The rivers that flow over the North Island of New Zealand are extremely varied in character: from secret streams flowing through deep hidden gorges, to big powerful rivers flowing through broad mountain valleys.
The North Island of New Zealand was born of volcanic upheavals–lava flows and bursting volcanoes. Now, its dramatic landscape reflects those impulsive and powerful beginnings. Whitewater rafting on New Zealand’s North Island grants access to beautiful limestone gorges, ancient beech forests, sandstone canyons, lush vegetation in the deeper gorges, breccia forests, impressive mountain ranges, sacred native worship and burial sites, and exciting rapids. One of New Zealand’s most famous rivers is on the North Island: The Kaituna is renowned for having the tallest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, which thunders past a hidden cave that is an ancient Maori burial site.