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Challenge Rafting

The Station Building | Cnr Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
+6434427318
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Ranked #84 of 165 activities in Queenstown
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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135 reviews 135 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 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
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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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

Greta, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was my first time rafting and found it to be a brilliant experience. Our guides, KC and Gabbi, were great and everything was very safe. Couldn't have been happier with my experience and am now looking for further rafting trips to do now I am back in Australia. Well done guys.

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

Thank you so much for your feedback, we appreciate it. We are so glad that we could make your first rafting trip memorable! KC and Gabby are fabulous guides, and I will pass your feedback on to them. If you are ever back in Queenstown we hope you will visit us again – maybe in spring time so you can... More

Ramat Gan, Israel
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I took the shotover stream which is more challenging. That was quite exciting at some points, but mostly flat. The guide was really helpful and nice. Overall it wad really great. The only drawback is the price of the photos. Come on guys, we live in a world where cameras are cheap. 40$ is way too much for a few... More

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

Dear Andrey, We’re glad you enjoyed your rafting trip, and will pass on your comments to the photography company about the photo pack you bought. Hope to see you on the Shotover River again. From the Team at Challenge Rafting. More

Arrowtown, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Just 1 word needed: AWESOME! We did the Heli-rafting option and it was amazing to see the canyon from the air. Definitely recommend paying that bit extra to have an exciting fly in. Couple weeks ago we did another activity by bus on that road, and that was very scenic as well. All the guides were hilarious (especially big chief)... More

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

Hi Barbara, thanks so much for your awesome review, we are stoked to hear you had such a good time! Flying through Skippers Canyon is definitely an experience you will never forget. The guides are a super funny bunch and it is great to hear you made good use of the awesome facilities at the rafting base! From the whole... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

White water rafting on the Shotover River with Challenge Rafting is an amazing adventure! The rapids are heaps of fun and you can enjoy the spectacular scenery along the calmer parts of the river. Our guide, Sally, was very entertaining, had a great sense of humour and looked after us really well. I was quite nervous about rafting but am... More

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

Thank you for your review, we are so thrilled that you had such a good time rafting with us! The scenery is incredible and the guides are definitely an entertaining bunch! Hope to see you cruising down the awesome rapids again! From the whole team at Challenge Rafting. More

Island of Malta, Malta
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The staff were absolutely wonderful and Kyle our team leader was hilariously brilliant and he definitely made the whole experience worth while. I did however expect more rapids, of which there were only three main sets. They were great but the rest of the journey down the river was pretty much plain sailing.

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

Thanks for your review, we are so glad enjoyed the trip! The raft guides are definitely an entertaining bunch! Sorry to hear you didn’t get as many rapids as you were expecting, the river changes day to day and it is difficult to know exactly what you are going to get. Hope we get to see you next time and... More

Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I cannot say enough positive things about our experience. Two of the kis were very frightened but had a great day. The drive into Skipper's canyon was just the start of a fantastic adventure. We are all tired as we were required to paddle hard at times. Definately a holiday highlight.

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

Thanks for your review Karen, we are thrilled you and your family all enjoyed the trip! The trip through Skippers Canyon is truly beautiful in itself and the rafting can certainly be a full on adventure. Glad to hear it was a highlight of your time in Queenstown and we hope to see you again next time! From the whole... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Truly one of the best experiences of my life, a fine mixture of exhilarating adrenaline and beautiful scenery. I don't remember the name of the guide in our raft (he was young and had short dreadlocks) but he was great. Heath on our shuttle bus was a damn fine laugh too, very dry humour. Suited us Aussies nicely but some... More

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

Thanks for your review Michael, we are thrilled you enjoyed the trip! It certainly is an exhilarating trip through a stunning area, and the raft guides really complete the experience. Great to hear we have gotten you hooked on rafting! We hope you come see us again in Queenstown sometime. From the whole team at Challenge Rafting. More

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