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Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting provided by Go Orange Rafting

Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting

Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting
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Last updated: 14 Aug 2020
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Government regulations strictly adhered to. Covid-19 QR code available, or paper-trail for contact tracing.
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
About
Join Go Orange on the iconic Shotover River for a whitewater rapid adventure. Our world class guides are second to none, always going the extra mile to make your trip one to remember forever. Start with an unforgettable coach trip through Skippers Canyon, famous for it's exciting cliff edges, enough to get your adrenaline pumping before we hit the water. Experience grade 3–5 whitewater rapids in one of the most scenic environments in the world. The rapids can change on a daily basis, but be assured our guides are expertly trained and have a keen sense of adventure. They will guide you through canyons, navigate the rapids and the famous 170m Oxenbridge tunnel to finish.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
After meeting the coach driver, you will travel the short distance from town to Rafting Base where rafting clothing including wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket and helmet will be issued. Then enjoy a 40 minute journey along the historic Skippers Road begins, which is one of the Top 10 most dangerous roads in NZ. The upper section of the Shotover River gives you time to practice your paddle techniques before hitting the white water of the lower canyon. Paddle numerous rapids such as After Shock, Jaws, Toilet and Sequel during the 1.45 - 2 hrs of river time. You are then plunged into darkness as you negotiate the 170m long Oxenbridge Tunnel before bursting into Cascade Rapid to complete the adventure. A short walk brings you back to Rafting Base where there are hot showers prior to a return transfer to Queenstown.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3342P27
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Shuttle bus from our Queenstown store to the Rafting Base • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and all safety equipment • Extensive safety briefing • 4WD Transfer to Deep Creek via Skippers Canyon Road • Rafting on the Shotover River • Hot showers at Rafting Base • Return shuttle to downtown Queenstown
Exclusions
Food and drinks
Duration
4h 30m
Departure details
37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please check-in at least 20 minutes prior to your trip departure.
Inclusions
Shuttle bus from our Queenstown store to the Rafting Base • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and all safety equipment • Extensive safety briefing • 4WD Transfer to Deep Creek via Skippers Canyon Road • Rafting on the Shotover River • Hot showers at Rafting Base • Return shuttle to downtown Queenstown
Exclusions
Food and drinks
Departure details
37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please check-in at least 20 minutes prior to your trip departure.
Duration
4h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Water confidence is essential
Rafting while pregnant is prohibited
Rafting with any heart condition is prohibited
Minimum weight 40kg
Maximum weight 120kg
Minimum age is 13 years. Children aged between 13 and 15 years must be accompanied by a guardian
All travelers between the age of 16 and 17 years require a waiver to be signed by a guardian if they are unaccompanied
You must bring a swimsuit and towel
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
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 21 travellers
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Carolyn R
Hamilton, New Zealand15 contributions
So much fun!
Mar 2021
We were lucky enough to be the last boat of the season!
Our guide was brilliant, super knowledgeable and made the trip much more enjoyable.
The river was quite low, so the rapids weren't as challenging as we expected so we will definitely be back when the river is higher and flowing faster! Apparently spring time is best, once the snow is melting - more water equals better rapids!
Not gonna lie, the water is freezing but you're protected from the cold with all the layers of wetsuits. And you can drink the water straight out of the river!
Do the cliff jumping if you get a chance.
Lots of laughs with a great bunch of people.
Written 28 March 2021
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Bethany van der Sar
1 contribution
Banger afternoon
Jan 2021 • Friends
Absolutely mint time. Had the *most* handsome instructor too. If you’re not reasonably confident in water I would recommend avoiding, time moves very slowly if you go underwater so if you’re gonna panic you won’t have a good time. Got my adrenaline going more than skydiving.
Written 18 January 2021
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Jaroslav Nečas
Brno, Czech Republic916 contributions
Disappointing
Dec 2019
Most adventurous part of the trip was the way to the river through narrow unsolid rocky way. Also river basin in valley is really wonderful.
Regarding the rafting experience, boring for most of the time just flowing on the river, my adrenaline went up exactly 6 times when we reach the rapids lasting each time for approximatelly minute.
Guide was overly safety oriented repeatedly mentioning what could happen when we get out of the raft.
Overall I was pretty disappointed comparing this experience to my previous ones from different continents.
Written 25 November 2020
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Elssyteo
Singapore, Singapore263 contributions
Exhilarating & memorable experience!
Feb 2020
We took the white water rafting and it was THE BEST experience ever!

Our guide was humorous and entertaining, guided us and we manoeuvred through the rapids without capsizing, so he told us to jump into the water to enjoy the white water that's cold but refreshing.

