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“Fantastic Trip with kids”
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Family Adventures
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$140.68*
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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 9, 2014 via mobile

Highly recommended family who want to do rafting with kids.

Nice guide and driver and good service

My 5 yrs son asked me to do again next time.

Thank Hdhyue
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is one of those brilliant family trips that are so few and far between. Here the balance is just right, as the attentive and knowledgable guides provide history and funny stories for adults, and a bit of adventure for the kids, but nothing that is out of their depth - and the scenery when rafting is great for the adults. It is a small business that has a family run feel to it, and where every guest, young or old gets individual attention. As parents, it was certainly one of the highlights of our trip - never mind what our 6 year old thought. Personally, I loved floating down the river together.

Thank Quagmol
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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

We loved floating down the river with you too, and thanks for the killer feedback!

Adventure, and history. A great balance of fun and information to please both young and old. Thats what we aim for, and we really appreciate you found our trip worth while.

We thank you for coming with our crew into Skipper's Canyon and hope you will come see us again!

Thanks!!!

-The Team at Family Adventures

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

A must-do in Queenstown! Fun, exciting and educational for both kids and the the not-so-young. My 2 boys loved it as much as we did. Our expert guide and our driver were both funny and gave us the confidence for the entire experience. Highly recommended!

Thank NingIbarra
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Exactly as advertised -- a gentle ride spiced up with some dips in the water (only if desired) and rock jumps, etc. We went last week with a 5 year old and 8 year old and it was the highlight of our trip to Queenstown. Could not recommend this more highly.

Pros:
- It's a small outfit that feels a lot more personalized than some of the more commercial operations in Qtown. The guides are genuine and truly funny. They seemed very experienced and professional but also did a great job of making the trip fun for everyone.
- The drive to the rafting point is a highlight of the trip -- the views are spectacular and the path is not accessible if you are using a rental car. The ride is a bit bumpy but not too bad unless you have bad motion sickness.
- Guides did a good job taking a bunch of photos of everyone (USB stick can be purchased for a reasonable price after the trip).
- They provide all the gear: full wetsuits, fleeces, pullovers, helmets, lifevests, etc. Clean and sanitized!
- High quality snacks that were a hit with the kids, including CookieTime, fruit, nuts, etc.
- Swimming skills not necessary!

Cons:
- Seriously, none, other than the fact you need to book in advance during the busy season.

Thank ny traveler 02
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is an absolutely awesome family activity!! Wanting to take a 3, 8 and 12 year old rafting, it was very hard to find someone who catered for this age group but Family Adventures exceeded our expectations. Mark, Simon and Marshall all looked after us like family and made the whole trip a great adventure - from the trip in through Skippers Canyon (with Simon's jokes and Mark's impeccable driving) to suiting up for the rafting (everything you could think of to provide a safe and enjoyable journey was provided) to the rafting down the river itself (with our fantastic guide Marshall - as leader of 'The A Team') all boys and parents had a great time and you couldn't take the smiles off their faces. If only there were more family adventures like this!! Would definitely recommend this to any families with children!!

Thank Kathy S
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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

Thanks for the glowing review, happy to hear you and your family had a great time!

We always try to be fun, while keeping safety at the front of our thoughts. Impeccable driving is what we do!

Cheers for the recommendation, and look forward to seeing you again!

-The Team at Family Adventures

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