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Challenge Rafting

Address: The Station Building | Cnr Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Phone Number: +6434427318
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Ranked #106 of 202 Activities in Queenstown
Owner description: Challenge Rafting operates exciting half-day trips on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers in...
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Owner description: Challenge Rafting operates exciting half-day trips on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers in Queenstown. The Kawarau River is suited to first time rafters or those wanting a taste of rafting and is accessed by vehicle. The Shotover River is accessed by vehicle through the historic Skippers Canyon forged out by goldminers during the big Gold Rush. This road is inaccessible in winter and for this reason Heli-rafting is offered in winter on the Shotover River.

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

professional, organised from the get-go, and had a charming, professional raft guide in Derek. Actually we loved the camaraderie amongst the whole team. Bit of a white knuckled ride through the Skippers Canyon (the road not the driver), but if you dont mind heights, gravel roads, and no barrier it was spectacular. after plenty of prep, the rafting (we had... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Challenge Rafting, that’s great you and your family enjoyed the trip! Im glad your daughter was able to stay in the boat in the end. We will be sure to pass on your feedback to Derek. Thanks again for visiting us and we hope to see you again sometime. All the best... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We booked the Shotover trip. We loved the experience right from the start while driving in Skippers Canyon (what an amazing place!) and how the staff in the van entertained us by telling stories and jokes. Big thumbs up to the staff as they are a bunch of very cool and friendly young folks but also very professional and concerned... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Lucile, Thank you for your review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your trip! We will be sure to pass on your great feedback to the staff. Skippers Canyon is an amazing part of the trip into Skippers Canyon. It sounds like your group worked well together for the rafting. We hope you will visit again sometime and experience... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

If you are considering going rafting with Challenge Rafting while in Queenstown, my advice is DO IT! The staff in the station building that book you in are very friendly, and gave me good advice and encouragement. The guys that take you down the river are very good at what they do, they will make you feel safe in the... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Emma, Thanks so much for your awesome review, I’m so pleased you took the time to share your experiences! It’s not often we have people who get the chance to raft on both rivers while here in Queenstown, so it’s really cool to hear that you appreciated both of them based on their different merits. We believe we have... More 

Plzen Region, Czech Republic
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We went yeasterday afternoon and it was just awesome. Everobody was really helpful though a litlle bit crazy in a good way. The weather was fantastic and we had so much fun on the river that we definately recommend this activity to everybody who is not scared of Skipper's road and icy water. Great thanks to Whitney (our guide, sorry... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Jiri & Tereza, Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your trip! It is a great time of year right now to get out on the water. I will pass on your feedback to Whitney – she will appreciate it greatly. We hope you will visit again someday. Thanks from the whole crew at Challenge Rafting! More 

Grenoble, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The probability to be injured is higher than they explained during the safety briefing. 10 min briefing for brand new people that never did rafting is NOT SAFE! I know what I am speaking about as I am working in the safety environment for big company. And believe me, I am not used to be fearful (I do paragliding, high... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Xavier, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip. I am sorry that you feel the trip was not suitable for you. I can assure you that safety is our #1 priority and we have a very strong safety record. We are heavily regulated by strict safety guidelines which we must adhere to at all times. I... More 

Madrid, Spain
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5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

I'm just back from my day of rafting with Challenge.it was my first time and was generally really enjoyable and well organised.I will just say that I would not recommend the 45 minute drive to the canyon.It was 45 mins of driving a narrow single lanes track over several canyons with steep drops in an extremely old rickety bus. Had... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi There, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the rafting. The Skippers Canyon Road is certainly an exciting feature of the trip. Many tourists pay just to go on tours into Skippers Canyon, so many of our guests see it as a bonus to the trip. Our drivers... More 

Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The problem with travelling solo is doing activities on your own- not a problem on this tour.. Everyone was up for it and friendly! Had to helicopter to the canyon as buses can't reach it in the winter - the flight was short but really awesome! You're suited and booted to the max in industrial wetsuits which is just as... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Cliodhna! We are so glad you enjoyed your trip and as a solo traveller were able to meet people along the way. The river is a great place to meet people and bond as a team! We hope you come back sometime in the summer months (September – May) and experience the drive into Skippers Canyon... More 

Wigan
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140 reviews 140 reviews
94 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We got picked up from Queenstown and driven out to the base at Shotover River. We were equipped with a lovely warm wetsuit and boots. We then drove through Skippers Canyon to the launch site. Our guide Matt was great and made us all feel really comfortable. There was varying grades of rapids, the highest being 4. It was great... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Megan, Thanks so much for the glowing review! Sounds like you had a great trip. Right now we’re experiencing some really high waters after a lot of rain – maybe if you come back to Queenstown in the future we can show you the Shotover in a whole different light! From all the team at Challenge Rafting More 

Wellsville, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My mom and I flew into Queenstown yesterday and decided that rafting in glacial water was a must do! The ride to the drop in was awesome! We had a fantastic driver named Heath who kept us all safe! We hit it off with our guide Jack immediately! And can not say enough good things about him :) the river... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Michelle and Mary Ann – we really appreciate when people take the time to leave us a review, and yours is awesome! Sounds like you had a great day out on the Shotover. I’ve passed your comments on to the team, it’s really nice to be able to let them know their hard work is appreciated. If you are... More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Shotover river was beautiful, and the drive into the canyon was gorgeous! When we arrived at the rendezvous site, it was a lot of hassle to get all your gear (there's multiple items you needed), but I was very glad to have on a wet suit - it was freezing and people definitely got wet or got tossed into the... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Dear MaileAndFred, Thanks so much for your brilliant review, we’re so glad you had a good time! The drive through Skipper’s certainly is something to remember, and we’re very lucky to be able to raft through such a scenic part of the world. It’s always great to hear about people’s individual experiences on the river - Tom will be glad... More 

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