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Go Orange - Shotover River Whitewater Rafting

Join us to raft the iconic Shotover river for a whitewater rapid adventure like no other, as we expertly guide you through grade 3-5 rapids!

Highlights

  • Paddle the infamous grade 3-5 rapids of the Shotover River
  • Raft the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel
  • Navigate 6 exciting rapids
  • Enjoy outstanding world-class scenery

Get ready for a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure on the iconic Shotover river as we navigate the rapids that carve their way down the valley.

Your adventure begins with a 40-minute journey along the historic Skippers Road, one of the Top 10 most dangerous roads in NZ. We’ll get your adrenalin pumping even before you hit the water, as you travel down the dirt road cut during the 1860’s gold rush.

The upper section of the Shotover River gives you and your paddling team time to practice your paddle techniques and be briefed for the exhilarating rapids ahead. Our knowledgeable rafting guides who are expertly trained, and possess a keen sense of adventure will then navigate your raft through the grade 3- 5 rapids, aptly named aftershock, squeeze, toilet and Oh Sh*t.

Your journey comes to an end through the darkness of the 170m long Oxenbridge Tunnel before finally taking on the Cascade rapid. Don’t worry, hot showers and our very own brewery and restaurant are only a short walk away. Your return trip to town is available whenever suits you, on request via the Canyon Brewing complimentary shuttle.

Per Person $229.00 (13 years +)

What's included

  • Transfer from downtown Queenstown to rafting base
  • Full wetsuit rafting clothing including booties & safety equipment
  • Scenic drive down Skippers Canyon Road in Go Orange 4WD Unimog
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Rafting on the Shotover River
  • Hot showers
  • Transfer/ return travel to Queenstown downtown

Duration

  • Approximately 4.5 hours

Location

  • Meeting Location:

    1 Oct - 21 Oct: Go Orange Shop, 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown

    22 Oct - 31 May: Go Orange shop, 37 Camp street, Queenstown

    1 Jun - 30 Sep: Go Orange Kiosk, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown

Notes

  • Please check-in at your meeting location 20 minute prior to your trip departure.

  • You MUST be able to swim and also have a moderate level of 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. No personal GoPro’s allowed on the trips for safety reasons. Video footage is available to purchase after your adventure.
  • Minimum booking numbers apply for trip confirmation. 'No shows' or cancellations within 48 hours of departure are non-refundable.

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Daniel Schultz from Australia wrote on 13 January 2019

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Worth the money !

Really enjoyed the whole experience. The tour guides were great Tuscany was a legend 👍.

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Jesslyn from New Zealand wrote on 05 January 2020

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Fantastic service and very professional

Felt very safe throughout the whole thing. Detailed and thorough briefing and training. Excellent equipments. Dan was also a very fun guide. Highly recommend!

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Srinivas Rao from India wrote on 21 April 2019

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Adrenaline rush rafting

Amazing !! Would like to do it again

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Liz Paterson from Australia wrote on 29 November 2018

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Wasn't able to do shotover due to heavy rain

I had heard from a friend that the Shotover River was really fun and challenging. For this reason I booked in for it, unfortunately heavy rain fell the day I had chosen which meant the river was closed for rafting, I had the option to change to Kawarau River or change my days (this unfortunately wasn't an option). I didn't want to miss out on rafting so chose the first option and was told it would still be quite thrilling because of all the rain. I was somewhat disappointed, most of the river was slow flowing and minimal rapids exist. This is good for beginners or those that do not feel comfortable with the idea of potentially falling in. While my experience had nothing to do with the staff (they were very helpful) it wasn't the experience I had hoped for.

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Jacquelyn from New Zealand wrote on 14 February 2019

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Good experience but no video or photos provided

Pros.. Great time and informative guide, amazing views, good team work, safety taken seriously.. Cons.. Like other reviews... false advertising no picture or video included, despite what was promised.. Checked instore 2 times before informed video & pictures were only being trialed...

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