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Challenge Rafting

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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...more
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The Station Building | Cnr Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 7318
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Reviewed 5 days ago

From a couple of late 50 year olds, we thought it was well organised, very helpful staff and great fun. I was more than a little scared at the prospect of doing this activity at first but our guide was wonderful and coached us all...More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the review, we are so happy you enjoyed the experience with us and were pleased with the organisation and our friendly staff. The guides are great at making you feel calm and safe during the trip and always make sure you have the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Challenge Rafting was well-planned and exciting 😊 First we were gathered at the Challenge Rafting HQ. Then travelled for 1hr or so up the hilly ‘mini’ mountains with our tour-guide who doubled as our safety guy for our rafting trip. The bus trip up to...More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for leaving us a review and it’s great that you found the Kawarau Rafting really exciting. Our guides always have interesting and amusing commentary on the bus journeys to all our trips on the way to the river. It’s really nice to hear that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a great experience and definitely will do it again if i got chance again. Do opt for grade 5 shotover rafting as its more exciting but take note that your insurance might not cover you for grade 3 and above. It will takes...More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, we’re glad you enjoyed the rafting and that you’d like to do it again! Both our Kawarau and Shotover trips are exciting but it’s true that the Shotover Rafting is more adventurous. Whitewater Rafting is an adventure activity so depending on...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018

I recently came here with a colleague and loooooved every second of it! We were given excellent safety briefings, the views from the helicopter were absolutely stunning, and the rafting that followed was not only crazy fun but also breathtakingly beautiful. Massive shout out to...More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for this amazing feedback, we love the helicopter flight into Skipper’s Canyon and the breath-taking views of the river too. Happy to hear our super star team accommodated you well! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 24 August 2018

The Kawarau rafting was my first white water rafting experience and I loved it! The guides are very skilled and make you feel confident! The scenery is incredibly beautiful and you'll have a great time! I was afraid to be cold but they provided all...More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We’re so glad that you had a good time and felt comfortable with the knowledgeable guides. The Kawarau River is absolutely stunning and our wetsuits and equipment keep you nice and warm! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

Initially had an issue with the meet. We were booked on the 1pm slot but it was moved to the morning slot. We weren't sure what time to meet (had to look it up on TripAdvisor as it was closed at the time) and we...More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We’re happy to hear you got the full experience (cheesy jokes and all) with our experienced guides. The trip into Skipper’s Canyon is exhilarating and the river is extra fun with more rainfall, glad you had a good time. Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Very nice trip, the staff is amazing. Security is first priority! And they make sure that everyone felt calm and safe. The price is a little to expensive.

Thank Mikkel S
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for such positive feedback, we are happy to hear that you felt safe for the whole trip with our experienced guides and had a good time with us! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 3 March 2018

Despite being apprehensive when booking this (on recommendation from my hostel), I was so pleasantly surprised and rafting down the Shotover river was definitely a highlight of my trip to New Zealand. The guides were all friendly, engaging and knew what they were doing -...More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

It's great to hear that this was one of your highlights from visiting New Zealand. We’re so happy to have such experienced and friendly guides! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Everything was great about the day, check in staff, the drive in, our driver, our guides , (and the kiwi guide jokes) and especially our guide Tucker- cheers mate😊 River was great, rapids awesome, and great the tunnel was sweet! Thankyou for the awesome day,...More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

What a fantastic day you had! Thanks for the feedback, we’re so glad the team made your best adventure in NZ, this is what we’re all here for! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 28 February 2018

This trip was really fun. The bus ride up to the start of the rafting trip was thrilling in itself due to the hairy roads in Skipper's Canyon. Theres a great mix of exciting rapids and calm areas to have a chat and jump into...More

Thank Sean C
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

The Skipper’s Canyon road is one of our favourite parts of the trip too, glad you had fun! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

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