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Address: The Station Building | Cnr Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Phone Number: +6434427318
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Challenge Rafting operates exciting half-day trips on the Shotover and...

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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Fun fun fun, even in a cold day :)

I went in May just weeks before the ski season. Was concerned about cold. But the wetsuit is warm and there is enough physical movement to keep completely warm. At on slower... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2016
Kaarel S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I went in May just weeks before the ski season. Was concerned about cold. But the wetsuit is warm and there is enough physical movement to keep completely warm. At on slower section we even jumped into the river for a little swim :) Guides a great. All very professional and experienced. The trip to the starting point via "New... More 

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Thank Kaarel S
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Kaarel S, thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your rafting tour back in May. Queenstown can get quite cold especially over the winter season so we try to ensure we use the best equipment to keep our customers warm. We are sorry you were made... More 

Darwin, Australia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

The guides on the river do everything they can to make it an enjoyable day however it was still a fairly tame experience. The rapids weren't overly challenging and the helicopter ride, while scenic, was quite short (about 5mins). There is also a lot of waiting around prior eg be at the meeting point by no later than 8am but... More 

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Thank Tim B
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Tim, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are sorry you did not find the trip as adrenaline filled as you would have liked. With the unpredictable forecast it is hard to guarantee a particular river level. We hope you get the opportunity to experience our trip at high water as it is a... More 

Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

We did the shotover river on a rainy morning, perfect! The river had some cool drops and Tom (our guide) made it even more fun. It costs quite some money, but def worth it.

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Thank TATESSA
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Tatessa, we are happy to hear you had a fun time rafting in the rain with Tom yesterday. He is a wonderful asset to the Team. If you have any awesome rafting in the rain photos that you wish to share with us, please feel free to attach them via Trip Advisor, Facebook (@Challengerafting) or Instagram (#Challengerafting). More 

Zeist, Utrecht, Netherlands
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Had a great morning rafting! It costed quite a fortune (being a traveler) but it was very well organized and good fun! Tom, our guide, kicked balls! We all survived and he even shared his pork pie with me. Credits for that ✌🏻️

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Thank Lotte v
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Lotte, thanks for taking the time to tell us about your rafting experience. It is great to hear our guides go above and beyond. I am sure your review will make Toms day. More 

Sydney, Australia
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75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

We went out on a chilly morning, but were kitted up really well with wet suits etc. Our guide James (jamie?) Was really informative and fun throughout the day. We even got an upgrade to heli rafting which was amazing! Definitely worth doing whilst in queenstown.

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Thank teeksseeks27
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hi Teeksseeks27, thanks for your review. That’s fantastic to hear you had an amazing time on our Heli-Raft trip and that our 10mm wetsuits kept you toasty. The flight into Skippers Canyon is definitely a stunning sight! If you have any photos you would like to show us, please feel free to attach them via Trip Advisor, Facebook (@Challengerafting) or... More 

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47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

Well run afternoon, with some great Rapids for a beginner. Local guide was informative and amusing. Skippers Canyon Road getting there is part of the thrill.

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Thank Bill D
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Thank you very much Bill for your feedback. We are thrilled you had a great day rafting with us! We also enjoy adventuring the Skippers Canyon Road. If you have any photos of the day on Facebook which you would like to share with us, please tag @challengerafting in the picture. We would love to see them! More 

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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

What is provided : . Wet Suit . Rubber shoes . Helmet . Life Jacket What to bring: . GoPro to attach to the helmet . Suntan lotion - you will get burn Great 2.5 hours rafing down the river. Guides are very experience and no prior rafting experience is necessary.. However, you need to be physically fit as the... More 

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Thank D24d24
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Hey, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for us. We always love to get great feedback on our staff, it’s a great boost for the team! The information you have taken the time to provide will be really useful for our customers. We agree the trip is both beautiful and awesome fun. I hope you... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

Everyone was so friendly and all knew what they were doing, checking that all the gear and safety equipment worked then getting another person to double check it, Mathias our raft guide making funny jokes and keeping us all safe and having fun through the rapids, Good Half day trip to do while in Queenstown it also has amazing views... More 

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Thank rotolocol
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us. We are thrilled you enjoyed your trip and will pass on your positive feedback to Mathias. The raft guides are great at making the trip fun, whilst making sure everyone is safe and well. Thanks again for coming out with us and we hope to see you again... More 

San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016 via mobile

I have been going on rafting trips from Australia to back home in the united stated. I rate this experience five stars because it was different, super fun, our guide Brad was a very cool upbeat person and it was 15 Km of great workout.

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Thank sfrunner30
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback and we’re glad you enjoyed your rafting trip down the mighty Shotover River. We will be sure to pass on your awesome feedback to Brad! We are pleased to see that you have rated us in such high regard, especially having rafted all over the world! This is exactly what we aim for... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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96 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

What a morning this was. We arrived at the meeting point which was well organised - they were ready with lists of passengers and loaded us onto buses to take us out to the rafting base building. As we got off the buses we were directed through a bit of a factory line, first receiving a wetsuit and wetsuit boots... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your trip with us. The raft guides have a lot of knowledge and experience, and are great at coaching on the water. We are delighted that you recognised this, and enjoyed your trip. We will pass on your positive feedback to Chief! The river levels aren’t at its highest in the summer,... More 

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