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Address: 39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-442 5262
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The ultimate Queenstown water activity for true adventure seekers.


The ultimate Queenstown water activity for true adventure seekers.

Come Riverboarding on the Kawarau River, home of river surfing, with the world's pioneering company.

Ride grade 2 to 3 rapids on modified bodyboards or specially built sledges for an exciting, thrilling and proactive adventure.

If you love thrills, nature, pristine waters, amazing scenery and a good dose of adventure, look no further.

During this epic Queenstown activity experience the rush of swimming through raging rapids, surfing standing waves, riding whirlpools, squirting, playing on eddy lines and trying some wicked rock jumps.

Choose the trip that suits you the most, harness the power of the Kawarau River and be prepared to have the trip of a lifetime. They are all designed to quench your thirst for adventure.


* Surf a river wave

* Enjoy pristine New Zealand scenery

* Play on giant eddy lines

* Conquer a wild river with rapids grade 2 to 3

* Experience the river at face level

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Not for faint hearted

Truly awesome experience with the Serious team!!! There were 3 in our group and it felt like we had our own private tour of the Kawarau. Despite the weather not being the best the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tatiana D

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Truly awesome experience with the Serious team!!! There were 3 in our group and it felt like we had our own private tour of the Kawarau. Despite the weather not being the best the whole experience was awesome if not slightly terrifying, a serious must do for anyone comfortable in the water. Thanks again for such a great afternoon.

Thank Tatiana D
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I told my trip guide I was looking for out of the ordinary adventures, she told me about river boarding. I'd never heard of it but am happy to have tried it. Yes, you'll get face fulls of water, yes, you'll bump into other people, yes, you'll use every muscle you have and more. But it is a fantastic... More 

Thank Sparks12180
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would definetly reccomend it to all the water enthusiasts; the basic full contact with whitewater gives you so much feeling what trremendous powers are generated in a river such as Kawarau! Super friendly and knowledgable guides make the experience even better. Thanks and hope to do it again soon!

Thank nejc b
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great experience river surfing with these guys, its hard work but worth it. great fun being in the river and thrown about. I stupidly went while recovering from a broken ankle so had trouble kicking but Benji the guide was amazing and kept helping me out and dragging me back to where I should be. Keep up the... More 

Thank PT N
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Firstly just to say the staff were great, very attentive and friendly. But I felt I needed to do a review to emphasise that this activity is very strenuous and you need to be very comfortable in the water. I would say that myself and my partner are moderately fit young women, and we struggled with this activity. The guides... More 

Thank MelandMaria
Isle of Man
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We have just returned from a morning on the rapids with Pavel and the team. We went in the early excursion and arrived at the river at about 10am. We booked the grade 3 trip so that we could surf some of the big rapids and we were not disappointed. The team were very safety conscious and out us at... More 

Thank manxnutterontour
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

We went riverboarding during our stay in Queenstown in Feb-17. What an adventure! The company offers three levels of riversurfing, and we chose the middle one, never having tried such activities before. We had a small group with extremely friendly and attentive guides. Before the action started, we practiced swimming with the boards and safety procedures in an eddy pool.... More 

Thank Omenahillo
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Went in the afternoon on a hot sunny day. Water was perfect! Had 8 people in group. Do 1.5 hours water time. Grade 3 rapids. Floated into several people frequently which was annoying. Exhausting to stay the path directed by the lead guide. However, very fun day and would love to do again, preferably with smaller group.

Thank Minesh P
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

I'd never heard of River surfing before I came to New Zealand, so when I learned about the activity during my stay in Queenstown, I decided to see what all the fuss was about! This is an entirely unique way of seeing the beauty that New Zealand has to offer whilst simultaneously providing the adrenaline rush Queenstown promises to deliver... More 

Thank Vicki-anna B
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

I have done a lot of water sports, but this was a first for me. The river flow and the environment was amazing because there were no rocks to worry about while going down the river. I felt very safe and the guides were excellent. We took two 6km runs down the river and I was able to catch a... More 

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