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Discover the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness, paired with just the right amount of excitement on a paddle adventure like no other...

Highlights

  • Exciting journey down the Kawarau river with expert guides
  • Enjoy a combination of 2 - 3 grade rapids and calm river stretches
  • Soak up stunning, pure New Zealand wilderness scenery
  • Perfect for first timers with just the right amount of exhilliration

Join us on a journey like no other down the iconic Kawarau river as you discover the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness, paired with just the right amount of excitement to get your heart pumping.

Don’t be fooled by the relaxed nature of this trip - we aim to make each paddle as thrilling as the next! The 2-3 grade rapids may be perfect for first timers but as river levels can change on the daily, you can expect a gripping ride no matter what.

The Kawarau River is super scenic and fun for all. We pair four exciting carefully executed rapids with relaxed stretches of the river so you have time to sit back and soak up the beautiful scenery. Our guides will expertly get you from the top to bottom, ready to attack the rapids while always being available to pick you out of the river should you take a refreshing dip.

If you crave thrill, nature and impressive landscape then this experience is the perfect adventure for you!

We challenge you to delve deeper, go further than the average tourist and go beyond with us.

 

****PLEASE NOTE****

  • You need to be water competent with moderate fitness
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Minimum weight 40kg
  • Maximum weight 120kg
  • Guardian conditions apply for under 18 years
  • People with a heart condition or taking heart medication are not able to participate
  • Trips are weather, river level and/or water temperature dependent
  • It is advisable to leave valuables at home including cameras. Professional photo service & waterproof disposable cameras available for sale on site
  • Per Person $199.00

    What's included

    • Transfer from downtown Queenstown to rafting base
    • Full wetsuit rafting clothing (including booties) and safety equipment
    • Transfer to Gibbston Valley via Arrowtown
    • Extensive safety briefing
    • Rafting on the Kawarau River
    • Hot showers
    • Transfer/ return travel to Queenstown downtown

    Notes

    • Duration: ½ day approximately 4.5 hours

      Departures: Summer - 8am & 1pm / Winter 8:30am & 1pm

      Check-in: Please check-in at Queenstown Rafting Shop, 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown, 20 minutes before your departure time.

    • Minimum booking numbers apply for trip confirmation. 'No shows' or cancellations within 24 hours of departure are non-refundable.

    Available Bookings from March 26 to April 01

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    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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    Janelle from Australia wrote on 16 January 2019

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    Brilliant Kawarua Rafting

    Rafting on the Kawarau with Jonesy as our instructor was AWESOME! We give Jonesy 5 stars but the overall rating is 4 starts (only because there were no photos of our amazing experience). Thanks to everyone for making it such a great morning of fun !!

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    Richard Joyce from Australia wrote on 09 November 2018

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    Fantastic even in the rain!

    Our entire stay in Queenstown was dampened by wet weather but we still decided to go ahead with our bookings. The guides were entertaining and very helpful and the rapids were great (higher than usual from the rain) When we arrived the wetsuit was dry and a nice warm shower at the end made the whole experience very comfortable. Soo many layers of wetsuit so the water was actually quite nice! Would definitely recommend you do this activity while in Queenstown!

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    Mary from Canada wrote on 08 March 2019

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    A fun trip down the river

    We really enjoyed the trip down the river. The guides were awesome and everything was well organized. The only down side was the cost of the video...$60 was a bit steep and because we were leaving from Arrowtown and not going back to Queenstown, we did not have an opportunity to view the footage. This was very disappointing. The trip was expensive and I wouldn't mind paying some extra for the video... say $20 but NOT $60. It was not like it required any effort for anyone to take the footage as the camera is just mounted on the raft. Too bad.....

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    Sebastian Fischer from Germany wrote on 25 January 2016

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    Was ok

    Was ok, great guide. But not much aktion..

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    From Go Orange - Kawarau River Rafting

    Thanks for your review. Our Kawarau River trip is ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience as stated in all our marketing material. It is grade 2-3, so in that respect your review is 5 star, as no not that much action and we have great guides. Perfect! Maybe our Shotover River trip grade 4-5 would have suited you better?

    Fransiska Laurensia from New Zealand wrote on 06 March 2019

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    Amazing experience

    Awesome team, awesome experience, must do

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