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Family Adventures Rafting and Sightseeing Trip in Queenstown
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Family Adventures Rafting and Sightseeing Trip in Queenstown

By Family Adventures
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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Ages 3-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 5h
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Live guide: English
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  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Specialized river rafting equipment
  • Qualified rafting guide
  • Transport to rafting base
  • All activities
  • Snacks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • Marmolada Cafe, 43 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    The Station building bus stop, corner of Shotover Street and Camp street. We meet 10mins before the start time.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7345P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Bring a swimsuit and towel
    • Member of the NZ Rafting Association
    • Qualmark accredited
    • TripAdvisor Excellence rating for 12 straight seasons
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7345P1

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    • Family Adventures
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      Queenstown, New Zealand
      Joined in December 2009
    • Far2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family fun rafting experience
      Staff was amazing! Very easy to talk to, knowledgeable about the area and made the trip easy and fun with our 4yo. Would definitely recommend to families. The drive into the canyon is beautiful but a bit scary just an fyi
      Written 5 February 2024
    • household2024
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome rafting fun
      Great fun for all the family - my 7yr old loved every minute. Gentle rapids, feels safe but fun. (Over 13’s may prefer the faster rapids!) Our guides were great and very friendly. Thanks for some brilliant memories!
      Written 29 January 2024
    • heloisehumbert1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      perfect for family
      we were very lucky and enjoyed our private tour, with all the program as we were a whole group. Everything was very well planned and prepared.
      Written 15 January 2024
    • taniasam2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So much fun and beautiful country. Thanks team!
      So much fun and beautiful country! Thanks to your friendly team. Very interesting gold mining history as well.
      Written 14 January 2024
    • swapnil s
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Amazing experience, Simon excels as an off-road driver, making the experience truly amazing. Mark, an excellent guide, adds entertainment with his humor and a constant cheerful demeanor. Their ever-present smiling faces make it a highly recommended activity for families.
      Written 9 January 2024
    • sawada2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      family water rafting
      This activity was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. It was great that white water rafting was made available to young children and people who didn't want too much of a thrill but still wanted to have fun. The guide was friendly and kept us entertained.
      Written 8 January 2024
    • Nick M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant with small kids
      Great trip with fantastic guides. Absolutely brilliant with small kids (ours 4&5). Well equipped and absolutely safe for everyone.
      Written 6 January 2024
    • 94lite
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Energetic service
      Very experienced. Second time going and wasn't disappointed. The service is great and what makes the experience more enjoyable. Highly recommend for people wanting to have some fun woth tgeir friends in Queenstown
      Written 5 January 2024
    • TravelProjects
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip with the family, one of the best experience I had in Queenstown!
      Had a great experience with Family Adventures! Rafted with my 5- and 9-year-old, my wife and my mum who was over 60 years who had never rafted before. The trip was safe, fun and informative - would highly recommend for families and first time adventurers! The drive in is amazing however if you are prone to a little motion sickness, would suggest taking kwells or wrist bands.
      Written 5 January 2024
    • WanakaJules
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip and experience
      We spent a fabulous afternoon on the Shotover river up Skippers Canyon thanks to Family Adventures. Our crew of 10 (extended family) had great fun in and on the water, with two other rafts of similarly-minded families. The rock jump was a highlight for all.
      Written 29 December 2023
    • Pam K
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family Rafting in the Skippers, Queenstown. NZ
      We were a family of 10 covering 3 generations, aged from 74 down to 11 years old. The entire trip lasted 6 hours. The first part was in a bus into the 'Skippers' along a very narrow road, round steep mountains and above sheer drops into valleys. We had complete faith in the driver. An excellent commentary on the gold mining history of the area was given by one of the rafting guides in the bus. Forty-five minutes into the trip we arrived at our destination and changed into the wetsuits and gear. A superb safety talk with enough humour amongst the serious bits. Our group fitted into one raft and there were two other rafts on the trip as well. Then we were off. Our guide told us when to paddle and when to stop . There were no mishaps but so much fun. Highlight was jumping off the rocks, but lots more fun activities as well. An absolutely fabulous experience with well-trained guides in a very beautiful but isolated part of the country. The only very minor downside was that our guide was also the main photographer, and we perhaps did not get as many photos of the fun times in our boat, as we could have.
      Written 28 December 2023
    • Getaway1510038563344
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great activity with amazing staffs
      Friendly staffs accommodated needs for us all 3 generations. Long drive to get to the site but the good jokes kept the journey interesting the whole time : )
      Written 28 December 2023
    • MrsBanks79
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Just book it! Great day out x
      Fab afternoon, looked after by Mark, Fletch, Holly & Simon! Great rafting experience in the most amazing scenery. Highly recommend 😝
      Written 27 December 2023
    • N9786HGmark
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Fun !
      We had a great time on the afternoon session; thrilling drive in & entertaining info along the way (Thanks Fletch!). We all enjoyed the rafting, river swims & rock jumps. The whole family enjoyed it heaps !
      Written 27 December 2023
    • Navigator16080250759
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good family trip
      Our guide Simon is quite knowledgeable and humorous. View on the way was quite challenging but amazing. This is entry level rafting that suitable to everyone.
      Written 12 December 2023
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    Ailsa L
    Auckland Central, New Zealand19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the trip with Simon and Holly on 23 December this year. It was firmly the favourite trip of our week long stay in Queenstown with all the family including 2 boys age 8 and 10. It was fun from start to finish. Our guide Simon and Holly were hilarious with non stop jokes along the way to the rafts and also heaps of information about the miners and the area throughout the afternoon.

