Join us on the Sunday water releases & experience the spectacular Wairoa River gorge near Tauranga from a riverbug perspective. Share our passion for riverbug adventures, and help us to support regenerative tourism, community and healthy lifestyles.



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The Wairoa (Long Water in Māori) flows through rapid filled bedrock gorge in the Kaimai Ranges near Tauranga, and is a favourite with whitewater enthusiasts when the water is released into the natural riverbed. Our Bug Sunday tour takes us on a unique journey through the lower gorge, with a fun 'roller–coaster' ride through the rapids – including a surf session on the legendary 'Wairoa Wave'.

The tour meets Sunday mornings near the Poripori Water Holes, allowing us to paddle and walk up river to the starting point before the water release arrives. Tours depart on Sundays Spring – Autumn. In small groups we offer top equipment, personal service & and unforgettable experience. Grade 2. Bring swimwear, towel & sun protection.

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Business Hours:
8am to 9pm

Months of Operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec


Proximity to town:
18 km to Tauranga, 60 km to Rotorua, 90 km to Hamilton, 1015 km to Whakatāne, 30 km to Taupō, 195 km to Auckland.

Proximity to airport:
18 km to Tauranga Airport, 68 km to Rotorua Airport, 83 km to Hamilton Airport, 99 km to Whakatāne Airport, 30 km to Taupō, 195 km to Auckland Airport

Proximity to bus:
18km to Tauranga coach terminal.

Parking at meeting point.

Weather Considerations:
Trips may be postponed or cancelled due to heavy rain and rising river levels.



Adult $149
Child $119

Activity Duration:
3 hours

Suitable for Kids & Adults 1.25m+
Bookings confirmed by full payment
Bookings are accepted on the understanding that customers appreciate the possible risks in outdoor adventure activities such as but not limited to, injury, uneven terrain, inclement weather, other river users.
All clients must warrant that they have acceptable fitness & no medical condition that will cause them concern during the activities.
It is at our discretion if any customer is deemed incapable of participation.

Cancellation Policy:
Client cancellation within 24 hours from the tour departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
All other client cancellations will incur a 10% administration fee.
Covid 19 related cancellations will receive a full refund or a credit.
There will be no refund on any portion or part of a guided trip once the trip has departed.
Client 'no-shows' who fail to notify cancellation will not receive a refund. reserve the right to cancel or amend any tour for any reason.