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About Family Adventures
A gentle scenic excursion packed with family fun for everyone from 3 to 103 years old. We take a unique 45 min drive into Skippers Canyon, an iconic area steeped in gold mining history, then float down gentle grade 1 and 2 rapids on the famous Shotover River in either guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. See gold mining relics and sheer canyon walls as we navigate the river with rapid swims and rock jumps.
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Enjoy wet and wild adventure in Skippers Canyon on this 4.5-hour Queenstown rafting and sightseeing adventure. Take a scenic drive into Skippers Canyon as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich gold-mining heritage. On arrival at base, strap into your safety kit and paddle onto the Shotover River’s swirling Class I and II rapids. During your descent, tackle the river’s swirling twists and turns with a guide and enjoy sweeping views over New Zealand’s beautiful countryside. Then, finish your adventure with a swim or a rock-jump.
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raylow wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Family adventures was a great experience for our four boys (aged 15, 12, 10 and 6) and us. The ride into the canyons was awesome as was the rafting. Simon, Mark and Holly were great hosts.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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OnAir52836068910 wrote a review Apr 2021
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Absolutely fantastic family experience. We traveled with our 17 year old son who thought it was an amazing experience and so did we. I would do this again with younger children, friends, grandparents or teens...fun for everyone! Even the journey to the rafting area was fun. Great jokes from Simon along the way. Holly's driving skills are awesome! Well done guys, we will return 👍
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Date of experience: April 2021
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160glenn wrote a review Apr 2021
Rolleston, New Zealand1 contribution
Great trip. Very well organised, and Holly & Simon were excellent companions - friendly, informative, knew what they were doing. Its the best way to experience Skippers Canyon, letting an experienced driver lead the way along what is - lets face it - a white knuckle road. Superb views, and the journey down the river was relaxed and easy, with just enough excitement to give our 7yo his first taste of rafting.
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Jay wrote a review Apr 2021
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We had an awesome trip with Simon and Holly. It was the perfect way to introduce our two girls to a little bit of adventure (4 & 7). Holly did a great job of navigating the road and Simon was the perfect guide for the rafting. The girls loved the rapids, and getting to swim in the river. The highlight for our 7 year old was getting to jump off “the biggest rock ever” and float down the river, even our youngest gave it a go. Beautiful scenery and Simon took some lovely photos for us. If you’re worried about the kids getting too cold- don’t be. The gear is great and as soon as you get back in the van the heaters are on full blast. This trip was the highlight of our visit to Queenstown- we’ll be back when it has been raining lots to have an even bigger adventure.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Lydia wrote a review Apr 2021
Sunnynook, New Zealand1 contribution
We had a fantastic experience with Holly and Simon. Holly was bright and bubbly. She was very engaging throughout the initial drive and the white water rafting. She took everything in her stride and provided an excellent all round experience. Simon picked us up from our accommodation and drove us up to and back from the white water rafting. He expertly navigated the steep tight roads that I was especially glad not to be driving when we had to pass other cars! They provided some interesting historical information on the way up, and water and nibbles before and after the rafting. All in all they did a fabulous job and we would highly recommend them :)
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Date of experience: April 2021
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