5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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 you are rafting through the heart of Middle-earth, as it was the Kawarau River that starred as the River Anduin in 'The Lord of the Rings' movie trilogy. This grade II to III rafting trip is suitable for all fitness levels, and no experience is necessary.

Highlights

  • White-water rafting on the Kawarau River
  • Power through grade II to III rapids as your expert guide gives you rafting tips
  • Take in the breathtaking New Zealand scenery surrounding the river
  • Perfect for first-time rafters
  • Warm up after rafting by relaxing in the sauna

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

River rafting in New Zealand is a must-do experience, and this particular white-water rafting tour is good for everyone! It's exciting but not too high of a class of rapids.

What You Can Expect

Queenstown Kawarau River White Water Rafting

Queenstown Kawarau River White-Water Rafting

From central Queenstown, travel approximately 25 minutes by road to the rafting start point on the Kawarau River. After you are fitted with a wetsuit and lifejacket, receive some training and a full safety briefing from your expert guide. Then it's time to hit the river!

From the moment you push off from the riverbank, begin experiencing the endless excitement of the Kawarau River. Hold on tight and enjoy the rush of adrenaline as your raft twists and turns through the rushing grade II and III rapids.

Your guide will help you paddle along the river and show you the best way to navigate the rapids. Between the thrills, don't forget to look around as you travel through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine scenery. If you're a Lord of the Rings fan, you may recognize some of your surrounds from the movie trilogy.

At the end of your rafting adventure, warm up with a sauna and hot shower at the rafting base, and perhaps reward your new or improved rafting skills with a well-earned hot chocolate, beer or snack (available for purchase from the licensed bar).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Did this on our first day in New Zealand. What a great way to start our vacation. Guides and staff were wonderful and everybody had a great time! Parts of the river ran slowly enough to allow us to fall out of the raft for a short while and float along with the river! Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Kawarau River whitewater rafting was upgraded to Shotover, it was indeed unbelievable. Esteban, our guide was superb. I was nervous at first but he made it so enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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