    It’s a perfect beginners raft trip and includes a fun stop to jump off rocks into the water half way through.

    We would recommend for any family wanting to do something fun and interesting and a new experience.
    Written 27 December 2020
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    Thank you for your kind review, we loved the new Dad jokes and have been using them since. :) It was a pleasure having you and your family on the trip!
    Written 28 December 2020
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    Jay
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021 • Family
    We had an awesome trip with Simon and Holly. It was the perfect way to introduce our two girls to a little bit of adventure (4 & 7). Holly did a great job of navigating the road and Simon was the perfect guide for the rafting. The girls loved the rapids, and getting to swim in the river. The highlight for our 7 year old was getting to jump off “the biggest rock ever” and float down the river, even our youngest gave it a go. Beautiful scenery and Simon took some lovely photos for us.
    If you’re worried about the kids getting too cold- don’t be. The gear is great and as soon as you get back in the van the heaters are on full blast. This trip was the highlight of our visit to Queenstown- we’ll be back when it has been raining lots to have an even bigger adventure.
    Written 6 April 2021
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    Happy to hear that your girls had a blast, the rock jump is always a favourite! :)
    Written 24 November 2021
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    Nicholas B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a family rafting trip with our two children aged 9 and 12. It was the first time we had done white water rafting as a family so expected a quick jaunt on the water and that’s about it. However, the experience was a lot more than this with an informative tour of skippers canyon and a 7km trip along the river. What made this 5 stars for us was how friendly the staff were and how they kept us entertained throughout the trip. They made it fun for the kids and talked at their level. The rafting was exciting but also safe and they were completely professional and absolutely knew what they were doing. We all came away thoroughly enjoying the experience and can’t recommend it enough. Thanks guys!
    Written 8 January 2022
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    Thank you so much for your awesome review! As you say, its an experience as well as rafting so we are stoked to hear you all had an awesome time :)
    Written 10 January 2022
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    LeHO772
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020
    We were nervous about our first rafting. However, I was able to have a good time because the staff made me feel better with jokes and told me about history. I was happy even on my way there because you drove safely on the way that looked dangerous. Thank you for being considerate of enjoying nature safely when rafting and so that we can leave memories. The first rafting was completely enjoyable thanks to the staff. I wanted to do it again next time. The joy and grateful memories of Christmas Eve will last forever. We wish them good health and happiness.
    Written 28 December 2020
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    So happy to hear that you enjoyed your first rafting experience. We hope you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all the Family Adventures team. :)
    Written 2 January 2021
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    Lydia
    Sunnynook, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021 • Family
    We had a fantastic experience with Holly and Simon. Holly was bright and bubbly. She was very engaging throughout the initial drive and the white water rafting. She took everything in her stride and provided an excellent all round experience. Simon picked us up from our accommodation and drove us up to and back from the white water rafting. He expertly navigated the steep tight roads that I was especially glad not to be driving when we had to pass other cars! They provided some interesting historical information on the way up, and water and nibbles before and after the rafting. All in all they did a fabulous job and we would highly recommend them :)
    Written 5 April 2021
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    Thanks for your kind review, we love Holly too and we are glad to report she is back for the upcoming 2021/22 season!
    Written 24 November 2021
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    40keen
    Sydney, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Solo
