Ride the rapids and drift past waterfalls as you experience the Rangitāiki River's spectacular gorge from a riverbug perspective. Share our passion for riverbug adventures, and help us to support regenerative tourism, community & healthy lifestyles.



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The Rangitāiki is the Bay of Plenty's longest river holds special significance to Māori, with local iwi (tribes) having a long history of connection to the awa (river). Our Action Bug tour takes us on a journey through a remote gorge below the spectacular Aniwhenua Falls.

The tour meets at Lake Aniwhenua, close to Whakatāne, Rotorua & Tauranga. Action Bug is a premier Bay of Plenty experience, with 5 km of exciting whitewater, deep pools, stunning scenery, and a picnic by the river. Tours depart September – April. 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:
8 am to 9 pm

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


Proximity to town:
57 km to Whakatāne, 68 km to Rotorua, 120 km to Tauranga, 110 km to Taupō, 300 km to Auckland.

Proximity to airport:
120 km to Tauranga Airport, 57 km to Whakatāne Airport, 87 km to Rotorua Airport, 120 km to Taupō Airport, 295 km to Auckland Intrnational Airport.

Proximity to bus:
120km to Tauranga, 58 km to Whakatāne, 68 km to Rotorua, 120 km to Tauranga, 110 km from Taupō, 300 km to Auckland.

Parking, toilet and changing facilities available at Lake Aniwhenua Camping Area.

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



Adult $189
Child $149

Activity Duration:
Tour duration 4 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.
Riverbug.nz reserve the right to cancel or amend any tour for any reason.