Definitely recommend this amazing experience to the adventurous!
Written 11 July 2020
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Lekiam21
Dorst, The Netherlands4 contributions
Living on the edge
Mar 2020 • Couples
Very cool activity, exciting from the way up to the way down. Good raft, wonderful surroundings, smooth and relaxed organised. Worth the money, takes about 4-4,5 hours! The vibe with the staff is very good to 👌💪 only thing that was to bad is the costs of getting the foto’s but that seems to be normal nowadays
Written 4 March 2020
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Stef B
London, UK58 contributions
Great fun morning rafting
Go Orange rafting was a great activity from Queenstown and way to see the Shotover River canyon. I was feeling apprehensive but the Go Orange guys are such good fun it made me feel relaxed before we started. You get fully kitted up and a safety briefing before you start, the rafting guide also teaches you how to paddle and the different instructions for the rapids along the way. Harry our guide was really funny but professional so we felt very well looked after. He let us know what was coming up along the river and what we needed to do so nothing was a surprise. Really enjoyed this activity and would recommend!
Written 27 February 2020
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Chloe H
4 contributions
Amazing, energetic!
Feb 2020 • Friends
Recommend rafting 100%, the drive is scary as hell but epic all the same! Rafting instructions were so good and easily followed. Get Jonesy as tour guide and you’re winning - well worth the money!
Written 26 February 2020
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Wanderlustlegs
London, UK16 contributions
Great fun
White water rafting on the Shotover River was great fun! I was apprehensive beforehand and we were a group of mixed fitness/adventure levels, but our instructor made us feel very safe. I would recommend it :)

Also, a huge shout out to Elliot B who went above and beyond to return an item to me that I left behind at the rafting centre. I really appreciate it. Absolute top customer service, thank you!
Written 18 February 2020
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Fern
Exeter, UK52 contributions
Hours of fun in safe capable hands!
I booked the white water rafting for my partners 30th birthday, he was super excited for weeks and these guys totally lived up to our expectations! At first you feel like you’re signing your life away with the waiver at the depot/shop but we felt completely safe the whole time - we even hopped out of the rafts ourselves and floated down on our backs a couple times, the water was crystal clear blue.
The drive through the Skippers canyon terrified me but my partner loved it, Harry (safety kayaker) gave us great info and had us all laughing the whole way. We only had four of us in our boat alongside our guide, I want to say his name was Yuba? from Nepal. He was great at teaching us the commands before we tackled the rapids, he was very friendly, interesting and had a great sense of humour - we felt totally safe in his hands. Unfortunately the river was running quite low on the day- 12 cubic something? Can’t remember the term! Anyway, would love to try this again if the river was running higher! Thanks for such a great rememberable day :)

Written 12 February 2020
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So happy to hear we meet all your expectations, the water is truly amazing, we would love to have you back :) Happy travels
Written 4 March 2020
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Noelle W
2 contributions
Brilliant! Ask for Jasper as your instructor!
We had Jasper as our instructor and he was excellent. Was on a raft full of beginners and he was patient and enthusiastic in teaching us the instructions and telling us about the area. Would definitely recommend doing this if you’re in Queenstown!
Written 10 February 2020
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Thanks so much for your recommendation,, hope you enjoy the rest of your travels :)
Written 4 March 2020
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By: Go Orange Rafting
Emsigningin
Emsigningin
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Absolute MUST Do!!
Our rafting experience was amazing - drifting on the Shotover through the stunning Skippers Canyon and flying throu
walterohell
walterohell
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Second visit even better
I did this trip back in January 2020 as an introduction to rafting and went back this time with my girlfriend for s
LCJ2412
LCJ2412
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Amazing fun!
We saw a locals deal for the whitewater rafting and jet boat and couldn't say no to the price but to be honest I'd
Naughty-north
Naughty-north
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Best thing we did.
The staff are wicked, and easy to talk to and get along with. Best thing we did in queenstown by miles! Will 110% b
Safari485315
Safari485315
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Don't Mess out on this Adventure!
WOW! What an amazing time & team. I was honestly so nervous and scared to do the Rafting on the Kawarau River that
rickalexwestoby
rickalexwestoby
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Well for family bonding the way to go - a must not to be missed or you have missed Queenstown.
Great South African(ICOR - I think)coxswain who made us all at ease with our antic before the rapids. Family were h
jmckie
jmckie
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Nice staff and scenery but lame rapids right now
If you are a beginner this is a nice gentle intro to rafting. But if you want adrenaline or an exciting raft experi
967dilipd
967dilipd
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Go Orange Rafting
Great! We thoroughly enjoyed it! Highly recommend it. Emphasized Safety. The rapids were small in nature but nevert
HollyB2449
HollyB2449
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The jet boats fun, the rafting is epic
Thanks for the amazing tour, I enjoyed the jet boating but the rafting was definately the highlight, would loved to
DenysA51
DenysA51
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Amazing experience and great staff!
This was probably my favorite activity while in Queenstown. Its is extremely well organized, the staff is very well
Hayleycoolbeans
Hayleycoolbeans
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Most beautiful rafting trip🌊
Wow what a epic trip. I loved the jetboat ride and the rafting was sooo good!! The Scenery was amazing and so beaut
VeloVerde62
VeloVerde62
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Great Time - Excellent Adventure.
We did the early afternoon rafting yesterday and really enjoyed ourselves. Very, very organized and knowledgeable
951ellah
951ellah
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Hard work but really fun!
Absolutely loved the rafting trip. Stunning views inside the canyon, beautiful clear water and some awesome rapids.
Astasaede
Astasaede
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Fun activity
Rafting on beautiful Kawarau river was a great experience, well organized and the guides were professional. I can d
Sheena40
Sheena40
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Perfect first time rafting experience
We have never done rafting before - this was an excellent way to start. Our youngest is 13 and we were fine. Staff
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