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

Queenstown Triple Challenge (Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter and White Water Rafting)

Experience adrenaline-fueled fun in Queenstown, combining three heart-pumping adventures in one: jet boating, river rafting and a helicopter ride. Speed along the Shotover River by jet boat, soar above Skippers Canyon by helicopter, and land at Deep Creek for white-water rafting down exhilarating rapids. Your half-day triple challenge takes place in the morning or afternoon and includes all equipment and safety briefings with expert guides.


  • Enjoy an awesome day filled with adventure - Shotover Jet ride, white water rafting and a scenic helicopter ride
  • Scenic 7-minute one-way helicopter ride from Queenstown to the white water rafting point
  • Experience rafting on the Kawarau or Shotover River
  • Exhilarating Shotover jet boat ride
  • Wetsuit and all safety equipment provided
  • Use of hot shower and sauna facilities

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Queenstown Triple Challenge (Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter and White Water Rafting)

Triple Challenge (Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter and White Water Rafting)

Check in at the tour operator’s office in Queenstown, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital,’ where you’ll receive a safety orientation about your morning or afternoon activities. Start your triple challenge with a drive to the Shotover River for a thrilling jet boat ride. Hold on tight as the captain expertly maneuvers the jet boat into 360-degrees spins and zips past towering canyons steeped in gold-mining history. 

Back on firm ground, change into a wetsuit and be transferred to the helipad for a incredible 7-minute flight from Queenstown to Skippers Canyon. Enjoy up-close aerial views of the scenic gorge as your pilot steers the turbine-powered helicopter up the canyon, landing at Deep Creek.

Here, you’re greeted by skilled and fully licensed rafting guides who provide a safety briefing and paddling instruction so you can navigate the white water with confidence. Start out by paddling over tranquil waters before reaching the white-water rapids of lower Skippers Canyon including Rock Garden, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball, Jaws, Sequel and the memorable Oxenbridge Tunnel, followed closely by Cascade Rapid. 

Reward your adventure back at the rafting lodge with a hot shower and sauna before you’re returned to Queenstown.

Please note: Rafting on the Shotover River varies in difficulty according to river levels. In the event the Shotover River is unsuitable, rafting may be transferred to the Kawarau River.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

great fun day, very well organised. A must for all ages....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

No access via the icy roads in winter made the triple challenge the only option to link the jet boat and rafting trips. Well worth the extra money for the chopper ride though. The jet boat and the rafting staff were very effecient, knowledgable, friendly and often very funny - Jack the rafting guide in particular. Couldn't imagine not having done this trip. Just great fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was a great experience. The Jet Boat ride was a real thriller, the helicopter ride a fun way to get to the rafting (instead of a 40 minutes bus ride) and the rafting a wonderful adventure. The whole tour was very well organized and the flow from one activity to the next was smooth. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Well organised, flexible and so much fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Very fun! I took the helicopter ride and the pilot kept tipping from side to side and doing tricks it was awesome. Jet boating was thrilling, white water rafting is always a blast, the only downside being the smelly wetsuits but it was still great!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

I had a great time! I would do it all over again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

What a great day. First the jet boat - what a buzz so close to the canyon walls. Then the helicopter (a bit of a cowboy) but a great way to go then the white water rafting- excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

I really appreciate Viator refunding the portion of the excursion that could not be carried out due to high river waters caused by the unusual heavy rains. We could not book for another day as this date was the last day our tour would be in Queenstown. Viator understood the situation and approved a refund. I appreciated Viator's customer friendly attitude. Because of this, I will definitely book future excursions with Viator. Thanks, Viator!

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