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Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown
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Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

By Challenge Rafting
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About

Ages 13-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • White water rafting down the Shotover River
  • Safety briefing, professional guides
  • All necessary equipment- wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet
  • Courtesy coach transfers from centrally located meeting point
  • Hot showers
  • Bus Ride through Skippers Canyon
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • 37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Check in at Real NZ Shop, 37 Camp St, Queenstown, where we will transfer you to our raft base via complimentary bus, otherwise if you would prefer to self drive to our Raft Base, 1 Arthurs Point Rd, Arthurs Point, please advise us and we can update your booking accordingly.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair 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: 30019P1

    • It is essential that all parties are confident swimmers and comfortable in deep water.
    • Weight restrictions - Under 40 kg (88lbs) and over 120kg (264lbs) will not be permitted to participate. (weighing maybe required upon check-in).
    • Minimum age - 13 years - Children aged between 13 and 15 years must be accompanied by a guardian
    • If a traveller wishes to discontinue with the rafting experience during the trip, the traveller is liable for all costs associated with removing them from the river. This term is void if a medical or natural emergency arises and evacuation is required.
    • If you are pregnant you cannot participate on this experience and if you do so without notifying the Raft Guides guides of your conditions you do so at your own risk
    • Under 18 years - Guardian conditions apply.
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Suitable for water competent people of moderate fitness.
    • People with a heart condition or taking heart medication are unable to participate.
    • Trips are weather, river level and/or water temperature dependent.
    • 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 15 travellers

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

    How much is Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown?
    Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown price starts from $302.90. Discover and book Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
    What is the Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown cancellation policy?
    Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown?
    Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown is hosted by Challenge Rafting. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Challenge Rafting on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 5h. Discover and book Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown on Tripadvisor

