From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

4.7 / 5

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From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

From £103.52 per person

Raft the famous Shotover River on thrilling, grade 3 to 5 whitewater rapids on a half-day trip from Queenstown. Experience Skippers Canyon's daunting cliff edges and gold-mining history by 4x4.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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  • Climb aboard a 4x4 to travel from the rafting base, through Skippers Canyon, and to the take-off point
  • Tackle thrilling, grades 3-5 whitewater rapids on the iconic Shotover River
  • Raft through the darkness of the historic, 550-foot Oxenbridge Tunnel
Full description
Start the tour with a fun drive to the rafting take-off point via Skippers Canyon. The 4x4 drive is an experience in itself; the narrow dirt road hugs the canyon's sheer cliffs and offers spectacular views over the river you'll soon be soaring down. At the rafting base, get fitted in all your gear and listen to a full safety briefing.  Begin your whitewater rafting adventure from Deep Creek. Cruise over peaceful waters before heading towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you paddle through the rapids and into the darkness of the historic, 550-foot Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting over Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.
  • Round-trip transfers between Queenstown and the rafting base
  • 4x4 transfer
  • Experienced rafting guides
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • All rafting and safety equipment
  • Access to hot showers
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with heart problems
  • People under 88 lbs (40 kg)
  • Non-swimmers
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Not allowed

  • Cameras

Know before you go

  • All participants must sign a waiver form.
  • Rafters must be water-confident, able to swim in fast-moving water, and agree to carefully follow guides' instructions.
  • This activity is not suitable for those under 13 years of age, under 88 pounds, or over 260 pounds, nor for those who have a heart condition or are taking heart medication, nor for pregnant women.
  • Rafters under 16 years must be accompanied by a guardian and rafters under 18 years must have a waiver form signed by a guardian.
  • Participation in rafting activities involves a degree of risk and the rafting operator cannot absolutely guarantee participants' safety.
  • The local partner reserves the right to refuse participation and cancel or amend any trips due to insufficient numbers or river, road, or weather conditions in the interest of all rafters’ safety.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 16 reviews

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Great fun with a great guide

Due to the heavy rainfall we ended up on the Kawarau rafting trip instead (it was possible to get a refund but we were happy to give this a go!). It was my first time white water rafting and every member of staff from start to finish put me at ease. It was a great experience and a lot of that was down to our guide, Zack. In quieter sections of the river we were able to jump in and play different games, making the whole trip fun as well as exciting when we hit the rapids. All in all a great experience!

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18 January 2019

Best Activity in Queenstown

Due to rains in the morning, the Shotover River was too full and dangerous to go on, so we raftet on the Kawarau River, but the team was also really nice and helpful if you wanted to change the date or get your money back. I would recommend this tour anytime, I felt really safe and comfortable at all times. There is space to change, shower and lock up valuables if needed. So if possible go on Zac's boat, he was awesome. We had little games on the boat, went couple of times swimming and a lot to laugh. The wetsuits were perfect for the cold water. I think white water rafting is one of the best things to do in Queenstown and it last longer then few seconds of free fall, which we saw when we were passing by the bungee jumping with our boat. Totally your money worth.

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19 December 2018

A very cool experience was a lot of fun. But next time more time would be better. Luck arrived just in time by car

17 February 2020

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