Welcome to Kaituna Kayaks

We are a Kayaking company based on the banks of the beautiful Kaituna River, just north of Rotorua, in the North Island of New Zealand.


We offer all aspects of kayaking on a number of North Island rivers. We cater for all levels and abilities, offering lessons and courses, tandem kayak trips, guided whitewater trips and scenic sea kayaking trips on Lake Rotoiti.


Develop your skills quickly using up-to-date techniques to suit modern boats and equipment in either group or private lessons - from complete beginner to seasoned pro, our lessons and trips are customised just for you.


Kayaking is an amazing sport that can take you places that not many get to see, so come along and enjoy the fun and amazing places with us.

About us



Kaituna Kayaks has been around since the late 1990s running kayaking trips on the Kaituna River near Rotorua, New Zealand. We have since expanded our scope to include the major 7 river runs around the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions.


We offer kayak lessons, tandem kayak trips, day / multiday guided whitewater kayaking trips, Grade 2 kayak certification for multisport, plus scenic sea kayaking trips on beautiful Lake Rotoiti.


Our team are some of the best kayakers in the world, spending every spare minute on the water. Company owner Bradley Lauder started out kayaking at high school, learning the skills by paddling slalom and canoe polo. He represented New Zealand in the New Zealand slalom team racing world cup races in Europe and Australia, also competing in extreme races and paddling rivers around the world.


Kayaking is our passion and we want to share that with you!


Safety is important to us. In any adventure, there is an element of risk involved. Kaituna Kayaks take all practicable steps to identify and minimise potential dangers. While we do our absolute best to minimise risk, we cannot guarantee your safety. You must follow our instructions and use safety equipment provided at all times.


We are audited by Adventure mark the national outdoor safety quality assurance association designed specifically for organisations involved in outdoor education, outdoor recreation and adventure activities. The safety audit is a very rigorous and thorough process. Our Adventure mark accreditation means assurance that we follow best practice safety procedures and that your safety is our number one priority.


Kaituna Kayaks reserves the right to refuse passage to anyone we believe is medically or otherwise unsafe. We reserve the right to withdraw any person who in our opinion is likely to endanger themselves or others. We also reserve the right to change plans and/or cancel any trip if we have any safety concerns.