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

Kawarau River White Water Sledging

Amp up your Queenstown adventure by white-water sledging down the Roaring Meg section of the Kawarau River — twice!  Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush as you lie on a purpose-built riverboard that allows you to steer through the rapids, waves and whirlpools before you catch your breath in a flat section. No previous experience is necessary, just confidence in the water as you’re accompanied by a guide. Wetsuit, booties, helmet and fins are included on this small-group experience, limited to 10 people.


  • Sledge twice down the Roaring Meg section of the Kawarau River on New Zealand's South Island
  • River purpose-built river sled with handles
  • Travel through 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) of continuous high volume white water
  • Small group of no more than 10 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Kawarau River White Water Sledging

White-Water Sledging

Departing from central Queenstown or Wanaka, you’re transferred on an approx. 45-minute drive to the mighty Kawarau River. You’ll go white-water sledging — aka riverboarding or hydrospeeding — on a half-day adventure like no other. 

After beginning with a safety briefing, your expert guide teaches the required skills and demonstrates how to use the high-flotation sled or riverboard, purpose-built for buoyancy in highly aerated water. 

When ready, don your provided wetsuit, life jacket, helmet and booties, and rest your chest on the sled while tucking your arms into each side handle for good grip and control. You’re also equipped with fins for propelling and steering to help you navigate the exhilarating waterway. 

Then it’s time to hit the water. The Roaring Meg section of the Kawarau River covers 3.7 miles (6 km) of high-volume rapids that are graded 2–3. Your instructor guides your small group down the river, choosing the best route to maximize your white-water sledging experience. 

Just when you think it’s over, you’re taken back to the start point to run the rapids again, returning to Queenstown or Wanaka as a fully qualified white-water sledger. 

From USD $ 140.69

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Tour code: 5405SLEDGING


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