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Challenge Rafting

112 reviews
Queenstown, New Zealand
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About Challenge Rafting
Challenge Rafting operates exciting half-day trips on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers in Queenstown. The Kawarau River is suited to first time rafters or those wanting a taste of rafting and is accessed by vehicle. The Shotover River is accessed by vehicle through the historic Skippers Canyon forged out by goldminers during the big Gold Rush. This road is inaccessible in winter and for this reason Heli-rafting is offered in winter on the Shotover River.
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5 reviews
Shoot the grade II and III rapids on the Kawarau River with a guide on this half-day tour from Queenstown. Even beginners will feel safe and comfortable with expert supervision and instruction, as well as all provided equipment included. Take a swim through a rapid, jump off a cliff, and learn about the natural environment on this family-friendly trip that includes plenty of calm spots for splashing and floating.
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$134.51 per adult
19 reviews
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.
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$161.55 per adult
Helicopter and Shotover River Rafting Combo from Queenstown
2 reviews
Combine two exciting Queenstown adventures on a half-day 'helirafting' tour that explores the region by air and water. Board a helicopter for a scenic flight to the white-water rafting launch site, cruise above the rock walls and blue water of Skippers Canyon, then land on a river-side beach. Next, suit up for a challenging white-water rafting trip down the Shotover River, taking on a series of rapids that flow through high cliffs and chutes.
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$235.90 per adult
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Reviewed January 25, 2019 via mobile

Party of two “mid-aged” couples had a great rafting experience with Super Sally and co. Highly recommend the Heli flight rather than the bus/road. Magnificent vista meandering through the canyon. Super Sally whipped us novices into shape with her wit and cool calm demeanor. Very...More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2019

The helicopter flight into Skipper’s Canyon is really exciting at it’s great to hear you loved that part of the trip. It’s an exhilarating helicopter ride right through the canyon landing down at the river for the start of the rafting trip. We are glad...More

Reviewed January 20, 2019 via mobile

We had Captain Jack as our guide as he was great. Very friendly, professional and kept us motivated and safe. This was a good entry level rafting trip. Please note at the moment no photos taken on the raft but they are looking to introduce...More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2019

It’s great to hear you enjoyed yourselves and that Captain Jack looked after you and ensured you had an exciting trip. The trips are suitable for anyone even if it is your first time rafting, as long as you are a confident swimmer. We are...More

Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

We found rafting to be a great experience and the instructors were very knowledgeable. There is a steep walk whilst carrying paddles down to the rafts to commence the activity. Unfortunately, we found Challenge Rafting to be poorly run and unorganised towards the end of...More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2019

We are happy that you had a good trip with us and are glad to hear good feedback about our experienced and knowledgeable guides. I’m sorry to hear that the hot showers were not working, this is a very rare occurrence and has been followed...More

Reviewed January 1, 2019

We did this with our group of 7 friends during our stay in Queenstown. Our group had to split up into 2 rafts which was fine - 4 on one, 3 on another. Sally was our guide on our raft and she was outstanding. Very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2019

It’s lovely having a large group out on our trips as you can watch your friends go through the rapids too. The guides all know the river so well and always manage to stay calm whilst guiding customers through the rapids. You’re right, it’s really...More

Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

After checking in at the store in Queenstown, there’s a 10 minute bus ride to the start/finish station. There, you are outfitted with a complete wetsuit and booties, helmet and a life jacket. 45 minutes in a bus that can get quite warm (take off...More

Thank kegger911
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2019

It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us and enjoyed the scenic ride out to the river, Skipper’s Canyon road is an absolutely stunning drive. We’re really honoured to have such professional guides who know the river like the back of their...More

Reviewed December 13, 2018

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 December 18, 2018

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 November 16, 2018

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
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2018

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

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
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded November 18, 2018

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 October 29, 2018

It was a great experience and definitely will do it again if i got chance again. Do opt for grade 5 shotover rafting as its more exciting but take note that your insurance might not cover you for grade 3 and above. It will takes...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Leo L
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2018

Thanks for your review, we’re glad you enjoyed the rafting and that you’d like to do it again! Both our Kawarau and Shotover trips are exciting but it’s true that the Shotover Rafting is more adventurous. Whitewater Rafting is an adventure activity so depending on...More

Reviewed September 7, 2018

I recently came here with a colleague and loooooved every second of it! We were given excellent safety briefings, the views from the helicopter were absolutely stunning, and the rafting that followed was not only crazy fun but also breathtakingly beautiful. Massive shout out to...More

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

Thanks for this amazing feedback, we love the helicopter flight into Skipper’s Canyon and the breath-taking views of the river too. Happy to hear our super star team accommodated you well! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

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