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

Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting

Experience the adrenaline-pumping rapids of the Shotover River, which runs through Skippers Canyon. Start your half-day trip from Queenstown with a coach drive into the steep canyon via historical Skippers Road, famous for its gold-mining past. The tranquil waters of Deep Creek soon give way to exhilarating white-water rapids, but rest assured you’ll be rewarded with a sauna and hot shower afterward.


  • Raft the 3-5 graded Shotover River rapids on this exhilarating tour from Queenstown
  • Wetsuit and safety equipment is provided
  • Use of hot shower and sauna facilities

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What You Can Expect

Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting

Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting

Start your half-day tour at the rafting base in Queenstown, where you’ll board a coach for the scenic drive into Skippers Canyon, a gorge renowned for its steep walls and shear drops. Your experienced driver-guide follows Skippers Road, a historical gold-mining trail that boasts majestic scenery all around.

When you reach the shores of the Shotover River, you’ll receive a safety briefing and learn paddling techniques from your licensed river guide. Then put on your provided wetsuit and life jacket and let the fun begin. 

Your rafting trip starts from Deep Creek, gliding over tranquil waters before you reach the white-water rapids of the lower Skippers Canyon. Hold on for an unforgettable ride as your raft bumps over Rock Garden, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball, Jaws, Sequel, Oxenbridge Tunnel and Cascade Rapid.

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

Loved the white water rafting! I was so nervous as im not very fit but I had an amazing time and didn't fall in! Worth every penny!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

Kathleen Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great activity. Beautiful surrounds in the Shotover river! Experienced guides. Unfortunate accident (dislocated shoulder) to another boat in our group - but handled extremely well, complete with helicopter retrieval of the injured person. The rest of the trip had enough exciting moments. Wish the water level was just a bit higher/stronger but I guess for our level (somewhat of a newbie), it was perfect. It's facing the possibility of true danger that makes it quite exhilarating.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Absolutely fantastic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

The water rafting was excellent on massive rapids and the guides were all fantastic even the bus ride there was entertaining and extreme.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

We did this trip with 2 young teenage boys and they want to go again!!! Our leader was Michelle, he looked after us really well and made sure we had a spill at the end!! This was really well organised and we felt safe at all times even though the river was high... The drive to get there also provided some great scenery and some hair raising moments. We will do this again if ever we are lucky enough to be in NZ again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

This was a fantastic tour. Our guide, KC, was very experienced. Everything that you need was provided. The drop off location is right in the middle of town, so close to accomodations.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Awesome!!! Beautiful and fun!

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

The bus ride to the put-in point was completely frightening! We should have fallen off the cliff a dozen times! The raft ride was good - probably not enough water in the river to make it excellent, but that's no one's fault. Our guide was terrific - a young woman whose name escapes me. Safety was considered a priority with this group, so that was much appreciated. I would do it again if I was in Queenstown again.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014


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