    My first rafting experience and this was a great introduction on easy rapids, the bus ride along the gravel road was more bumpy!
    The guides were great. Simon was our very experienced bus driver who carefully navigated the bus along the long narrow steep ‘road’, Holly kept us entertained with information and the views were amazing. Holly was my raft guide, she was fabulous at guiding our rafting team and made sure we were kept safe. Being in my 50’s I was a bit unsure about booking a rafting trip as I’m not big on adventure but this trip has given me the confidence to move up to grade 3 rapids. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to give rafting a go at a beginner level. Plus the cookie at the end was a great reward for completing the raft. Thank you Holly, Simon and the Family Adventurers Team.
    Written 6 January 2024
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    We are so happy you chose to come with us on your first rafting experience, you were awesome! Thanks for the kind review and good luck on your next rafting adventure!
    Written 6 February 2024
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    Damian Reid
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2021
    The ride in was an adventure in itself but we were made to feel safe and in the experts hands at all times. Myself and my 10 yr old son, my 12 yr old daughter were looked after expertly and it was their 1st time rafting and it could not have gone better. The guides were amazing and my kids will never forget this experience. Thank you all from us
    Written 15 January 2021
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    Thank you so much for your kind review, we love our first time rafters!! :)
    Written 18 January 2021
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    Go737919
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    My family was in Queenstown last week. We went horseback riding, did the Ecotour zip line, the luge, and the hydro shark attack. The rafting by far was our favorite. Our group ranged in age from 8 - 79. Everyone had a great time. Simon and Carolina are awesome and we are grateful for the pictures they took during the trip. The photo stick available for purchase after the trip is a bargain at $39.
    Written 24 February 2020
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    Thats awesome to hear as they are all great activities. Thanks heaps!! :)
    Written 25 February 2020
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    UP212
    Hong Kong, China14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Family
    Our family have a great fun white water rafting trip with Family Adventures. The host Holly and Simon are lovely, professional and also have a sense of humor. We had a morning session with another family from the U.S. so we have 8 people in our group which is perfect. We have 2 kids of 10 and 6 years old and this is the first time they had white water rafting. They enjoyed it a lot and the view of the trip for both road and rafting trip is simple gorgeous and breathe taking. Totally agree with what Holly said that Simon got the 5th grade skill on driving as the road is so tough and Simon could handle it very well. We had a very safe trip and thanks a lot to Simon and Holly. We also purchased the trip photos from them as we don’t wanna drop of cell phone to the water and lose it! So we do find it worth to purchase the photos too! I have a very memorable trip with my kids. I would recommend family with younger kids to join this safe and fun water rafting as Family Adventures provide such cool trip for little kids as well. If my 6 yrs old can’t join, we will scape rafting in Queenstown as no one could help us to look after him.
    Written 20 February 2024
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    Angela R
    Brisbane, Australia776 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took Mr 8 and Miss 9 to Family adventures for a morning rafting trip. We could not recommend this activity more, it is perfect for all family members. Simon and Holly were brilliant guides and made the trip informative and fun.

    We learnt a lot about the history of the Queenstown gold mining on the trip out to Shotover Canyon. I would highly recommend purchasing the photo package as they captured some amazing shots throughout the rafting trip.

    The rafting is great for all ages and the guides are great at telling you what to do and when. Prepare to get wet and I recommend getting in the water when you can, especially the jump!
    Written 20 January 2020
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    Thank you for your kind review, we DEFINITELY recommend getting in the water! ;)
    Written 21 January 2020
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