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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 #8 of 157 activities in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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 young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
1 review
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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England
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Shanghai, China
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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 Central, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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4 reviews 4 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

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Hi, Before going to rafting trip on 5th Feb, i was bit worried about my 4 year old daughter. But as suggested by our travel agent "happy Travel", it was quite safe in the right hand and guidance of professionals li Mark, Simond & Richard. We had lovely rafting, safe and sound and we enjoyed a lot. Good Work

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

A raft trip for both young and not so young! We're certainly happy your travel agent sent you our way! Mark, Simon, and Richard are three of our best, and have the right experience and knowledge to provide a great 'soft' adventure. Thanks for your killer review, hope to catch you in the future for more rafting fun! Cheers, -The... More

Perth, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Our family of 6 with children ranging in ages from 3-10 had a brilliant time on this raft trip. Marshall was absolutely fantastic with the kids from the moment we got in the van. We spent 11 days in the South Island and without a doubt this still ranks as our favourite activity. Thanks guys.

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

"Favorite Activity" is a hard won title in Queenstown, and we're really pleased we've got your vote. Our trip starts the moment you get in, so lean back and enjoy the ride! Thanks for your outstanding review, and we hope to see you again some day! Cheers, -The Team at Family Adventures More

San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Family Adventures was a lucky find. Mark and his team provided a wonderful experience for the whole family. Our 8-year old twin daughters enjoyed every moment on the raft, from the rock jumping to the paddling. The bus ride was fun and our guide, Richard, was entertaining but knowledgable about the area and the river. A great experience for the... More

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

We sure feel lucky you found us! Glad you got to see Mark and Richard at their finest. We're pleased we got to go out with you on your daughter's first rafting trip. We'll be looking forward to seeing you again! Cheers for the outstanding review too! -The Team at Family Adventures More

Noumea, New Caledonia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We were 2 adults and 2 girls (8&10 years old), never rafted before. Everything is perfect : the bus trip on the track to the basecamp is awesome, the equipment, the organization are excellent and really designed to welcome young children, the rafting down the river is perfectly adapted and the landscape is absolutely marvelous. Special thanks to Simon, our... More

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Cheers guys for the awesome review! Glad you picked up on all our strengths, we work hard to make everything as fun and easy as can be. We're glad you took the time to tell us about your experience! Stop in and see us next time you and the family are in Queenstown! Thanks again, -The Team at Family Adventures More

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