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“Great fun and scenic views with a raise of adrenaline”
Review of Family Adventures

Family Adventures
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$135.47*
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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

A pretty safe way to raise your adrenaline and enjoy the beautiful landscape around Queenstown. Being on the refreshing turquoise water of the river in Skippers canyon is a unique experience itself. Adding to this some exciting rapids and guides who entertain you while making sure that you are 100% safe is an experience that is a must for everyone visiting Queenstown. The jumping rock is pretty cool too

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We had an amazing time going rafting. We were at first worried because our daughter did not meet the necessary weight to do a more advanced rafting trip, and were afraid that it would not be exiting, and it would be with a lot of very young kids. We were very pleased with the day, and it was perfect for us. The bus takes a hair raising drive along a cliff ridge, which added to the fun. The guides were amazing, always adding jokes and making it a whole lot more fun. Our guide, Marshall was great and hilariously funny all along the drive and the rafting trip. We arrived at the starting point and got our pictures taken, as the start is at a filming sight of The Lord of the Rings movie. The rafting was really fun, and the guide helped us stay coordinated and avoid the rocky edges. The group stopped to do some rock jumping, and we had a few splash battles along the way. The rapids were a lot of fun, but it was a relaxing ride, with some peaceful drifting along the way. The guides went through some of the history of the shotover river, which used to be a very popular spot for gold mining. After the final race to the end, which our raft proudly won, we collected our wishing rocks and set off back to the Family Adventures base, which is where we left our things and put on wet suits at the beginning of the trip. It was a really fun day and a great Queenstown experience.

1  Thank Motorola27
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We did this in December 2012 and really enjoyed ourselves. The rafting was a great experience. Mark and Simon made us at ease, even for our younger two boys. Beyond the rafting, our boys also enjoyed the jokes and are also amused to see the "blue hooded wild duck". We took pictures at one of the Lord of the Rings filming site and also tossed wishing rocks from an old bungee jumping bridge. The next time we are in Queenstown, we will do this all over again.

Thank AllyHong
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

My kids who are 4 and 6 really enjoyed it! The staff is great and they really know how to entertain people. My kids wanted to raft once more. I really recommend them!!!!!

Thank Elena r
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We did the rafting in early January and our two boys (aged almost 3 and the other 4 yrs) absolutely loved being on the raft. There was enough crashing and splashing to provide them with excitement. The team were also fantastic and extremely helpful in getting us ready. Highly recommend for families with young children!

Thank Vickie M
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