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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

Highlights
  • 4.5-hour rafting and sightseeing trip down Skippers Canyon in Queenstown
  • Travel through Skippers Canyon and gain insight into the region’s gold-mining history
  • Navigate the Shotover River’s grade I and II rapids by raft with a guide
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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip
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We are specialists in soft adventure trips rafting the gentle upper reaches of the famous Shotover River. Suitable for everyone from 3 years old. Water confidence is not necessary!
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Morning Rafting Trip
We are specialists in soft adventure trips rafting the gentle upper reaches of the famous Shotover River. Suitable for everyone from 3 years old. Water confidence is not necessary!
From US$138.38
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Overview
Enjoy wet and wild adventure in Skippers Canyon on this 4.5-hour Queenstown rafting and sightseeing adventure. Take a scenic drive into Skippers Canyon as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich gold-mining heritage. On arrival at base, strap into your safety kit and paddle onto the Shotover River’s swirling Class I and II rapids. During your descent, tackle the river’s swirling twists and turns with a guide and enjoy sweeping views over New Zealand’s beautiful countryside. Then, finish your adventure with a swim or a rock-jump.
What to Expect
Meet at a shop in central Queenstown and shuttle to the rafting base to kick off this family-friendly adventure through Skippers Canyon. The scenic drive boasts astounding views of the area, which is jam-packed with history and gold-mining relics. Your guide will enthrall you with tales from the region's fascinating past.

Once you're provided with specialized rafting gear to keep warm and safe, take to the water at a put-in point near a pipeline built in 1864. You may recognize the surrounding landscape of the 'Ford of Bruinen' from The Lord of the Rings.

The 1- to 1.5-hour trip takes you floating down a gentle grade of mild Class I and II rapids, including time for a swim or rock-jump into the Shotover River. Back on shore, you'll return to central Queenstown where your half-day tour concludes.
Reviews (125)
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Wild wild Wet

This trip was by far my favourite part of my whole holiday! Mind you, I'm saying this after coming from seeing breathtaking glaciers and streaming waterfalls. So we took a 45 minute van ride to the "changing house" for us to change into wetsuits. The...More

1  Thank LowB57
Reviewed 1 week ago
Entertaining, Informative and Loads of Fun for the family.

My family participated in the Family Rafting organised by Family Adventures. We were led by Mark, Simon and two ladies (my apologies for not getting their names...) Positives: - They are extremely friendly and helpful from the first point of contact till the end of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KevinKSY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great rafting for beginners/families

We had a great day out rafting, the surrounding scenery is spectacular and the guides were full of useful information about the history of mining on the river. This tour is ideal if you have children or are new to rafting as the rapids are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Andy C
ZQNJedi, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks again for coming out with us!

Reviewed 27 April 2018
So much fun with top notch professionals

We decided that with the great reviews and expertise of this team to try taking our family (including two young children) and we had so much fun. The drive out to put in the raft was made fun by interesting facts provided by Mark and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Wanderlust34212
ZQNJedi, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Awesome to hear - thanks again for using us :-)

Reviewed 23 February 2018
Awesome!

We went at the end of January, and even though water levels were low we had an amazing time. Jordan and the team were great, and they took awesome photos along the way! Going through and learning about the history in Skippers Canyon was very...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank unas100
ZQNJedi, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Cool! Thanks for taking the time to post feedback. Love the fact that multi generations came out with us!

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