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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.

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 and sauna
  • 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 age 13 years. Minimum weight 40kgs (88lb). Minimum booking numbers apply for trip confirmation. Under 18s require a guardian. Clients must be water confident. 'No shows' or cancellations within 24 hours of departure are non-refundable. It is advisable to leave valuables at home including cameras. Professional photo service & waterproof disposable cameras available for sale on site.

Available Bookings from November 21 to November 27

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4.7

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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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Chantelle from Australia wrote on 01 November 2018

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A nice intro to rafting

This rafting trip is a great intro for anyone who is nervous about rafting for the first time, travelling with kids or would like to enjoy a few fun rapids, the scenery and a bit of fun with a group. We’d rafted before but didn’t know what to expect in the South Island, so we opted for this tamer option to begin with. If you’ve rafted before or are a confident swimmer who likes other adventure sports, book into the Shotover trip instead but this is certainly an enjoyable few hours. The safety briefing is comprehensive and the tour guides are good fun - they crack a few jokes and give you a decent overview of the river and it’s history which is a bonus. While tamer than the Shotover trip, the rapids are still a thrill and the waves were bigger than we expected. There’s also time to jump in for a swim and a rock jump is awaiting approval and will hopefully be added to the trip. Overall a great activity, even if you’re also keen to take on the Shotover’s bigger rapids.

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Samantha from Australia wrote on 17 October 2018

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Awesome Fun

Really awesome experience that was heaps of fun! Really gets your heart pumping.

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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 Queenstown Rafting - Kawarau River

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?

Hayley from Australia wrote on 15 August 2018

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Great Time!

The best!

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