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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
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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 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
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
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
Reviewed 28 March 2017

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...More

Thank PT N
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...More

Thank MelandMaria
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...More

Thank manxnutterontour
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...More

Thank Omenahillo
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...More

Thank Minesh P
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...More

Thank Vicki-anna B
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....More

Thank Brad H
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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