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Address: 39 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Phone Number: (0)3 442 5262

Experience the thrill of body boarding down the Kawarau River with the...

Experience the thrill of body boarding down the Kawarau River with the original riversurfing company! Forget about any white water activity you`ve ever seen. This is Serious Fun Riversurfing. The most exciting, exhilarating and interactive water activity on the planet. Each trip begins in a calm section of the river; the guides give you a full safety briefing and teach you the basics in riversurfing before you set off on your white water adventure. We have the world’s most experienced and qualified guides and 100% safety record since 1989. Where did it all begin? Jon Imhof, a surfer from Hawaii, came to Queenstown to go snowboarding and he liked Queenstown so much that he decided to stay for summer. Missing the waves of the ocean, he looked for an alternative and came up with the crazy idea to follow the rafters down the Shotover River and surf waves on his body board. Although the rapids were great, he found it was too shallow and decided to go down the Kawarau River instead, and the sport of riversurfing was born.In 1989, with riversurfing in high demand, Jon established Serious Fun Riversurfing, the original riversurfing company. A few years later, after looking for other suitable locations around the world, Jon started a sister company on the Zambezi in 1995 and some of the African guides took the sport up to the White Nile in Uganda, and to this day, these are the only three places in the world you can go riversurfing!

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My husband really wanted to do this, and I hadn't researched it at all prior to signing us up, thinking it can't be too hard, I boogie back home in Florida at the beach all the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Pensacola, Florida

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband really wanted to do this, and I hadn't researched it at all prior to signing us up, thinking it can't be too hard, I boogie back home in Florida at the beach all the time. This riversurfing shouldn't be too hard! They asked me if I was a strong swimmer when I made the reservation, and I said... More 

Thank tammlynn
Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Wicked fun day river surfing on body boards.. Not ideal weather but the fun made up for it. Friendly and funny tour guides made it worth it too.

Thank lioneld987
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We had great day. Very good and funny guide (BK). They know what they're doing. Would recommend this trip to everybody.

Thank Samuel T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Me and my friend took a shot at this activity when we were visiting queenstown. I was loathed to get in a raft and do it let alone be in Rapids on a body board. Guides show you the ropes in the water and get you used to being in Rapids before you set off for the first run. Everyone... More 

Thank Ross M
Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

After spending a few days in the Remarkables it was just good to have some fun on the river. Good times, you get to do it twice. The guides are very professional. Thanks for an awesome day guys, see you next time 👍🏻

Thank XtremepeteX
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

Heaps of fun surfing some pretty hectic water and rapids. The guides were awesome and felt really safe with them tailing us in the water. Pretty cold but wet suits did the job! The second run was more full on! Gutted we didn't buy photos!

Thank Chlosungys
Orange, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2016

Never done anything like this before, in the hands of Rose and Lewis I was completely comfortable and had a great time running through the course twice and rock jumping off the side of the river

Thank Thomas D
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

Did this with my two boys (8 and 10yo) on the way to Queenstown. The river was pretty cold and fast. The boys did it twice, they enjoyed it that much!. Guides were great with the kids. Recommend to all who enjoy water.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016

We were a group of 50 year old + and some of us a little hesitant about the day. However the guys who were our guides were very professional and very experienced and looked after all 7 of us very well. Highly recommend it to anyone who is considering. A real bucket list adventure worth the money. Tony Gold Coast

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

To truly experience the river you have to be in it. While in Queenstown I wanted one experience way out of my comfort zone - and this was it. You need a decent level of water confidence, fitness and strength for sledging. I was committed, but anxious. Our guides, Lewis & Neil, were fantastic - friendly, calm, reassuring. Nothing would... More 

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