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
Relax with the use of the sauna and hot shower facilities
Go on the ultimate Queenstown outdoor adventure with this combo helicopter and river-rafting ride. Depart Queenstown in the morning or afternoon, 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.
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.