Rafting Company Origins & Culture

Rafting New Zealand has been operating for over 20 years and is New Zealand’s most awarded rafting Company.

Voted Best Rafting Operation in NZ in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015! – we are extremely proud of what we do and how we do it!

A family run business – established in 1991 – Owner/Operator’s Luke and Pianika Boddington love to raft and love to share their passion for rafting rivers with all their clients, this enthusiasm for their excellent product is infectious and helps to create the unique experience that is white water rafting with Rafting New Zealand. For customer feedback go to www.tripadvisor.com – Rafting New Zealand Turangi or www.rankers.co.nz Rafting New Zealand.

Rafting New Zealand first began as Rock ‘n’ River Adventures in 1991. It’s founders Rod Brown (Pianika’s dad), and Tui Brabyn, had a vision to operate, not necessarily the biggest, but definitely the best white water rafting business in Aotearoa (New Zealand). This vision is realised and continued today.

Today Rafting New Zealand has operations in both Turangi & Taupo – employing 20 people & rafts over 10,000 people per annum.

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Our Turangi Rafting Base

NZ’S BEST RAFTING FACILITIES!

Located at the southern end of Lake Taupo in the alpine village of Turangi you get to experience a unique part of Aotearoa just by visiting us. With modern facilities, friendly atmosphere, hot solar powered showers, retail shopping & OZONE espresso coffee for sale, you are well catered for!


6D Adventure Cinema Taupo

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Rafting New Zealand Adventure Centre (RNZAC) -Taupo

LOCATED AT 47 RUAPEHU ST, TAUPO

RNZAC is home to Rafting New Zealand’s 6D Cinema Rafting Adventure – a World First! It is also our Taupo Booking Office. Running on the hour the cinema experience enables anyone and everyone the opportunity to experience the thrill of rafting. Visit our Taupo operation for rafting & adventure combo bookings and advice, rafting shuttles departing daily, superb OZONE espresso, unique NZ adventure apparel, and an awesome 6D cinema adventure.


Our Environment

TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK/ LAKE TAUPO/TONGARIRO RIVER

Here at Rafting New Zealand we often awake saying, “another day in paradise”. We are lucky enough to have our ‘’office’’ as some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and pristine wilderness. We are based at the southern end of Lake Taupo (New Zealand’s biggest lake) and nestled amongst the mountains of the Tongariro National Park (World Heritage Area). With Mt Tongariro (Tongariro Crossing), Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom from the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Mt Ruapehu (Whakapapa/Turoa ski fields’s), we live and work in a natural playground of un-surpassed beauty.


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Staff – Gear – Safety:

WE ONLY EMPLOY THE BEST “KIWI” NZ RAFTING GUIDES AT RAFTING NEW ZEALAND!

Our staff are our biggest asset, they are highly trained Kiwi professionals and outdoor adventurers who love what they do and will keep you safe.

Our gear is updated annually and is of excellent condition.

We are audited each year by Maritime New Zealand and continually receive the highest marks in safety and service. We were the first rafting company to gain the internationally recognised Qualmark Award for excellence in safety and service – you can be completely confident when booking your rafting adventure with us.


Team RNZ

“JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE BREATHING DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE ALIVE”

Team RNZ is the “adventure wing” of Rafting New Zealand’s everyday operations. Consisting of RNZ Guides and elite athletes, and combined with the support of likeminded Partner Products – the TEAM is always on the search for new challenges & exciting adventures.

This adventure culture runs through to RNZ’s commercial trips creating “adventures” for its clients – rather than just another tour. A subtle difference but one which has a huge impact on the overall customer experience.

When you raft with RNZ – you also raft with the TEAM & become an exclusive member for life!