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An exhilarating rafting trip providing the perfect introduction for first time rafters with plenty of white water action over four rapids on the Kawarau River. Between rapids there are fantastic scenic stretches of river allowing time to relax and take in the stunning surrounds, including a unique perspective of the worlds first commercial bungy site as we travel below the Kawarau Bungy Bridge.

The stunning natural beauty of the Kawarau River saw it star as the River Anduin in The Lord of The Rings movie epic, and is sure to impress. The magnificence of the canyons will give Lord of the Rings fans the sensation they are paddling through the heart of Middle Earth.

This fantastic journey through the beauty of New Zealand's highest volume commercially rafted river is topped of with the excitement of NZ's longest commercially run rapid. The 400m long Dog Leg rapid provides an exhilarating and unforgettable finish to your adventure.

After your rafting trip there is time to relax enjoy a hot shower before returning to Queenstown.

Trip Package Includes:

  • 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

What you need to bring:

  • Swimsuit & towel
  • Money for snacks & photos

It is advisable to leave valuables at home including cameras. Professional photo service & waterproof disposable cameras available for sale on site.

Price: $229pp

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, 5 minutes before your departure time.

Restrictions:

  • Minimum age 13 years
  • Minimum weight 40kgs (88lb)
  • Minimum booking numbers apply for trip confirmation
  • Under 18s guardian conditions Apply
  • Clients must be water confident
  • 'No shows' or cancellations within 24 hours of departure are non-refundable

Also check out Queenstown Rafting on the Shotover River


White water rafting is great on rainy days as you are going to get wet anyway!

Available Bookings from July 16 to July 22

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

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Rixta from Netherlands wrote on 06 June 2018

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Beautifull, must do!

This was so cool and beautifull!! Not cold at all thanks to the wetsuits

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susan watson from New Zealand wrote on 24 November 2015

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Queenstown rafting

excellent, but not if you are older and are not very fit

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From Queenstown Rafting - Kawarau River

Hi Susan, Thanks for taking the time to review us. We have all fitness and ages come out on our trips. The Kawarau River is one for everyone!

Ian Ross from New Zealand wrote on 07 March 2014

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Great experience

We had a wonderful time,I have waited 30yrs to cross this off my bucket list,it was well organised especially for someone as scared as I was,the staff were encouraging and amazing! Thankyou for a memorable experience! Xxx

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Wow! Glad we helped with the bucket list! Keep going :-)

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?

Brianna & David from New Zealand wrote on 26 March 2013

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Very well organised

Loved our rafting experience. Very well organised. Very friendly staff and had the time of our lives! Would definately recommend!

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Thanks for your kind words guys! Glad you had an amazing time!

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