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Half-Day Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

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  • Shoot the rapids on New Zealand's Shotover River
  • Use of wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet
  • Hot showers and sauna available post-adventure
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Half-Day Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown
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Step across this great frontier and meet the challenge of white water rafting on Queenstowns famous Shotover River.
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10am Shotover River Rafting
Step across this great frontier and meet the challenge of white water rafting on Queenstowns famous Shotover River.
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Step across this great frontier and meet the challenge of white water rafting on Queenstowns famous Shotover River.
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Overview
Shoot the rapids on the Shotover River on this half-day tour from Queenstown, a great choice for thrill seekers. Under the supervision of a guide, you'll brave the wild rapids, raft through the Oxenbridge Tunnel, and drop into the Cascade Rapid. Instruction and all necessary equipment (wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet) are included. Plus, a choice of morning or afternoon departure let's you fit this tour into any schedule.
What to Expect
Step across this great frontier and meet the challenge of white water rafting on Queenstown’s famous Shotover River. The trip begins with a scenic drive through Skippers Canyon which drops you on the beach of the Shotover River where your rafting will begin.  

Then hop in the rafts to experience the rugged beauty and unspoilt grandeur of the breathtaking scenery as you conquer this wild and untamed river. Tackle six rapid sections along the Shotover River, with stretches of calm water to take in the views, go for a swim, and soak up its gold mining history.

The long and narrow grade 4-5 ‘Mother’ section is made up of rapids such as ‘Aftershock’, ‘Sqeeze’, ‘Toilet’ and ‘Pinball’ and is sure to get your heart racing. Raft through the darkness of the 170 metre Oxenbridge Tunnel and shoot the Cascade Rapid to complete the rafting adventure.
Reviews (17)
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Reviewed 6 days ago
AWESOME

Queenstown Rafting guides were awesome, especially Ico! The rapids are really good, everyone is safe, would do this again in a flash!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wulfsolter
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for the great feedback! We think our guides are awesome too – they always look out for everyone and make sure that you have an exciting trip. We’d love to have you back on another trip whenever you come back to visit Queenstown again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Awesome Experience

From a couple of late 50 year olds, we thought it was well organised, very helpful staff and great fun. I was more than a little scared at the prospect of doing this activity at first but our guide was wonderful and coached us all...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Over50Travellers
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, we are so happy you enjoyed the experience with us and were pleased with the organisation and our friendly staff. The guides are great at making you feel calm and safe during the trip and always make sure you have the...More

Reviewed November 8, 2018
Amazing!

Challenge Rafting was well-planned and exciting 😊 First we were gathered at the Challenge Rafting HQ. Then travelled for 1hr or so up the hilly ‘mini’ mountains with our tour-guide who doubled as our safety guy for our rafting trip. The bus trip up to...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Sarahfrancis90
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for leaving us a review and it’s great that you found the Kawarau Rafting really exciting. Our guides always have interesting and amusing commentary on the bus journeys to all our trips on the way to the river. It’s really nice to hear that...More

Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile
Great fun

Very nice trip, the staff is amazing. Security is first priority! And they make sure that everyone felt calm and safe. The price is a little to expensive.

Thank Mikkel S
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Thank you for such positive feedback, we are happy to hear that you felt safe for the whole trip with our experienced guides and had a good time with us! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed March 3, 2018
So much fun and surpassed all my expectations!

Despite being apprehensive when booking this (on recommendation from my hostel), I was so pleasantly surprised and rafting down the Shotover river was definitely a highlight of my trip to New Zealand. The guides were all friendly, engaging and knew what they were doing -...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank londonlily9
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

It's great to hear that this was one of your highlights from visiting New Zealand. We’re so happy to have such experienced and friendly guides! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

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