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Riverbug - Tarawera River

Experience a unique whitewater adventure aboard a Riverbug!


  • A unique whitewater riverbug adventure
  • Easy and fun on grade 2 whitewater
  • No experience necessary - great fun for the whole family!

Ride the crystal clear water of the Tarawera River beneath the spectacular backdrop of Pūtauaki (Mt. Edgecombe) near the rural town of Kawerau. An awesome introduction to riverbugging at the site of the 2013 IRF World Rafting Championships.

Enjoy the fun grade 2 rapids which are perfect for learning the basics and challenging yourself, an easy walking track allows you to carry your bug back upstream for repeat runs on the 'Slalom Course' rapids.

We provide all the equipment you need including wetsuits, helmets along with a knowledgeable guide to ensure your adventure is safe and enjoyable.

Be prepared to get wet and have fun on this unique adventure, and be sure to check out the other highlights in and around Kawerau, such as Tarawera Falls, Maurie Kjar Memorial Thermal Baths (free entry), or take a Hikoi (walk) around the cultural sites of Kawerau, or one of their popular 'Mill Tours'.

Per person $99.00

What's included

  • 2.5 - 3 hour Riverbug experience (approx 1.5 hours on the water)
  • All equipment and safety personnel provided


  • 2.5 - 3 hours - approx 1.5 hours on the water


  • Departs: Firmin Lodge Waterhouse Street, Kawerau 3127, New Zealand.
  • Please see drive times below.


  • Minimum height: 1.25m.

    Maximum weight: 120 kg.

    Participants MUST be able to swim.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 participants to run.

    Getting Here:

    30 min drive from Whakatane.

    50 min drive from Rotorua.

    1hr 10 min drive from Tauranga.

Available Bookings from October 20 to October 26

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