For wet-weather thrills, head here to scale walls built to challenge all skill levels.
Barry Greig’s Sporting World
Hires and sells gear and handles bookings for guides and charters.
Sports store laden with fishing paraphenalia. Its website details the latest fishing conditions.
Grand Central Fry
A local legend serving top fish and chips, plus burgers and anything else fryable.
Lonely Planet review
Offering a warm welcome, hot showers and a taste of Maori culture, this operator is a popular choice. The main trips offered are Tongariro Whitewater with an optional waterfall jump (Grade III, four hours, adult/child $119/109) and the Family Fun raft over more relaxed rapids (Grade II, three hours, adult/child $75/65). Groups of four or more can tackle an overnighter (Grade III+, per person $350), rafting to a riverside campsite and then hitting more rapids the following day.