rafting company that took us out: Rotorua Rafting . Have fun :)

Rafting the Kaituna River in New Zealand


  1. September 15, 2016 / 4:17 am

    Ooooooh! Looks like you had some serious fun out on those rapids!

  2. February 22, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Ohhh my gosh! This is definitely on my bucket list now, thank you! I might be a little scared, but it really looks like the experience of a lifetime! I love the amazing photos you managed to capture. Was anyone really scared?

    • Karateandcaviar
      February 23, 2017 / 12:25 am

      Once they promised that they usually bring all guests back, it was fine haha. I love adventure sports and the group we were with was a bit crazy too, so nobody was REALLY scared. But we all screamed like hell! :)

  3. February 22, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    My rafting experience is pretty much limited to beginner-level rafting on the Nile in Uganda…although that I remember finding a bit tricky and hairy in places! Your photos are really good. You captured the visceral rush of the experience perfectly :-)

  4. February 26, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    I love river rafting. This looks really thrilling. The whole experience gives you a really good rush. However a bit of precautions is a must. But the fall is really spectacular and must indeed have been one of a kind experience.
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  5. February 27, 2017 / 9:06 am

    We have done rafting just once in life in Indus River in Ladakh, India and it was much fun though it was I think just beginner. Your rafting experience sounds like much more fun and adrenaline rushing adventure. That 7 m fall is just awesome, wonder how you guys stayed intact even after that fall and an almost drown. Your post has motivated us to give it another try whenever we next have a chance. Thanks for the post!
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    • Karateandcaviar
      February 27, 2017 / 9:38 am

      We were wondering the same thing.. before and after the fall haha… You should definitely do it, it’s so much fun :) :)

  6. February 27, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    OMG! You guys totally disappeared! How did you managed to stay all in the raft?? Never tried this before but would love to do it one day. I think it must be incredible fun and, at the same time, you have to work all as a team. “Not seat in the front”… check! Will have it in mind if I ever try it. ;)
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  7. February 28, 2017 / 5:28 am

    Oh..that fall photo made my breathe stop!! i can’t believe you really tried, to be honest, I am scared of that fall. But yes, I totally love the sparkling water and the greenery around. Such a beautiful place. And hats off to your guts!!
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  8. February 28, 2017 / 6:17 am

    By just looking at your river rafting pictures, I feel like going for it so much! Must be an exhilarating experience for a lifetime!

  9. February 28, 2017 / 8:16 am

    I know the thrill and excitement of doing rafting. I simply love this experience. I had done my first rafting in Rishikesh in The river Ganges. Awesome !. loved your post, this made me release that its’ been so long i haven’t done it .. So i have to plan it soon. The pictures are fabulous.
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  10. February 28, 2017 / 11:38 am

    I have done grade 2, 3…. not sure if I have the courage for grade 5. It sounds adventurous and thrilling for sure. ? That fall pic made me hold my breath. Definitely a must read post for adventure seekers.

  11. February 28, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Terrific experience and photographs. I like how they get drowned in water and come up again. Not sure I will be able to pull it off though!

  12. February 28, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe you’ve made it out of the waterfall still inside the boat! It looks like a lot of fun! I have tried rafting this year for the first time, on a kiddie class 3 river, and loved it. I would like to do it again as it was so much fun.
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  13. March 2, 2017 / 1:56 am

    I’ve done 3-4 grade before and it was really fun but this looks like it was on a completely different level! It looks so amazingly fun, maybe a tiny bit scary also haha. The rafting itself looks incredible but I actually cant get over the nature around you! So many ferns and so incredibly green! Im heading to NZ in a few months, not sure if winter is the best time for rafting haha but I will be looking into it for sure after this!

  14. March 2, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Seeing those pictures got my adrenaline higgh. I would so dig those Grade 5 rapids….it must have been exhilarating to conquer them . Gosh, you have no idea what an itch I have right now after reading your blog! Lucky you.

    • Karateandcaviar
      March 3, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      It’s so much fun! I’d love to go again soon :)

  15. March 3, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    OMG! From where did you get that courage to even try this. 7-meter fall is quite a big one. I was scared seeing your first picture but at end yeah everyone survived. I always want to try the one above 3rd grade but too scared to. Hopefully one day I will have that adrenaline rush and experience it.
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  16. March 3, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    These pictures look crazy! This must have been so much fun <3 The pictures & this post give a crisp but great peak into your experience. Can't wait to try it for myself <3


  17. March 13, 2019 / 7:26 am

    This is definitely on my bucket list, thanks! I can feel a little scared, but it really feels like a lifetime experience! I love the wonderful pictures you have been able to capture. Was anyone really scared?

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