Queenstown Rafting

Experience Queenstown's most seriously fun white-water action on the mighty Shotover River!

Our popular rafting trips begin with with an unforgettable coach trip into Skippers Canyon, famed for its dramatic, craggy landscape and gold mining history.

Meet you rafting guide at Deep Creek for a safety briefing and instruction before setting of on your white water rafting journey through the spectacular canyon. Drifting down peaceful waters at first, you'll soon reach the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon.

Be prepard for the adrenaline to pump as you paddle through Aftershock, Squeeze, Toilet, Oh Sh*t, Pinball and Jaws – to name but a few.

Raft the 170m-long Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at Cavell's Rafting Lodge.

Sound too hard-core? Try the Kawarau River – super-scenic, playful and fun for almost anyone.

The Kawarau River is ideal for first-time rafters or those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience, and also ideal for groups of mixed age and abilities.

There’s still plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though – there's always a good chance of a water fight!

The Kawarau River starred as the River Anduin in The Lord Of The Rings, with grandeur befitting the heart of Middle Earth. Enjoy the unforgettable 400m-long Dog Leg – New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid – before returning to Queenstown for a sauna and shower at Cavell's Rafting Lodge.

Included in our rafting trips:

  • transfer from downtown Queenstown to our rafting base (just five minutes' walk from Queenstown TOP 10 base)
  • full wetsuit and other rafting clothing incuding safety equipment
  • extensive safety briefing
  • hot shower and sauna
  • return travel to downtown Queenstown 
  • lots of fun and adventure!

Book with the super helpful team at Queenstown TOP 10

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