Half day rafting excursion down Kawarau River
Half day rafting excursion down Kawarau River
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  • Duration
    4.5 hrs
  • Opening seasons:
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Activity description

Start your whitewater rafting adventure with a super scenic, playful and fun for all!

The Kawarau River is ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience, or groups of mixed ability/ages. There is plenty of whitewater action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though, as there is a good chance of a water fight!

The Kawarau River is a celebrity within its own right, as it starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings. The grandeur of the canyons imparts a feeling of paddling through the heart of Middle Earth. Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long Dog Leg rapid - New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid before returning to Queenstown for a sauna and shower at Cavells Rafting Base.

Kawarau River
This river is usually graded 2-3 (however occasionally grade 2-4 at higher water levels), therefore easier to navigate and with less risk of falling out. There are flat stretches of river between the rapids where you'll have the opportunity to race your friends on the other rafts or jump out and swim. The Kawarau River is a deep and big river, flowing through some spectacular Central Otago vineyards. The outing ends with a 400 meter long, grade 3/4 rapid!

minimum 13 y/o
Starting time: 9:00 am,
Cancellation policy: 
flexible1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically reimbursed for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement

3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected

Summer: Check in 8.00am and 1.00pm
Winter: Check in 8.30am and 1.00pm

Activity requirements

All participants:
- Must weight at least 40 kgs 
- Under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult

You must be ‘water confident’ and be able to swim on this trip. One way to describe ‘water confident’ is to imagine yourself swimming in the sea where you can't stand up, with medium waves around you and being tossed around a bit. If you feel comfortable with this then you should be fine.

Special terms

The centre is closed Christmas Day.

This trip requires a minimum number of 8 clients to confirm.

  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Hot showers and sauna
  • Transfer to and from downtown Queenstown
  • Rafting on the Kawarau River grade 2-3
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Money for snacks and photos
Meeting point
Queenstown Rafting Shop, 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown Get directions
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