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Family Adventures

39 Shotover St | Across from Ferg!, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
+64 3-442 8836
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Ranked #12 of 172 Activities in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: A gentle scenic excursion packed with family fun for everyone from 3 to 103 years old. We take a unique 45 min drive into Skippers Canyon, an iconic... more » Owner description: A gentle scenic excursion packed with family fun for everyone from 3 to 103 years old. We take a unique 45 min drive into Skippers Canyon, an iconic area steeped in gold mining history, then float down gentle grade 1 and 2 rapids on the famous Shotover River in either guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. See gold mining relics and sheer canyon walls as we navigate the river with rapid swims and rock jumps. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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Perth, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This was a great introduction to rafting for first timers! We are a family of 4 - Mum & Dad and 2 teenage girls. I'd never been rafting before and our youngest was 13 years old, so we wanted an experience without the fear of anyone falling out, and one that was safe. We looked at the other rafting options... More

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Hey Hughes Family ! :-) Thanks heaps for the review, we had a lot of fun too blowing out the winter cobwebs! Thanks again. More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We are in Queenstown, surely we need to do river rafting!!! And I was relieved to find this family friendly river rafting activity suitable for our 5 year old and a 4.5 months pregnant woman (that's me). It is currently low season so we had a private tour just for the 3 of us. Woo hoo!! Our 2 guides, Simon... More

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Our first review for the 2014-2015 season! Thanks for your feedback and we wish you all the best with the arrival of your next wee one. See you in 3 1/2 years when he/she is old enough to come on another trip :-) Take care. More

Yarragon, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

When these guys say they do family adventures, they don't mean: 'It'll keep the kids happy - what more do you want?' They mean: 'You're all going to have a great time!' We went rafting with them in late January, and it was far and away the highlight of our time in Queenstown. The guys at Family Adventures make the... More

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for your feedback :-) we love what we do and it's great to hear that it bears fruit when we read feedback like yours! More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I'd read the reviews before we went and really wanted to do this trip. luckily our trip to Queenstown coincided with the last few days of their season and we managed to book on to an afternoon tour and even got some decent weather. Firstly, a massive thanks to Mark and Dean who looked after us. From the dramatic scenery... More

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, we really love to hear people's feedback and are stoked you all had an amazing time. There are so many amazing things to do in our wee town, to hear we were the highlight is just awesome. Thanks! More

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Thank you so much Family Adventures for looking after my school group of 36. The students had an amazing time and was one of their highlights from our visit to Queenstown. Family Adventures are professional, personable, flexible and made sure everyone had a fun time :)

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks, we had a lot of fun too :-) More

England
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

A great time was had by all, rafting was gentle enough but still exciting for our two boys. A bit of a history lesson thrown in by the guide, Marshall, and plenty of cheesy jokes!

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Cheesy jokes? C'mon!!!! LOL Thanks for your feedback, Mark has picked up some new jokes during his hibernation last winter .... More

Shanghai, China
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Family Adventures is a great option for families who want to go whitewater rafting. We have three boys (14, 12 and 8) and all three of them had a great time. The scenery is breathtaking and the rafting is a great introduction to kids who have never done it. Jumping off the rock was a ton of fun as well.

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback - it's great to hear that you all had an awesome time! More

Noumea, New Caledonia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

What a day this was! Last week (early March), the sun came out and off we went on the scary Skipper Road with Marshal, Simon and Richard to the best kind of first-time rafting experience you can have. Scared to death of heights and narrow, windy roads, Marshal was great at reassuring me and keeping me distracted, while the rest... More

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Cheers for the great review! We're happy you and the troops had fun with us! Glad too that you found our trip a breeze, we work hard to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible. Come see us again next time you visit the Wakatipu Basin! Many thanks, -The Team at Family Adventures More

Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

For our very first time with rafting, it was really awesome and impressive nerve-racking experience when we were provided with lots of care and guidance throughout the 2-hour adventure along with the famous Shotover River in Queenstown. Our skipper Richard, from the Netherlands, is really a nice guy with a good sense of humor. He kept telling us the stories... More

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Happy to have you on our Family Adventure! Thanks for coming out with us, and thanks for your time in writing a great review for us. Glad we could check off a "Must Do" activity and entertain you and your family along the way! Our goal is to make the experience safe, enjoyable, and informative. We're happy you enjoyed the... More

Chichester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We were delighted to find a rafting trip that we could take our 3 year old on .. and she loved it! Mark and Richard were great fun, looked after us really well and made the trip very memorable. Worth going for the scenery alone - absolutely stunning. We felt in very safe and experienced hands. Thank you.

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Hey guys thanks for taking the time to respond! Glad we made some memories for you and your daughter. We're so thankful to have families like yours to show the wonderful scenery of Skipper's Canyon. If you're ever back in QT come back and see us again! Cheers, -The Team at Family Adventures More

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