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If you’re a bungy enthusiast you’ll know that Kawarau River is the site of the world's first commercial bungy. It’s still possible to take a dive from the bridge that started it all. On your way down you’ll see the trademark sky-blue water and green cliffs of Kawarau River, you might even touch the water!

The river is extremely popular with thrill seekers who come for river surfing, riverboarding and jet boating. The white-water rafting is particularly excellent with rapids to suit beginners to experienced rafters and some calm stretches where you can rest and take in the spectacular scenery.  

More sedate history seekers come to check out the gold-miners huts and relics from the river’s gold-rush days.

Practical Info

The river is a short drive from Queenstown and plenty of tour groups will shuttle you to the river if you book an activity with them. 

Tours & Tickets

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Queenstown Kawarau River White Water Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Experience the adrenaline-charged thrill of white-water rafting on Queenstown’s Kawarau River! As you paddle through the stunning scenery, you'll feel like ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $135.80

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Hang on during this thrilling jet boat ride that travels at high speeds on two rivers, covering more ground with a longer time out on the water than similar ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.22

Queenstown Shotover River Helicopter Ride and White Water Rafting

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Shotover River Heli Rafting is the only way to experience Shotover River rafting in winter as well as summer!

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $200.78

Kawarau River White Water Sledging

Take on the rapids of the mighty Kawarau River on New Zealand’s South Island for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Guide your purpose-built sled through 3.7 miles ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $129.30

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