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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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Super family fun afternoon

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Bec_Christensen
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 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 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had 3 very fussy and grumpy kids aged 6, 8, 16 who initially were reluctant to do any sort of sporting activity. It is a minor miracle that the wonderful, capable team of mark, simon and Jordan, managed to put huge grins on everyone's faces and orcestrate a seamless, fun filled day. Even for our unsporty ones! They had... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for your feedback - and yes that is one mean camera-eating river. We know, as we have lost a few cameras ourselves over the years :-). Thanks again for coming with us! More 

Canberra
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We grandparents, our two grandchildren and their parents enjoyed every aspect of this outing: the spectacular drive down to the Shotover river, the company of laid back humorous staff as they put us to work on the raft paddles, though hardly needed in a fine, swift river that does all the work and ensures enough safe thrills on the rapids... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback - we appreciate, having families of our own, that it costs a lot of money to keep a family entertained while on the holiday of a lifetime. We keep our prices as low as possible with this in mind too, but it is still a big outlay for a family, we know that. And that is... More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My wife and I did the rafting trip as well as the terrifying ride through Skippers Canyon with owner Mark and Andre. They normally like to have 3 people but accommodated having just us. The staff is fun, engaging, and know how not to let you die on Skippers CanyonRd. Mark clearly enjoys his work and his clients and that... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Love your comments about the road :-) thanks for your feedback! More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Feb 14th 2015 - just got back to our apartment with one very tired 4 year old who had an absolute blast on this brilliant family day out. Our family ages ranged from 64 to 4 years and we all had a great time! Andre and Simon were excellent guides telling us about the area and keeping us entertained on... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback - yes parents, we specialise in wearing out your kids, guaranteeing a good night's sleep while on holiday LOL. Summer is still in full swing here in QT! More 

melbourne australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

our family (two adults & three children) did this early January & had a blast. Staff were great & made sure everyone had a good time. Perhaps not for real thrill seekers, but if you are looking for a great family day out - not too strenuous but with just enough thrills & magnificent scenery - then this is for... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Close your eyes or sit on the opposite side in the vehicle LOL. We agree the road is AMAAAZING, one of the world's engineering feats. Thanks heaps for your comments. More 

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