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Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting
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Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting

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Ages 13-99, max of 18 per group
Duration: 4h 30m
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  • 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
What's not included
  • Food and drinks


Start:
  • 37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please check-in at least 20 minutes prior to your trip departure.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3342P27

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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
    • 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 18 travellers

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

    How much is Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting?
    Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting price starts from $310.96. Discover and book Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting on Tripadvisor
    What is the Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting cancellation policy?
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 4h 30m. Discover and book Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting 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: 3342P27

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    • RealNZ
      266
      Queenstown, New Zealand
      Joined in February 2010
    • DerekS846
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thrilling
      We did the jet boating and rafting combo as a family of 4, 2 of us in our 60s and two in 30s. Jet boating was such a thrill ride from the lake down river to our rafting point. Lots of thrilling spins etc. Rafting was great fun with 3-4 white water stretches and lots of opportunities for swimming, rock jumping and some fun on the boat. For the “oldies” no pressure to do anything we were uncomfortable with, for youngsters you can be as daring as you wish. We all had a great time… exhausted at the end!! The Real NZ team are caring, safety conscious and fun, special mention to Erin who led our boat and was so full of energy and fun while also looking out for us.
      Written 25 February 2024
    • EGCPerth
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing!!!!
      AMAZING!!! We had an absolute ball on this tour. The staff were all so professional, instructions were clear, they were fun and inspired confidence for our first time jet boating and rafting. The jet boat was so exciting and then the rafting (which I was a bit nervous about) was absolutely amazing! Morgan, Benji and Jacob took us on the ride of our lives - I wasn't expecting to be able to jump off and float down the river and also do a little rock jumping, so that was an added bonus. We all managed to stay in the boat when we need to! Such a fabulous morning, one I will always remember. I would highly recommend Real NZ for this experience!
      Written 22 February 2024
    • Relax02866589774
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Afternoon
      Amazing trip. Morgan and Benje were fantastic guides. Great balance of rapids and calm sections to enjoy the scenery. Would highly recommend!
      Written 22 February 2024
    • Experience821453
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome Jet Boat and Rafting trip
      Extremely fun jet boat and river raft experience with super fun, exceptionally skilled river raft guides. Exciting and fun but also safe and reasonably comfortable.
      Written 21 February 2024
    • staceyhV3136AM
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exhilarating!
      Our jet boat ride was exhilarating, and we had so much fun. Our driver knew the river well as we felt safe even through the "close calls" and 360° turns. The scenery during the river rafting portion was stunning, and our guide's safety instructions made us feel secure in our rowing responsibilities. I highly recommend this adventure!
      Written 18 February 2024
    • colly151
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience From start to finish
      Me and my partner booked on the night before the rafting trip. The whole experience was fantastic. I had never been rafting and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff from start to finish did such an amazing job making jokes being funny and putting in maximum effort to make everyone feel welcome. They made sure everyone was up to date with the safety rules and it was a very professional experience in that sense. Onto the actual river! Guy was our rafting chief as we will call him. He was very fun taught us everything we needed to know got us all working as a team. And insured the safety of the older couple that joined us on the raft so this is suitable for all ages. Guy let us know when we could jump out and swim for a bit we stopped at a little area to do a few jumps into the river. Very fun. They captured some photos of the trip alright quality considering they were taken from a go pro on a kayak on the river. I think it would have been nice if we could have got a video going though the rapids but I'm certainly not complaining. The picture got sent to us free after the rafting that was a bonus. Definitely recommend for beginners I will be trying the shotover river next time for a bit more of a challenge. Thank you for a great experience.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • 601Sally58
