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Looking for the best places to Whitewater Kayak in and around Turangi? Below are some great routes, trips and resources to help you Whitewater Kayak in and around Turangi.

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A southern hemisphere gem! A destination for many northern hemisphere boaters chasing an endless summer. Pristine lakes, world class creeking and sea kayaking adventures abound in this friendly island nation.

Whitewater Kayak Trips or Routes


Lower section
Tauranga Taupo River - An amazing river that is seldom paddled, but is well worth your effort. This is a South Island West Coast style river with drive in access.
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Tongariro River - One of the must do runs in the North Island. Great longer bolder style rapids. Lots of fun play waves and holes. Catch the release twice a year. Or wait for rain. This run is on the easy side of Grade 4 and is a great step up from Grade 3, for those looking to push the grade.
Blue Pool
Tongariro River - Really neat class two trip, a good chance to see whio. Getting in at Red Hut, makes a great first time white water trip, and a nice MTN bike shuttle
Waihohonu River - This is possibly the most beautiful place I have ever been, but how do you judge?? Very low volume, tight technical paddling. Elbow pads a great option. Each gorge looks intimidating, but all end in a pool and are relatively short. Rope skills and good river running skill required in here as hazards change regularly. Once in there the paddling is its own uniquely fun style.
Lower Section
Waihohonu River - Just as I said for the upper this river is absolutly beautiful. Expect to find fun low volume class 3 rapids. Near the end look out for a really neat cave and spring. There are two rapids that are commanly portaged. One is a tight line around a piton rock. The other a very sticky hydraulic that deserves a bit of respect. Portage both of these on river left. Follow the hand lines and don't fall in!