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Go Orange Rafting - Heli Rafting

Get an action-packed, serious white water rafting adventure on the famous Shotover River combined with an epic helicopter ride over Skippers Canyon!

Highlights

  • Six blood-pumping rapids
  • 170m of darkness in the Oxenbridge Tunnel
  • Grade 3-5 rapids
  • Rafting on the Shotover River
  • Helicopter Transfer over Skippers Canyon

The day begins with a 7-minute rollercoaster helicopter ride over the stunningly beautiful Skippers Canyon, famous for its exciting cliff edges and gold mining history. This is a world famous canyon, jam-packed with relics, workings and incredible stories of gold discovery. It is an incredible sightseeing experience, the ULTIMATE way to travel to Deep Creek to start your rafting adventure.

After taking off for your thrilling helicopter ride, you will enjoy breathtaking views of spectacular Skippers Canyon, Wakatipu Basin, historic Skippers Road and Coronet Peak Ski Area before landing at impressive Shotover River's “put-in” point.

Next, meet your river guide before beginning your whitewater rafting journey through the spectacular canyon. You will be kitted out with all the gear you need and receive an extensive safety briefing so you know exactly how to handle the exhilarating rapids. Peaceful waters at the entrance of Skippers Canyon let you ease into your adrenaline-packed trip. It won't be long before you will be shooting through the lower canyon and its famous grade 3-5 rapids. You’ll get to paddle Aftershock, Squeeze, Toilet, Oh Sh*t, Pinball and Jaws to name a few.  Raft the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting Cascade Rapid to round off your adventure. 

This is a unique way to experience the wonderful backcountry we have close by in Queenstown, offering an exclusive look at this epic region. A must-do for every visitor to Queenstown!

 

****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
  • Adult $349.00

    What's included

    • Transfer from downtown Queenstown to Cavells Rafting Base
    • Transfer to heli-pad
    • Full wetsuit rafting clothing including booties & safety equipment
    • Transfer by helicopter to rafting put in point
    • Extensive safety briefing
    • Hot showers

    Notes

    • Meeting Location: Go Orange Rafting Shop, 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown

      Duration: approx 4.5 hours

      Accommodation pick up available: Transfer from downtown Queenstown to Cavells Rafting Base

    Available Bookings from August 23 to August 29

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    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

    Fri 23 Aug
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    Mon 26 Aug
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    Thu 29 Aug

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    • Adult$299.00

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    • Adult$299.00

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    • Adult$299.00

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    • Adult$299.00

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    • Adult$299.00

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

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    Kevin Leighton from Australia wrote on 29 March 2017

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    Fantastic afternoon

    We took the heli rafting tour which was just fantastic. From the moment we arrived we were well looked after. The helicopter ride to the start of the rafting was exciting and looking down at the road the rafting vehicle was negotiating I'm sure either option would be just as exciting. The rafting was challenging and thrilling. I would do it again if we go back to Queesnstown.

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    From Go Orange Rafting - Heli Rafting

    HI Leighton, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a nice review. I'm delighted to hear you had such a great time on your heli-rafting adventure. The flight into Skipper's Canyon is simply incredible. We hope to see you on the river again in the future. Kind Regards, Tess

    Nicole Seymour from Australia wrote on 04 March 2017

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    Rafting

    Rafting the Shotovef river was fantastic and I couldn't recommend this highly enough. We didn't get to Helicopter in due to insufficient numbers but the bus ride into skippers canyon is amazing. The rafting was great and Queenstown rafting are professional, organised but still laid back and fun. An excellent adventure!!

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    Rob Thomas from Australia wrote on 19 March 2019

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    Fantastic day out!

    An excellent experience, loved the rafting, the story telling, the banter and the amazing scenery. Would have loved for the helicopter ride to be a bit longer, but pretty spectacular none the less.

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    Amelia from Australia wrote on 05 October 2018

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    Please respond to my email

    Didn’t get to do the heli rafting due to numbers but was told at the base that it was going ahead, so once I was out there there was no communication as to what was happening I emailed book me yesterday in relation to receiving some money back for that part of the trip and i am yet to get a response but the shot over white water rafting was awesome the guides were super fun and made you feel safe had a great time, although there was no go pro footage of the experience it was still fantastic. So great experience I just would have liked to know if I was doing the heli rafting when I was there or not as I was left in the dark about the whole time

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    Delfina Dimoski from Australia wrote on 21 March 2017

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    Awesome Experience

    Friendly guides. Safety to the highest of levels. Memories to last a lifetime. For a first timer I'm hooked. I can't wait to visit and go again soon

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    From Go Orange Rafting - Heli Rafting

    Dear Delfina, Thank you for writing us a review. We are stoked to hear you had an awesome experience. It's always our goal to make memories that last a lifetime, and we are glad to hear we accomplished that. I will pass on your kind words to our guides. Hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, The Queenstown Rafting Team

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