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Address: 39 Camp Street, Queenstown 9437, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 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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River surfing is boogie boarding down a river with rapids. It's as much fun as it sounds. You have to be in decent shape! It was a lot harder than I expected because I ended... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Allentown, Pennsylvania

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

River surfing is boogie boarding down a river with rapids. It's as much fun as it sounds. You have to be in decent shape! It was a lot harder than I expected because I ended up doing a lot of kicking. This should not stop you from doing it - just make sure you're smart before you go there. Stay... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the most amazing experiences I've ever had so far in New Zealand and the best water sports I've done! The guides were very helpful and told us everything that was going to happen once we were in the water, and helped us out throughout the rapids down stream. I was so scared when I was there to do... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you have time while you're in Queenstown Riverboarding is a must do. So much fun especially on a hot day, what a great way to cool down and have fun at the same time.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this activity. So exciting. Excellent staff, friendly and helpful, and took the time to chat which is a change from other activities where you feel part of a baggage belt operation :-)

Thank katubradu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The big night out crew went on a work party. The staff were amazing and so helpful! I would definitely recommend this to any work parties in town that want to get wet!

Thank Bobiark
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dallas and Benji really made this experience great. They know the river so well, and always made you feel like they were in control. It was an awesome excursion to do in Queenstown!

Thank mattknox40
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not be fooled, river surfing is meant for people who are in good shape and like adventure. I went with my husband (50) and son (16), and I'm 46. Take advantage of the included bus out/back as you will be tired and will not want to self-drive on the way home. Our family loves boogie boarding, so when I... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went out on the afternoon Riversurfing trip, what a blast!! The team was lovely, right from the start they told us what to expect while being in the river and how to handle the currents. We got kitted out at their base with wetsuits, lifevests and helmets and headed off to the river. Before jumping in the guides Benji and... More 

Thank OhLookAView
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had such a great time with Serious Fun Riversurfing in December 2016. What a fantastic activity to do in Queenstown! The team at Serious Fun Riversurfing were fun, safe, supportive and professional. Our entire group enjoyed the riversurfing experience. I recommend highly! Thanks for a great experience!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Would definitely recommend this activity for anyone visiting Queenstown. Activity instructors were great at guiding and helping, which made it feel more safe going through the Rapids!

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