Serious Fun Riverboarding
Serious Fun Riverboarding
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River Rafting & TubingAdrenaline & Extreme ToursSurfing & Windsurfing
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
The ultimate Queenstown water activity for true adventure seekers. Come Riverboarding on the Kawarau River, home of river surfing, with the world's pioneering company. Ride grade 2 to 3 rapids on modified bodyboards or specially built sledges for an exciting, thrilling and proactive adventure. If you love thrills, nature, pristine waters, amazing scenery and a good dose of adventure, look no further. During this epic Queenstown activity experience the rush of swimming through raging rapids, surfing standing waves, riding whirlpools, squirting, playing on eddy lines and trying some wicked rock jumps. Choose the trip that suits you the most, harness the power of the Kawarau River and be prepared to have the trip of a lifetime. They are all designed to quench your thirst for adventure. Highlights: * Surf a river wave * Enjoy pristine New Zealand scenery * Play on giant eddy lines * Conquer a wild river with rapids grade 2 to 3 * Experience the river at face level
Queenstown, New Zealand

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Anna J
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We had the most amazing day today river surfing with Riverboarding Queenstown. What an exhilarating challenge! We are a family of four with an 11 year old and an 8 year old and the Riverboarding crew took amazing care of all of us. It was so much fun and a definite highlight of our holiday. The facilities were fantastic - all the gear provided was very good condition, the wetsuits were clean and kept us very warm and we had a one guide for two participants so we all felt very safe. (Kids under 12 get their own guide which means this activity is very achievable). I would highly recommend this activity for any family looking to raise the adrenaline levels!
Written January 12, 2020
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Thanks for the fantastic review! It's so good to hear it was a highlight of your holiday and that you recommend it to other families. Hopefully see you next time!
Written January 27, 2020
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TheHarmans
Perth, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
What a wonderful afternoon ....... I’m not a great swimmer and was pretty nervous about rolling down rapids on a boogie board.

However, we were swamped with advice, training and positive vibes prior to setting off and the party of six had three leaders looking after us which was comforting.

I don’t know how quite to describe how exhilarating and thrilling the run was but we’ve done a lot of adrenaline sports on this holiday and this was right up there ...

Get out there and give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed....
Written January 16, 2020
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Thanks for the amazing review! It's very exhilarating and good to hear that's it's up there as one of the best adrenaline sport! See you next time!
Written January 27, 2020
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Rina8823
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Such a fun activity run by such a fun group of people. Although I was very apprehensive prior to doing this activity, this was one of the best things we did whilst in Queenstown. I felt safe the entire time, and Dallas, Ben, Sam and Ella were so helpful and safety conscious and able to assist on both runs, that even when I felt nervous, I knew one of them was close by. Ben was exceptional (he did the first run with me)! Such a great activity, made better by such a great group running it!
Written February 9, 2020
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Thanks for the great review and the shoutout to our guides!! You're right they are the best, I'll pass your message on. It's an amazing trip that is made even better by our fantastic guides. Thanks again and see you next time!!
Written February 10, 2020
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Melanie R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Genuinely fun way to see a bit of the river and a different sort of adventure tour, but was more challenging than I’d expected.

Although it was challenging I felt safe the entire time and they had a good staff:tourist ratio so one of the two guides weren’t far at all times. They did a great job of speeding people up and slowing people down so we stayed together.

The bigger rapids were short so you were through quickly and some smaller rapids that were a lot longer. A lot of fun - but you need to be a confident swimmer or I think fun would quickly become scary. I wish I was a stronger swimmer as I struggled a few times moving across the rapids - but the guides were quick to help.

I’d go again and look for this activity in other areas. The photos are expensive for a solo traveller - so I gave those a miss.
Written May 10, 2024
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Thanks Melanie for the amazing 5 star review! Yes, our trips are a lot of fun and very unique. The guides are highly qualified and experienced and they know the river like the back of their hand!! See you next time!
Written May 28, 2024
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Lewis C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
River boarding was an amazing experience that my girlfriend and I stumbled across online. It involved all the elements and we had an epic time! It's definitely something that should be on everyone's bucket list. The guides were highly trained and professional, and they all had smiles on their faces.
Our trip to Queenstown wouldn't have been the same without them.
Neal, Pav & Teddy , thank you!
Written April 2, 2024
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Hi Lewis, Thanks so much for the awesome 5 star review!! So glad you found us and that it really made your trip to Queenstown! Yes, our guides are amazing and really make our trips extra special. See you next time!
Written April 8, 2024
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MegsM
Auckland, New Zealand635 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Agreed to go river surfing with a bunch of teenage boys - the prep and safety briefings were thorough, although left you in no doubt that this was a risky activity. Very well supported by the guides. Being on the river is exhilarating but certainly requires a good level of fitness.. the boys all went back for a second go, once was plenty for me.
Written February 2, 2021
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Hi Megan, Thanks so much for your fantastic review. Good on you for joining the boys on the trip. It's definitely wet and wild! Yes our guides are awesome, highly qualified and have years of experience. It's an exhilarating, adrenaline rush and bags of fun. You're in the river doing it for yourself so a reasonable amount of fitness is required. See you next time!
Written February 9, 2021
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Stephen
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This is one of the best adventures in Queenstown if you love water. The entire team is incredible and they know how to lead you to some serious fun. This adventure is well worth your time and is a great value for what they provide.
Written January 2, 2023
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Thanks for the amazing review! It is certainly one of the best water adventures in Queenstown. Our guides are amazing and really make the trip. We think it's great value too!! See you next time!
Written January 11, 2023
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likesdwarves
Sydney, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Absolutely phenomenal service from the team. My boy was apprehensive about participating and was then nervous for a lot of the time while he was in the water, and the staff were amazingly patient with him the whole time. (As was a fellow client from NJ, Sebastien - huge shout out to you if you're reading this, mate!) Very, very highly recommend. Thanks to Sam particularly and also Pav, Jack, and Jess!
Written April 30, 2024
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Thanks Warwick for the awesome 5 star review! Our team is amazing and they work very hard to give you all a good time! Thanks for highly recommending us. See you next time!
Written May 1, 2024
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Madamchiro
Vermont, Australia101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Stack up on your Magnesium all you over 40’s as I’ve never had cramps so bad (calf’s) in my life! That said would I do this again. Hell yes!! These guys organized a brilliant, heart pumping afternoon for us and my 2 teen girls. From transport to the location (rapids), water gear and the great experience this is a must do for all you adrenaline junkies.
Written December 5, 2022
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june T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Pav, Sam, Charlie, Jess and Lupine were awesome in making this one of our best experiences in Queenstown. They have all the gear to keep you warm and safe. The instructions are on point and it is a fun second to none. Thanks for the smiles we have on our faces. Do not hesitate to book a river boarding trip with these legends!
Written November 15, 2022
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