Half day rafting excursion down Shotover River
Half day rafting excursion down Shotover River
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    5 hrs
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Activity description

Start your whitewater rafting adventure with Queenstown Rafting's most popular outing! It's choc-a-bloc with serious whitewater action!

Begin with an unforgettable coach trip into Skippers Canyon, famous for it's exciting cliff edges and gold mining history. Meet your river guide before beginning your whitewater rafting journey through the spectacular canyon. You'll be rafting from Deep Creek over peaceful waters at first, then you'll head towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon.

The adrenaline pumps as you paddle Aftershock, Squeeze, Toilet, Oh Sh*t, Pinball and Jaws to name but a few. Raft the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel, before shooting Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at Cavells Rafting Base.

Shotover River
This river is graded 3-5 (5 is the highest grade commercially rafted in the world), making it a more exciting river to raft, harder to navigate with a higher risk of falling out from the boat. There are more rapids on the river, compared to the Kawarau including a section through the 170m long Oxenbridge tunnel. It is a requirement that participants be able to swim on this river.

The drive to the start of Shotover River rafting trip is via Skippers Canyon which is an experience in itself. The narrow dirt track road hugs the sheer cliffs of the canyon and gives spectacular views over the river you will be rafting.

minimum 13 y/o
Starting time: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm,
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
Offer Description

This activity will last 4.5 hours.

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
  • Transfer to Deep Creek via Skippers Canyon Road
  • Hot showers and sauna
  • Transfer to and from downtown Queenstown
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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