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  2. Otago
  3. Queenstown
  4. Shotover River

Queenstown: Shotover River White Water Rafting or Heli-Raft

Product ID: 185366
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Raft the famous Shotover River for thrilling grade 3 to 5 whitewater action on a half-day trip from Queenstown. Experience Skippers Canyon daunting cliff edges and gold-mining history by 4x4 before your action-packed rafting adventure.
About this activity
Duration 4.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Embark on an exciting Shotover River Whitewater Rafting adventure from Queenstown
  • Climb aboard a 4x4 to travel from the rafting base, through Skippers Canyon and to the rafting put-in point
  • Tackle thrilling grade 3-5 white water action on the iconic Shotover River
  • Raft through the darkness of the historic 170-meter Oxenbridge Tunnel
  • Add an extra adrenaline factor with an optional helicopter transfer
Full description
Take on the famous Shotover River with its grade 3 to 5 rapids and enjoy the fun drive to the rafting start point via Skippers Canyon. The 4x4 drive is an experience in itself, the narrow dirt track road hugs the canyon's sheer cliffs and offers spectacular views over the river you'll be rafting. At the rafting base, be fitted out with all your gear and benefit from a full safety briefing. 

Begin your whitewater rafting adventure from Deep Creek, over peaceful waters at first, before heading towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. Feel your adrenaline as you paddle through the rapids and raft through the darkness of the historic 170-meter Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting over Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

For a real sense of adventure, opt to take a one-way scenic helicopter flight over the famous Skippers Canyon. Check-in at the shop in central Queenstown and you'll be taken to the raft base at Arthurs Point to gear up. A shuttle bus will then transport you to the helipad halfway up the Coronet Peak access road. Jump in a helicopter and fly through the narrow canyon, right above the river you are about to raft. 
  • Return transfers between Queenstown and rafting base
  • 4x4 transfer to Deep Creek via Skippers Canyon Road
  • Experienced rafting guides
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • All rafting and safety equipment, wetsuit, wetsuit jacket, spray jacket, paddle, helmet, wetsuit booties, and life jacket
  • Whitewater rafting experience on the Shotover River
  • Hot showers
  • One-way 7 to 10-minute helicopter transfer (if option selected)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your trip departure at the following address: 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand. Please note that the meeting point will change during the following periods: • October 22 to May 31: 37 Camp street, Queenstown • June 1 to September 30: Go Orange Kiosk, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown

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Important information
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.
• Activity not suitable for those under 13 years of age, under 40-kilograms or over 120-kilograms, with a heart condition or taking heart medication, nor pregnant women.
• Rafters under 16 years must have a guardian travel with them and all 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 rafting operator reserves the right to refuse participation and cancel or amend any trips due to river, road or weather conditions, or insufficient numbers in the interest of all rafters’ safety.
• Rafters must be water-confident, able to swim in fast-moving water, and agree to carefully follow guides' instructions.
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4.3 / 5
based on 6 reviews
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Product ID: 185366