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Address: The Station Building | Cnr Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Phone Number: +6434427318
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Description: Challenge Rafting operates exciting half-day trips on the Shotover and...
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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not as wild as you'd expect

Of course, white water rafting is dependant on a number of things as to how tame/extreme it is - if it's when there's lots of snow melt or after a heavy rain, the rapids will be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Sue A
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Of course, white water rafting is dependant on a number of things as to how tame/extreme it is - if it's when there's lots of snow melt or after a heavy rain, the rapids will be more challenging. We did it in summer time after a week without rain so it seemed pretty tame to me as a first time... More 

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

Hi Sue, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us. I am glad you enjoyed your trip and yes the 45 minute drive through Skippers Canyon is an adventure on its own. The river levels fluctuate quite a lot in the summer months and due to the lack of rainfall this year meant some days the... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Rafted with my friend and boyfriend, my friend had never rafted before and I was so excited for her to enjoy it! The river was the lowest it has been for a long time resulting in the grades being lower, so they used smaller rafts due to this. I was a little disappointed with the rapids as there was a... More 

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

Hi Suki, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip. We are glad you had a good afternoon out overall. You sound quite adventurous! The river levels fluctuate often and at higher water Shotover River Rafting can be a very different trip, perhaps more suited to experienced rafters such as yourself. If you are ever in Queenstown again... More 

Oldham, Lancashire
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Did this as part of the Shotover Trio. I've wanted to white water raft since watching "The River Wild". I don't like water so this was a huge challenge for me. The staff were great at getting us kitted out. Warning...the booties are wet inside...yuck! The communal changing facilities are a little cramped with larger trips (I think our trip... More 

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

Thank you for your review, and well done facing your fears to tackle the rafting!! You should be very proud. We appreciate you taking the time to share you experience and offer some handy tips. I am glad you enjoyed your time on the river with Whitney. I will be sure to pass on your feedback to her. Thanks and... More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Good fun on the rafting trip, rapids are good fun and getting to float in the water as an option during some parts is fun too. The end is the best, a long tunnel then one very fun rapid! Great guides, very capable and friendly, also pretty funny.

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

Hi Naomi, Thank you for your lovely review! We are delighted you enjoyed your trip. Summer is a great time to visit to take advantage of some parts of the river where you can jump out and swim in the river. I will be sure to pass your feedback on to the whole team. Have a great rest of your... More 

Melbourne
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

Pilsen Region, Czech Republic
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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 

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