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Challenge Rafting

The Station Building | Cnr Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
+64 3-442 7318
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US$159.68*
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Kawarau River Rafting from Queenstown
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US$159.68*
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Half-Day Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown
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US$236.38*
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Helicopter and Shotover River Rafting Combo from Queenstown
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Challenge Rafting operates exciting half-day trips on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers in Queenstown. The Kawarau River is suited to first time rafters or those wanting a taste of rafting and is accessed by vehicle. The Shotover River is accessed by vehicle through the historic Skippers Canyon forged out by goldminers during the big Gold Rush. This road is inaccessible in winter and for this reason Heli-rafting is offered in winter on the Shotover River.
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The Station Building | Cnr Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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Thank Karolyn M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Well, to start with you have the craziest bus drive up a mountain that you probably have or will ever have! There is a turn where the bus needs to have one wheel off the road to make the turn- need I say more?! I...More

Thank Stuartgirl83
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Stuartgirl83! Thank you for taking the time to write this amazing review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip with Sally, Chief and the rest of the crew. We will be sure to pass on your feedback. They will be stoked! They...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017

100% must do in Queenstown, we went on a perfect blue sky day with not a cloud in sight and the water was amazing. Great time of year for it as the river had all of the snow melt pouring in. Sally our guide was...More

Thank victoriafifi
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Victoriafifi! Thank you for taking the time to review Challenge Rafting. We also agree that Sally is amazing and are so glad she made your trip! We will let her know that you enjoyed rafting with her! You are right, it is the best...More

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We had an awesome time rafting with Percy our guide. He was really fun, professional and had loads of information about rafting and the area. I do however think the trip is overpriced compared to other rafting tours in New Zealand.More

Thank Hayley B
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Hi Hayley, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Our guides are passionate about what they do and always aim to give everyone a good experience. Percy will be stoked that he made your trip awesome! Thanks again for choosing to raft...More

Reviewed 24 April 2017

The guides were fun and experienced on the river, and the experience was enjoyable. Mid Autum the river is low so there was a lot of flat water and the rapids were very mild. Will have to go again in mid spring when the river...More

Thank Darren F
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Hi Darren. Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We are glad your trip was enjoyable even though the water levels were low. It is still a really awesome trip and the guides love what they do and know the river like...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

My hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed our rafting adventure in Queenstown on Thursday the 6th of April. Heath was our guide on his day off and did an awesome job. We have to come back and do it again one day.More

Thank wardie5
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Hi wardie5. Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your rafting trip with us. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your white-water experience. It is one of the best adventure activities to do in Queenstown we think. We...More

Reviewed 30 March 2017

Did this today with my wife and son. We took the heli raft option and the helicopter flight was amazing. It was bloody cold so early in the morning, but the wetsuits kept us warm. Chief was our guide and even though he joked about...More

Thank Wayne_Small
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2017

Hi Wayne, thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience with Challenge Rafting. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the Rafting and are keen for more white-water action. The helicopter into the canyon is a certainly thrilling and a great...More

Reviewed 18 March 2017

Our whole white water rafting experience with this company was amazing! Sam, one of the guides was hilarious and absolutely brilliant on the bus ride to the white water rafting. He made the 40 minute journey up feel like 10 minutes, by having the whole...More

Thank mia062015
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Hi mia062015, thanks for taking the time to review your rafting trip. We are so happy to hear that Sally and Sam made your rafting trip so brilliant and that you had such an awesome time. We hope you had a great time in Queenstown...More

Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

This trip was amazing!! We rafted the shot over river, had such a great time, highly recommended! Had never done any rafting before but was easy as we had a great guideMore

Thank HLE-94
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2017

Hi HLE-94, thanks very much for taking the time to review us. We are so glad you had an awesome raft trip and that your guide made it that much better. We always love getting such positive feedback. Thanks for choosing to rafting with us...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We rafted with Challenge - HUGE shoutout to Sally our guide who was epic!!! We had such a great time. Only issue was with the company, Challenge. We booked a heli-raft which was cancelled. Of course it can't go ahead without the numbers, we would...More

Thank travellovex4240
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

Hi travellovex4240, thank you for providing us with this feedback. So glad you enjoyed the rafting trip with Sally. She is great! We are sorry that the helicopter portion was unconfirmed, we do ask all customers to reconfirm 24 hours prior to their trip so...More

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