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Such a fun experience
      A really fun experience - we felt very well looked after by Matthew (ages ranged from us mid/late 60s to little ones) and he made the experience great for all of us. Some exciting 360 degrees spins and exhilaratingly fast. A little bumpy on my old back but would not have missed this exoerience. Highly recommended. 😊
      Written 14 February 2024
    • Meghan G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Funtime in the sun!! Great guides and beautiful scenery. Highly recommend doing raft and jet boat combo.Erin fantastic!
      Great trip. Guides fantastic! Do jet boat and rafting for best experience! To decrease shuttle time meet at river. Thanks
      Written 13 February 2024
    • paulalE8771LQ
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great guides, calm river
      Great guides, excellent safety briefing. The river is pretty calm so the experience is quite gentle rather than exciting.
      Written 9 February 2024
    • jonathanmiller23
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience! Must do in Queenstown
      The guides were great, friendly, warm, funny and extremely knowledgeable. The rapids were great fun, lots of fast water and some incredible adrenaline highs!
      Written 3 February 2024
    • doylemaxine
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A brilliant experience
      A brilliant day on the Jet Boat from Queenstown then rafting with super friendly and professional guides who made our day memorable, fun and made us feel very safe. A 5* experience thank you
      Written 29 January 2024
    • gary p
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful Scenery/ wonderful guides
      Scenery is stunning through dramatic gorge. But the guides, (shout out to KC) were epic. Well worth the $$’s and epic memories
      Written 28 January 2024
    • Imapepper79
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely Incredible - Must Do!
      We did this tour at the end of our 3 week trip in NZ. What a way to go home! This is a well organized , safe, very fun 1/2 day. And it's the guides that really make it a special memory! KC was very safe and clear on directions but so fun and humorous that I had a stomach ache from laughing so hard. We have rafted several times but the safety talk was the best ever! The Kawarau river is very beautiful and we saw a bunge jumper dip their head right in front of us! Don't miss this one! Thanks KC for the wonderful experience! Your friends from Idaho!
      Written 28 January 2024
    • michael m
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun bumps.
      This was a well done tour, boat was fun and great shape, felt very safe even though going at high speeds. The only negative is I am 70 years old and there was lots of turbulence on the water which caused some hard bumps that I think affect the older body a bit more than young ones. While I had a good time I am not sure I would go again uncles the water was very calm.
      Written 27 January 2024
    • hp_greencyclist
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best white water rafting experience
      Really enjoyed the white water rafting experience. This service is run very professionally. I’ve been to similar activities in other countries and I can say it’s not this organized. There is briefing before the rafting. Everyone is professional, paddy about their job and funny at the same time. There is a whole set up. You pick up water shoes, wetsuits, jacket, life vest, helmet and follow the arrows to know where to go change. After the rafting, one can take a quick warm shower before boarding the bus to town. There is a brewery right next door. This is premium service.
      Written 25 January 2024
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles102 reviews
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    CheshireNess
    Oxfordshire, UK11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were a group of 9; 3 of us had done a lot of rafting and we brought our 6 novice teenagers. It was a fabulous experience for all of us. The operation is extremely slick at getting everyone kitted up so there was little waiting around. The drive through Skipper’s Canyon is spectacular, if nail biting and once afloat, the river flows through a stunningly beautiful canyon with an exciting range of rapids. The guides were extremely professional, knowledgeable and fun. All of us would highly recommend RealNZ Shotover rafting.
    Written 25 December 2022
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    It was a pleasure having you all on the trip! You smashed the river like champions.
    Written 10 January 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    1800fordey
    Adelaide, Australia33 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very well run and spectacular scenery, but disappointingly low on adrenaline. For $299 pp we wanted more.

