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From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Product ID: 185366
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.
About this activity
Duration: 4.5 hours
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Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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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
  • Add an extra level of excitement with an optional helicopter ride
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.

For a real thrill, opt to include 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. Hop aboard the helicopter and glide through the narrow canyon to meet your fellow rafters at the take-off point.
  • 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
  • One-way 7 to 10-minute helicopter transfer (if option selected)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 13 years
  • Pregnant women

Prepare for the activity

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.
• 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

4.6 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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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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January 18, 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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December 19, 2018

Very well organised with great attention to safety procedures

February 6, 2020

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Go Orange

Product ID: 185366