McLaren Falls & Lower Kaimai


The Wairoa River is one of New Zealand’s most exciting rivers to raft with plenty of grade 5 white water action.  Stunning tree-lined gorges, turbulent rapids and breath taking drops add up to top whitewater action.  The Wairoa River is controlled by a hydro dam and runs only 26 days a year.  A number of commercial rafting operators offer trips on the river which start from McLaren Falls park and finish at the Ruahihi power station on SH29.