The river is lake fed and therefore reasonably warm (unlike snow-melt rivers) and is an extremely deep gorge meaning that there are very few rocks to negotiate. We pick up from Rotorua accommodation and drive to our private river base where customers are outfitted in quality equipment and receive comprehensive safety instruction.
Once on the water, all safety is repeated before beginning, your "at one with the environment", experience. Trips take around 1 hour on the water. Sledgers are in control of their own purpose-built sledge; manoeuvred by flippers on their feet. Our trips are tailored to the ability of a group.
Sledging on the Kaituna River is an extreme activity. Sledgers need to be strong swimmers and confident in water. If you can run 100 metres and recover comfortably then you will be fit enough for this awesome activity. Sledgers will be assessed on their suitability to sledge this river upon arrival at our base.
All customers view a slideshow of their experience before being returned home.
Age Limit: 15 years, a competent swimmer and must fit safety equipment.
Weight Limit: Recommended minimum of 40kg and maximum of 125kg
Equipment: We provide wetsuits, fleeces, wetsuit jackets, booties, flippers, buoyancy aids, and helmets.
Transport: From Rotorua central is available on request. Alternatively you can meet us at our Kaituna River Base (plenty of free, safe parking).
Trips: Sledging is available from November to April, subject to availability.
(Flexibility for groups). Allow 3 hours in total.
Price: $129.00 per person.
Prices may change. Please check price on booking.
Group quotes on request.