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Address: 39 Shotover St | Across from Ferg!, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-442 8836
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Description: A gentle scenic excursion packed with family fun for everyone from 3 to...
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.
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Unique Sightseeing and Rafting Trip through Skippers Canyon
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Fantastic family rafting

This whitewater rafting is one of the highlights of our New Zealand holiday. I am very glad that we went rafting with Family Adventures. But I have to add a caveat, Skippers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This whitewater rafting is one of the highlights of our New Zealand holiday. I am very glad that we went rafting with Family Adventures. But I have to add a caveat, Skippers Canyon road is genuinely scary. Maybe not Andean roads scary, but scary enough now that I have a family and kids. The road looked to be very professionally... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is a wonderful introduction to white water rafting for newbies like us. The guides are excellent. Genuinely friendly with lots of humour. The trip to and from the river through skippers canyon was great fun in itself with fantastic scenery and hair raising bends. You will get wet and it is a joy in the beautiful crystal clear waters.... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

When we first read your review we were going to say, not sure about that warm bit, but then we realised you visited us in January, when it would definitely have been hot :-) thanks again for your feedback! More 

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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This rafting trip is a must do while in Queenstown for all ages. Our guides Mark and Andre are so knowledgeable and make you feel like family. The bus trip to skippers canyon is amazing,the scenery is spectacular and to learn about the history of the area was very informative. The rafting was exceptional with a good refreshing dip. Highly... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for your feedback, great to hear you had a blast. Thanks for choosing to come with us! Take care. More 

Jasper, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The staff, the ride in, the trip itself all were exceptional! You can't beat the scenery, and they have no control over that. What they do control is the thoughtful and professional way their guides treated everyone on the trip. You really felt like family! Andre, our guide, was knowledgable without being over bearing, funny, gracious and sincerely loved his... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for your feedback, good to hear we are getting things right - almost done here in the southern hemisphere, we are about to head off into our winter slumber... take care, cheers. More 

Shanghai, China
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41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This rafting trip was the highlight of our trip to NZ. Our boys, ages 4 and 6, loved the whole experience, from the drive through Skipper's Canyon and getting dressed in gear, to getting splashed by the motor boats and finally the chocolate chip cookie finale. We had the luxury of a whole raft to ourselves with Simon as our... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback - we did have unseasonally cold weather this year during the first part of April, with even some snow down to lake level in Queenstown - far too early for our liking. We even had to cancel a few trips because there was a good cover of snow on Skippers Road, unheard of for this time... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

It was our first day in NZ. It was gorgeous day in Queenstown. And our family of five started our holiday with a bang when Simon and Jordan took us into Skippers Canyon for a whitewater rafting adventure on the Shotover River. The expressions on the kids faces (11,9 and 7 years) were priceless as we turned onto the steep,... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Your very first day in NZ & you got stuck in immediately with us!!!! We are honoured - great to hear that your whole family had a blast, thanks again for coming out with us, and we hope the rest of your stay in NZ was just as good :-)! More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My 6 year old son and I went rafting and had a fabulous time. The drive through Skipper's Canyon was spectacular and our guides made it more interesting with the history of the gold rush. The rafting is gentle and very safe. Our guide Simon was great with the kids. A very professional outfit and definitely a trip worth going... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks Blockhead (great avatar)! Didn't see any beagles flying around in their Sopwith Camels while traveling through the gorge ;-)? Great to hear you enjoyed, thanks again for coming with us! More 

Gold Coast
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Had a choice between jet boats and Family Adventures Rafting. Chose the family adventures as it was more of an experience and couldn't be happier with our choice. Started with a drive out to Skippers Canyon with great stories about the gold rush era (as well as terrible jokes which had the whole bus in stitches) followed by around a... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

WE are GLAD you chose us :-) & yes the water is slightly cooler than what one experiences on the GC. Great to hear you all enjoyed it, thanks again! More 

Perth, Australia
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

What a fantastic day out for the whole family! From the youngest (3 yrs) to the oldest (44 yrs) we all had an amazing day. A big thank you to Jordan and Simon - fantastic hosts on what was a spectacular day out. I was a bit worried about taking my 3 yr old daughter but it was completely safe... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for your feedback - don't tell anyone about the freezing water!!! For anyone reading this, the water is actually quite warm and very refreshing LOL. Thanks again for coming out with us! More 

Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This was a cracking afternoon out with our two young children (aged 4 and 5 yrs). Jordan and Simon (The Ant and Dec of Queenstown) were hilarious and full of dreadful jokes which kept us entertained throughout the afternoon! The drive out to the river is an adventure in itself and spectacular views of snowcapped mountains. Lots of refreshments and... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

I had to look up who Ant & Dec were LOL - haven't quite reached NZ shores yet. Thanks heaps for your feedback, great to hear you & your family had such a ball! More 

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