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Serious Fun Riversurfing

Address: 39 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0)3 442 5262
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Ranked #60 of 202 Activities in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Experience the thrill of body boarding down the Kawarau River with the original riversurfing...
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Owner description: Experience the thrill of body boarding down the Kawarau River with the original riversurfing company! Forget about any white water activity you`ve ever seen. This is Serious Fun Riversurfing. The most exciting, exhilarating and interactive water activity on the planet. Each trip begins in a calm section of the river; the guides give you a full safety briefing and teach you the basics in riversurfing before you set off on your white water adventure. We have the world’s most experienced and qualified guides and 100% safety record since 1989. Where did it all begin? Jon Imhof, a surfer from Hawaii, came to Queenstown to go snowboarding and he liked Queenstown so much that he decided to stay for summer. Missing the waves of the ocean, he looked for an alternative and came up with the crazy idea to follow the rafters down the Shotover River and surf waves on his body board. Although the rapids were great, he found it was too shallow and decided to go down the Kawarau River instead, and the sport of riversurfing was born.In 1989, with riversurfing in high demand, Jon established Serious Fun Riversurfing, the original riversurfing company. A few years later, after looking for other suitable locations around the world, Jon started a sister company on the Zambezi in 1995 and some of the African guides took the sport up to the White Nile in Uganda, and to this day, these are the only three places in the world you can go riversurfing!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I've done a few different water activities since being in Queenstown and this one amazed me, it was such a thrill seeking non stop adventure down the Kawarau River.I loved every minute of it, I hadn't done it before and found the concept quite an incredible original idea. it is tough and i recommend you to be a competent swimmer... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went river surfing this morning actually - after having been in queenstown for 5 months, river surfing was something I hadn't heard of yet and about which I didn't really know anything...but sounded worth trying, and like a lot of fun! The staff and guides were really helpful and made me feel safe and calm about everything (though I was... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

"What is wrong with simply watching the rapids", I asked as we walked down to the river togged up in mega thick wetsuits and crash helmets and clutching fins and bodyboards. It was my 17 year old's idea - something we could all do together that didn't involve huge heights like everything else seems to in Queenstown. After an excellent... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Out of all the Queenstown extreme activities I did, this one stands out for excitement. Most others only get you a few seconds of guided fun. Here we had 2 runs on roaring Meg, first to get warmed up and the second was worth it and easier, very fun even if you are tired and legs cramp up. This one... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I've enjoyed both sections of Kawarau river that these guys do (Dogleg and Roaring Meg). Both with Pavel, as a guide. I could have never imagined body boarding on the river is so much fun. Hope to come back one day and learn how to surf the waves little more. Go there and try it!

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This is a must do activity in Queenstown. We had great guides who make you feel very comfortable. They are a lot of fun know what they are doing. I am a good swimmer and I love being in the water so I felt very confident going in the river. Though this is nothing I had done before. You really... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This was a cool attraction and one that I would do again. There are a ton of raft adventure companies around Queenstown but Serious Fun gets you into the rapids to ride the water. Standing waves allow you to surf a wave that never breaks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Had an awesome time doing this yesterday, good bunch of crew/instructors, they look after you down the river and are friendly and good fun! Think its safe to say everyone in the group enjoyed, I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Had a really good time on this trip. It is in an absolutely epic location and the guides were fantastic. If you are looking to do something a little different I would definitely recommend this trip!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Took my daughter's, 10, 13, 15 and they too loved it. Having white water raft a ton I thought it would help but it is nothing like that. Note it was a bit of workout so come prepared to kick a bit. Guides were awesome and really kept an extra eye on the kids, but for most part they did... More 

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