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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:Varies

Queenstown Shotover River Helicopter Ride and White Water Rafting

Take a thrilling helicopter ride and white-water rafting trip down the Shotover or Kawarau rivers. This Queenstown heli-rafting adventure for adrenaline junkies departs in winter as well as summer. Soar through Skippers Canyon and raft from Deep Creek or Boulder Beach on a rollercoaster ride through white-water rapids. You’ll learn rafting techniques from your expert guide and have the use of a sauna and hot shower afterward. 


  • Enjoy a day of thrills with a helicopter ride and rafting adventure from Queenstown
  • 7-minute scenic helicopter ride over water water rapids and stunning peaks
  • Rafting the Shotover or Kawarau rivers
  • Photo opportunities
  • Relax with the use of the sauna and hot shower facilities
  • Hotel pickup with the morning departures

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Queenstown Shotover River Helicopter Ride and White Water Rafting

Queenstown Shotover River Helicopter Ride and White Water Rafting

Go on the ultimate Queenstown outdoor adventure with this combo helicopter and river-rafting ride. Depart Queenstown in the morning or afternoon (hotel pickup is included with the earlier tour), and climb into your jet-turbine-powered helicopter for a spectacular flight up Skippers Canyon.

Hear commentary from the professional pilot as you zoom for 7 minutes through the sheer walls of the narrow canyon, soaring above the milky waters of the Shotover River— once the site of the world's richest gold mining. 

Then take your adrenaline to the next level with a river-rafting trip down the river, departing from Deep Creek during the summer and Boulder Beach in the wintertime. (Depending on water conditions, you may take an alternate route down the Kawarau River.)

After a safety briefing and paddling instruction from your highly skilled river guide, squeeze into a provided wetsuit and life jacket and climb into your raft. You’ll coast over calm waters before hitting exhilarating white water of the lower canyon. Grip your paddle as the raft swarms through unforgettable rapids with names like Rock Garden, Shark’s Fin, Toilet, Pinball, Jaws, Sequel and Cascade.

Back on firm ground, you’re returned to Queenstown where you can relax with a sauna and hot shower at the rafting base.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This one was adrenelin packed with the added bonus of earthquake rapid. The helicopter hike was great with a little swing in movement up to Skippers Canyon. Friendly setup.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

Great fun and excellent rafting instructor!

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2013

fun, but pricey - its shorter in the winter, and freezing cold, should be cheaper in the winter :)

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2010

I paid for myself and my brother for his birthday. The helicopter ride lasted all of probably 5 minutes, we went from the airport in Frankton to the edge of the Remarkables to the Kuwara river. You couldn't take your cameras, because from there you jumped straight into the whitewater. The view was nice but overall it was really overated. The whitewater rafting was pathetic.
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