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Family Adventures

39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 8836
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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip
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A gentle scenic excursion packed with family fun for everyone from 3 to 103 years old. We take a unique 45 min drive into Skippers Canyon, an iconic area steeped in gold mining history, then float down gentle grade 1 and 2 rapids on the famous Shotover River in either guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. See gold mining relics and sheer canyon walls as we navigate the river with rapid swims and rock jumps.
  • Excellent93%
  • Very good5%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“rafting trip” (25 reviews)
“rock jump” (18 reviews)
LOCATION
39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 8836

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Reviewed January 7, 2015

My parents came over to visit and I wanted them to experience a fun day out. Family adventures rafting was perfect! Our raft guide Simon made sure our bus journey and raft trip was good fun. He even managed to make my mum do the...More

Thank Katiegillingham
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2015

Hey Katie, great to hear you & your folks enjoyed it! Good on your mum for making the jump! Thanks again.

Reviewed January 4, 2015

Family Adventures gets the balance right for famiiles - it is a great adventure for kids - even my 12 year old loved it though the rapids are smalllish. We had a fun time rafting, splashing and jumping into the water.

Thank Alison M
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2015

Hi Alison, thanks for your kind words, great to hear you had fun out there :-) Cheers.

Reviewed January 4, 2015

Thanks guys for an awesome time today. I would highly recommend this to all families who want to experience rafting together. Special mention to the organisation of things and the guides were very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. The skill they had in...More

Thank joycemc2015
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2015

Hi Joyce, & we LOVE our work :-) thanks for the feedback, will pass it on to the crew on the day, cheers!

Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

We had a raft guide called carthy on our trip and he was the best,his local knowledge and jokes was one of the highlights. The trip on the river itself was fairly relaxed and little Rapids to keep you excited and then topped off with...More

2  Thank Ciaran H
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2015

Thanks Ciaran, appreciate hearing from you, take care.

Reviewed January 3, 2015

We had a great time rafting with the team - it is a good introductory rafting experience for my children. The team at family adventures were professional and a lot of fun, including the bad jokes..;)) The equipment provided was upto the mark, the snacks...More

Thank B V
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2015

Thanks heaps for your feedback, really appreciate it, cheers

Reviewed December 31, 2014

My 11 year old (a competent swimmer) and my 5 year old (not much of a swimmer) both had the best time on their rafting adventure, and so did we. We were drawn by the video on Family Adventures' website, and the actual adventure did...More

Thank Maggie L
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2015

Hi Maggie, thanks heaps for this in-depth review, we really appreciate the time & effort that people like yourself put in when posting these reviews. Take care, cheers!

Reviewed December 28, 2014

We took our family of four down the Shotover River with Family Adventures and loved the whole experience. The bus ride down the valley is spectacular with lots of interesting facts about the gold mining history of the area and some amazing views down Skippers...More

Thank MatthewHeath
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2014

The worst jokes in the South Island - surely there is no-one worse in NZ :-0? We aim to have the worst (aka corniest) jokes in NZ, if not the whole wide world lol. If we're not there yet we aim to be so by...More

Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is one of the only water rafting events that allow us kids to be involved too. The event was fun for the whole family and it was not as dangerous as white water rafting for adults. The staff were also very friendly and helpful...More

Thank anthonyzzz
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2014

Thanks Keegan for your thoughts and feedback, and it's great to hear it from a young adult's point of view. It is an awesome trip, we love it so much that during the quiet times we take our own families out on the river for...More

Reviewed December 25, 2014 via mobile

My family with 2 seven yrs old joined the adventure 2 days ago. The adventure was the best part of our trip so far which included not just rafting but also a rock jump and an exciting tour. Totally exceeded our expectation! We all get...More

1  Thank Joshua200710
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2014

Thanks Joshua for your feedback, we love hearing comments like these (who wouldn't? ;-)) Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown, take care.

Reviewed December 22, 2014

Family Adventures is one of the few "adventure" event coordinators in Queenstown that have options for young families. Our kids are between 3-9 years old, and a lot of the fun outdoorsy stuff in Q-town that says "Family Friendly" mean, friendly to families with teen...More

Thank Russell A
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2014

Yes our staff go through a lot of effort finding the corniest jokes on the planet. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) Mark got a book of jokes for X-mas, so expect some gems to come out over the next few...More

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Puteri S
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Hi Puteri, the minimum age to come on our trip is 3 years old. Hope to see you soon! Cheers
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