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Serious Fun Riversurfing

39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 5262
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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. Highlights: * 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
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good9%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“river surfing” (41 reviews)
“roaring meg” (11 reviews)
“lead guide” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 5262

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's safe to say I had no idea what to expect with these guys. The guides are some of the most professional and fun people I have met, not to mentioned skilled at their job! Beautiful scenery and fast paced rapids with a boogie board...More

Thank Fraser C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't know what to expect heading into the trip and was so surprised at how fun it was! You go from action packed rapids to calm sections where you can enjoy the scenery. I liked how you have the chance to go twice because...More

Thank RylieDahlberg
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was waaaaay better than expected. Had such a great time and the guides were awesome. They really looked after us and clearly know the river like the back of their hands. This is a great activity to do if you want to get your...More

Thank Combos F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great time with Dallas and Paval. Awesome guides. Great explanation and direction. Couldn't ask for a better time. These guys know the river and know their clientele. Highly, highly recommend if you have the guts!!

Thank Bo G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on this trip this morning (2-Nov) and didn’t think t was going to be like this at all, it was SO MUCH BETTER than I imagined! Set u up won’t safety instructions first and then u glance at the river and see why, the...More

Thank Danny B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved this! The trip we did was 9km and a good mix of intro, then hard, then chill. It is a difficult swim at points but I was super confident in the guides the whole time. You gotta do this if you are looking...More

1  Thank Greg H
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Our hostel and 2 travel agencies told os that River Boarding would be way more action packed and adrenaline kicking than river rafting, at 10$ cheaper (225 nzd pr person), withal they told us we would go down the river twice. We didn't go down...More

Thank Johan Hasle B
EpicQueenstown, Manager at Serious Fun Riversurfing, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you for posting a review. It is good to hear that you enjoyed the scenery. We are sorry to hear that the adrenaline kick was not up to your expectations. It is quite unusual for someone to find the level 3 trip less challenging...More

Reviewed 30 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank Tatiana D
EpicQueenstown, Manager at Serious Fun Riversurfing, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thanks for the review Tatiana

Reviewed 30 March 2017

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...More

Thank Sparks12180
EpicQueenstown, Manager at Serious Fun Riversurfing, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Great to hear you enjoyed the trip. Thank you for the review!

Reviewed 29 March 2017

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...More

Thank nejc b
EpicQueenstown, Manager at Serious Fun Riversurfing, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

We are stoked that you enjoyed the trip. Thanks for the review!

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27 April 2017|
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Response from mattknox40 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. The people running the operation talked about only being for the summer months.
Bram N
7 January 2017|
Response from Barbara B | Reviewed this property |
I am not an operator of the River boarding, but have a brochure from when we did it a few weeks ago. It states that the level 3: river surfing season is Sept-May. If you are able to do it and are comfortable in the... More