    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: 30019P1

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      The whole team were fantastic! We were quite anxious, no need to be. Our safety was their priority. Guy, thanks for letting us be part of your rafting team, you seriously love your job!
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      Fun experience for everyone
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      Absolutely terrific! We had a ball, felt safe, the scenery was incredible, and it was such a laugh. It’s the best way to see the Kauwarau river.
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      Magic…. And just scary enough!
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    Grizwold13
    Perth, Australia250 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is one of the adventures that Queenstown is renowned for. A great day from start to finish with excellent guides who are knowledgeable, entertaining and most importantly, when the river starts cranking, know what they are doing so you can be assured you are in good hands. You get a chance to travel down some really exciting rapids, take in some awesome scenery and enjoy something that you won’t forget.
    Written 7 November 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Kia Ora, Many thanks for your 5-star review. We really appreciate you taking the time to do so. We are so glad you enjoyed your adventure with our team in Queenstown. We thank you for joining us. We appreciate your support.
    Written 28 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    636garrym
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2021
    What a Fantastic Adventure.
    The trip from Base to Skippers Canyon via road and then the rafting was simply amazing,
    KC was brilliant as a guide.
    He kept us safe and his instructions were very clear and concise.
    The River and the rapids were an adrenalin rush and the tunnel at the end with the final rapid was simply brilliant.
    16 km of pure fun and excitement!
    Written 12 November 2021
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    Thank you for your great review. It certainly is an adrenaline rush out on the Shotover and great fun. Glad you had fun with KC out there.
    Written 15 May 2022
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    AnnaWilliamon
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    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience v good, staff not so great. Communication was very poor (wasn’t clear where to meet / how the logistics would work) and we hung around waiting on the street for half an hour early in the morning with zero communications. No one apologised / took accountability for the fact no one had showed up. The rafting itself is a great experience but that is largely thanks to the river and the scenery - there could have been more from our guide - he talked about where in the world he had rafted for the whole time while another raft were doing drills / more interesting things.
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    Kia Ora Anna, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your feedback and will make sure this isn't the same experience for others in the future. We are glad you were able to enjoy rafting with us. We hope to see you again for an experience with us in the future.
    Written 26 March 2023
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    Tanya
    Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Family
    This experience was one of the highlights of our NZ trip. All the staff were friendly, fun and highly organised. Our guide, Will was incredible. He was friendly and chatty to our kids and us and was very experienced on the water. There was the perfect combination of thrills, spills, and calmer waters.
    The drive to the start of the river was a bit hairy, but our driver Harry navigated it without hesitation, making us all feel very safe.
    Highly recommend.
    Written 1 January 2024
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    Kia Ora, Thank you so much for your wonderful, 5-star review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with our team. Will be sure to pass along your feedback to Will and Harry. We appreciate your recommendation and thank you for joining us on the Shotover River. Kind regards, The Team at Challenge Rafting
    Written 2 January 2024
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    CrazynotKarate
    Pacific Coast Australia, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Friends
    The guide on the bus trip made it very fun, also big ups to the bus driver. The guides were all very knowledgeable and made the whole experience enjoyable! Very thrilling and fun - would definitely recommend this! Had an absolute blast.
    Written 17 January 2024
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    Kia Ora, Thank you for your 5-star review. We love a good adventure and are so happy to share this experience with our customers. Thank you for including us on your Queenstown adventure.
    Written 30 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Charles P
    Orange, CA16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    Excellent and adrenaline rushing event with expert driver (Ben) and jet boat pilot (Lincoln). The drive was somewhat scary as the road was narrow and nothing but gravity on the downhill side, but certainly not as bad as other reviews have made it. The jet boat ridewas exhilarating and we really had a good time i would highly recommend it! Don’t waste your time going on in the boats doing 360s in the lake. Take the shuttle to Skipper’s Canyon and you’ll be very happy with the thrilling experience.
    Written 27 February 2020
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    Mikesalter
    North Yorkshire, UK697 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023
    Went on a jet boat ride followed by white water rafting with this company. Really enjoyed the rafting experience. Our pilot on the boat, Chris I think, was excellent making the trip a really fun experience. We didn’t do Shotover, we did Kawarau river with level 3 rapids and that was certainly fun. Overall great morning and thoroughly recommend this company that were professional in every aspect making what could be a nervous experience a fun one.
    Written 11 February 2023
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    Kia Ora Mike, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a phenomenal review. We really appreciate it. We're glad you enjoyed your day out with Chris. Thank you for joining us. We hope to see you again in the future.
    Written 26 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Papaya
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Solo
    I went on the afternoon of Nov-9, very special experience! While I was in the river and holding on the side rope, waiting to be dragged onto the raft, the boat hit a huge rock and stuck there, causing a strong current which pulled me down, head below water, unable to pull myself out. Choked for a couple secs and realized no one could pull me out, I released the rope, went with the current, passed by the raft above me, and finally floated out of the water, coughing like hell. In less than one sec, the safe guy in black kayak came to me, helped me calm down and get back to the raft. He’s really amazing and professional! Unfortunately I didn’t get his name. I talked with him afterwards that he did so well, he deserved a bonus. (Plz, Challenge Rafting, if you see this review, that safety guy really did an awesome job!) The small accident was a plus! Once in a life time experience ;) I would definitely join the rafting again!
    Written 10 November 2023
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    Kia Ora, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for sharing your rafting adventure. We're so glad you enjoyed yourself and felt safe out with our team. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you out on the water again in the future. Thank you for joining us.
    Written 18 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    awjwtravellers
    Australia38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Got exactly what I wanted out if it. The rapids were fun with a hint of danger. We ended up capsizing and taken by the rapids but the team was professional and got us out the water to safety. Definitely got my adrenaline and fear going at the same time. That’s what I came for.
    Written 22 November 2022
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    Kia Ora, Thanks so very much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. It sounds like you had a lot of fun out with our team. We're glad you felt safe with our crew. Thanks heaps for joining us. We hope to see you again in the future for another adventure.
    Written 28 March 2023
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    Matthew L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a highlight of our holiday. I can’t express how much fun it was. Amazing!!! And our raft leader (Ico I think from memory) was really fun and informative. Even the people on the bus (maybe Josh?) was friendly and funny. Of course the bus ride was scarier than the rafting!
    Written 26 January 2023
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    Kia Ora Matthew, Thanks a ton for taking the time to leave us a glowing review and 5 stars. We are thrilled to be a highlight of your holiday. We're glad you enjoyed your experience with our team. Thank you for joining us.
    Written 26 March 2023
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