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  • Address: Queenstown, New Zealand
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  • Admission: Free

If you’re a bungy enthusiast you’ll know that Kawarau River is the site of the world's first commercial bungy. It’s still possible to take a dive from the bridge that started it all. On your way down you’ll see the trademark sky-blue water and green cliffs of Kawarau River, you might even touch the water!

The river is extremely popular with thrill seekers who come for river surfing, riverboarding and jet boating. The white-water rafting is particularly excellent with rapids to suit beginners to experienced rafters and some calm stretches where you can rest and take in the spectacular scenery.  

More sedate history seekers come to check out the gold-miners huts and relics from the river’s gold-rush days.

Practical Info

The river is a short drive from Queenstown and plenty of tour groups will shuttle you to the river if you book an activity with them. 

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Queenstown Kawarau River White Water Rafting, Queenstown, null
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Queenstown Kawarau River White Water Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $167.06
Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers, Queenstown, White ... 
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Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Hang on during this thrilling jet boat ride that travels at high speeds on two rivers, covering more ground with a longer time out on the water than similar ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.11
Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride, Queenstown, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Feel your adrenaline soar as you zoom along Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River during a 1-hour Queenstown jet boat ride. Admire the Remarkables Range, Kelvin ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $91.19
Kawarau River White Water Sledging, Queenstown, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Kawarau River White Water Sledging

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Take on the rapids of the mighty Kawarau River on New Zealand’s South Island for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Guide your purpose-built sled through 3.7 miles ...  Read more

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

From USD $167.06
Bike Hire in Queenstown, Queenstown, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Bike Hire in Queenstown

We have a great range of bikes for hire. Mountain bikes, cruiser bikes, electric bikes, fat bikes, kids’ bikes, ladies’ bikes, bikes with baby ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $13.86
Half-Day Family Rafting on the Kawarau River, Queenstown, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Half-Day Family Rafting on the Kawarau River

Specifically designed for those seeking a relaxed and scenic water adventure. Go with the flow and soak up the scenery along a beautiful stretch of the Kawarau ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.99
Queenstown Triple Challenge (Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter and White Water Rafting), Queenstown, White ... 
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Queenstown Triple Challenge (Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter and White Water Rafting)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 36 Reviews

Calling all adrenaline junkies! Are you up for the Shotover triple challenge? Experience Queenstown at its very best as you brace yourself for a jet boat ride ...  Read more

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

From USD $331.92
Half-Day Wakatipu Basin 4WD Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, White Water Rafting & Float Trips
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Half-Day Wakatipu Basin 4WD Tour from Queenstown

Enjoy a thrilling off road adventure tour while discovering Lord of The Rings filming locations. This adventure packed tour gives a great overview of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $134.96
Queenstown Shotover River Helicopter Ride and White Water Rafting, Queenstown, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road ... 
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Queenstown Shotover River Helicopter Ride and White Water Rafting

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Shotover River Heli Rafting is the only way to experience Shotover River rafting in winter as well as summer!

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $247.30

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