    The bus ride through Skippers Canyon was a surprising highlight, with fun facts, amazing vistas and friendly banter from the guide. The briefing and equipment were all very sound, and we never felt unsafe. There were 9 rafts on our trip, and the weather could not have been better: 24deg, blue sky and a light breeze. The river was up from recent heavy rain, and perhaps that was the biggest factor in our disappointment, as the rapids were few and far between, and despite the hype and/or over explanations from the slightly green guide, they were over fast and with minimal fuss or risk of falling out. The grades of the rapids must be very subjective? I thought we would be exhausted by the end, but again perhaps the high flow meant we didn’t actually need to do much paddling, and there weren’t many aching muscles by the time we put the rafts back on the trailers (yes, you do some of the work, including washing your own wetsuits and booties despite the eye watering ticket price).

    I get there’s a lot of cost in running these trips, and I was willing to depart with over a thousand dollars for the promise of thrills, but given the choice I’d save my money next time for something more exciting than a pleasant float down the river. I’m not saying don’t do it - just know what you’re getting (and not getting).
    Written 24 January 2024
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    Jaroslav Nečas
    Brno, Czech Republic1,415 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Claire C
    Sydney, Australia2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    The white water rafting trip was really fun! Our guide Benji was very experienced and guided us very well with the rafting as well as made sure we had fun. However, I do hope that the tour company and the local authorities will do something to make the skippers canyon road safer for all the tourists. The skippers canyon road is the only road access to the starting point for rafting. It is very narrow with loose rocks on the edge( without enforcement) along very steep cliffs. If left unrepaired, it is an accident waiting to happen. I hope more tourists will advocate for the local authorities to fix this road as more tourists are coming to enjoy this river.
    Written 7 January 2024
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    Lekiam21
    Dorst, The Netherlands8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Departure09287091732
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    This trip gets one star purely for the focus on safety✨

    In fact, it’s so focused on it that they don’t do much else.

    For the heinous price-tag of 299 NZD, we only got one actually 5 second segment of excitement at the “Oh sh*t” rapids. The rest of the trip, we were trying to hold back our yawns. The pathetic drop available is underwhelming and the speed of the rapids is comically slow 🥱

    Compared to other white-water rafting experiences overseas and even the one in North Island’s Rotorua, it’s downright LAUGHABLE to consider this whitewater rafting.

    What made it worse was that throughout the entire trip, our guide, Guy, was laser-focused on safety. As a result, the fun factor of the trip took the backseat. Other groups’ guides tried to add to the thrill by capsizing their boats, allowing them to swim twice in the river, etc.

    There’s an acceptable threshold to which you can be focused on safety, but this company makes it feel tremendously overbearing.

    My advice? Take your 299 New Zealand dollars elsewhere 😙😙
    Written 13 January 2024
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    Jacqui606
    Petersfield, UK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    This was one of our favourite experiences in New Zealand. The road to the boat was an experience in itself, the white water rafting was incredible. We had so much fun and the scenery was spectacular. Riley (our guide) was the best (in our opinion) and was informative, encouraging and very experienced to guide us safely through the challenging rapids.
    Written 17 February 2024
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    Madamchiro
    Vermont, Australia94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My teenagers were packing their dacks when they were told this is a grade 4/5 rapid run. Did they have fun-yes! Did they feel unsafe or scared once the activity got underway-no! This tour/activity is a well oiled machine, they know their stuff and know how to run an awesome activity. Many thanks lass’ and lads!
    Written 5 December 2022
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    You're making us blush! Thank you for trusting us with the kiddos on the Shotover River. We're stoked to hear they had an epic time.
    Written 14 December 2022
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    Antonia S
    Perth, Australia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    The Go Orange White Water Rafting experience was fantastic. The drive out was commentated hilariously by Guy (this helped to make the ride a little less scary as there are certainly some heart stopping moments on that road) and the actual rafting experience was AMAZING! Kennan was an excellent guide who made sure we were well taken care of but also had lots of fun. I honestly could not recommend this trip highly enough!
    Written 23 January 2020
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    Thank you so much for your recommendation, sounds like you had a great time all round, the road is definitely a adventure on its own :)
    Written 4 March 2020
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    Abi G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a brilliant time white water rafting down Shotover river. The guides had great energy, were very competent and had good safety plans in place in case someone fell in which no one did. Got to opt to get in and float along the river for a bit which we did to cool off which was fun.
    We hadn’t been rafting before and felt very comfortable in their hands. The travel across was well organised and the kit supplied was plenty warm.
    Written 7 December 2023
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