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Queenstown Kawarau River Rafting and Jet Boat
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Reviewed 30 November 2023 via mobile

Excellent white water rafting trip with RealNZ . The guides are friendly, expert and professional. They look after your safety but also make sure you have the maximum fun. I would highly recommend doing this.

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Reviewed 30 November 2023

This was an amazing experience made even better by our incredible rafting guide Dane! We had so much fun!!!

Date of experience: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

A great time! Our guides (Benji, Iko & Justin) took such good care of our safety the entire trip, I felt comfortable with them from start to finish. I would highly recomend this to any beginner who has always wanted to give white water rafting a try. Fun, fun, fun!!! :)

Date of experience: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

Jet boat was fun - noisy & wet. Lovely views of the lake shore/river interspersed with crazy slalom paths around what appear to be navigational hazards that the captain "narrowly avoids" and 360 turns that drench one side of the boat or the other with spray. Certainly more interesting than a bus ride to the raft put-in point! It was an easy/safe "thrill" ride, but I'm not sure that it would have been worth it as a stand-alone activity.

[My views as an experienced paddler/lifeguard/swimmer] Rafting portion had easy rapids (all but the last could've been done tubing!). This is good for entry level rafters. The guides made it fun - but were professional and did a serious safety briefing (& had the right safety gear). We didn't actually have to paddle much - there were long breaks between paddles while we floated along with the current, which made it less aerobic than one might think for a paddle outing. There was an opportunity to go down a rapid, along side of the boat in the water. We pulled over once to allow people to jump off a high rock into the river. Our crew (2 rafts of strangers - singles, couples, groups of friends- and safety kayaker) had the river (down from where the jet boat dropped us) to ourselves, which was very peaceful. At one point we passed bungee jumpers. The blue glacial water was amazing. Like much of NZ, the wildlife spotting was mainly birds. Of course, all of this depends on the water levels at the time of one's visit!

PS if you have your own car, consider driving to the base - which is located adjacent to a microbrewery. We'd have enjoyed a cold drink after the paddle, but had to jump in the bus again to return to town. We were envious of those that stayed back for a nosh & a cold beverage!

Date of experience: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

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White water rafting was an absolute blast! The guides made the whole experience a ton of fun, from check-in to the bus ride and the entire adventure. The banter was spot-on, and there were plenty of laughs. Solid 10/10—definitely up for a repeat!

Date of experience: October 2023
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