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Not far from Queenstown, Kawarau River offers a variety of thrill-seeking possibilities including jet boating, whitewater rafting, and riverboarding. Alternatively, visitors can go off-road into the surrounding hills during an all-terrain quad bike tour or try bungee jumping from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge. There’s something for history buffs too, who come to check out the gold-miners’ huts and relics from the river’s gold-rush days.

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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

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Experience heart-racing fun on an exhilarating Queenstown jet-boat ride. The expert captain races across Lake Wakatipu, navigates tricky turns on the Kawarau River and speeds through the milky waters of the Shotover River. Grab hold of your seat as the jet boat makes 360-degree spins and fishtails on a rollercoaster ride over the water.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$74.03
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Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

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Explore Lake Wakatipu by boat on a 1.5-hour cruise from Queenstown. As you travel to the end of the lake, you can see stunning lakeside homes, a variety of bird life, Kawarau Dam, and the magnificent scenery that surrounds Queenstown. Get unobstructed views from the sundeck or stay warm in the heated cabin, and have the option to purchase drinks from the onboard bar.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.74
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Queenstown Classic Wine Tour - 3 Vineyards, Cave Tour and Cheeseboard

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Queenstown Classic Wine Tour - 3 Vineyards, Cave Tour and Cheeseboard

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Spend an afternoon tasting New Zealand wines and taking in the scenery of Central Otago on a half-day tour from Queenstown. Your guide takes you to three wineries for tastings and a wine cave tour, with sightseeing at Lord of the Rings film sites and other top attractions along the way. Includes wine tastings, afternoon tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Introduction 2 Quads (30 min)

Introduction 2 Quads (30 min)

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With soaring peaks, rugged trails, and spectacular countryside scenery, Queenstown is the undisputed home of outdoor adventure on New Zealand’s South Island. On this adrenaline-pumping tour, hit the gas and experience high-octane thrills by quad bike. Zoom through the backcountry wilderness with your guide, and tackle challenging hill climbs and creek crossings between the Kawarau River and the Nevis mountain range—with trails selected to suit your skill level.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Queenstown - Arrowtown Sightseeing and Tasting Half-Day Small-Group Tour

Queenstown - Arrowtown Sightseeing and Tasting Half-Day Small-Group Tour

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Get to know Queenstown's highlights, history, culture, and scenery on this half-day tour. With a small group limited to just 11 people or fewer, travel in a minivan to locales such as Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, Lord of the Rings locations, a Honey farm and do cheese tasting. Pickup and drop-off in central Queenstown included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$73.88
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Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)

Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)

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Enjoy an off-road adventure in the wild of New Zealand on this half-day Wakatipu Basin 4-wheel drive tour from Queenstown. Cruise along off-road routes toward the Remarkables mountain range — widely used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Admire panoramic views over Deer Park Heights and the Kawarau Gorge, and then head onward to the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Traverse bumpy river crossings along the Arrow River, and pan for gold on the riverbank. Then gaze over the Wakatipu Basin from Coronet Peak en route back to Queenstown.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half Day Bike Tour of Arrow River Trail

Half Day Bike Tour of Arrow River Trail

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Cycle alongside the Arrow and Kawarau rivers during a half-day bike excursion. You’re transferred from Queenstown for an easy off-road mountain bike ride that covers approx. 9 miles (15 km) over flat terrain. Take advantage of a detailed trail map and a support vehicle available while you ride independently. Cross several suspension bridges including the Kawarau Bridge, famous for its bungy jumping, and enjoy wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery. Hotel pickup available for morning tours only.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Queenstown 25-minute Jet Boat

Queenstown 25-minute Jet Boat

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Go Orange offers you an electric ride. Filled with speed, thrills and even more of those famous 360 degree spins. Hold on as we race faster than ever before down Lake Wakatipu. We will get you up close and personal with the lakes edge, skimming past trees and any obstacles in our way and be sure to hold on to your hats as we navigate under not one, but two bridges at speed. Great for families, we can take as young as two years old! Our experience is champion in the jet boat game and we can’t wait to give you the ride of your life.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Above The Skyline Quads

Above The Skyline Quads

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For your next activity in the proclaimed ‘Adventure Capital of the World,’ set out for Queenstown’s off-road terrain aboard a Suzuki sports quad, led by an expert guide. You’ll bump along dirt-bike tracks with creek crossings and hill climbs boasting spectacular views, from the Kawarau River up into the mountains of the Kawarau Gorge. Each tailor-made tour runs with a select small group based on skill level, guaranteeing both beginning and advanced riders an exhilarating 1.5-hour ride.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Kawarau River Jet-Raft

Kawarau River Jet-Raft

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Experience the best of the Kawarau River with two of Queenstown’s most iconic adventures – jet boating and whitewater rafting! Race down the Kawarau River before your skilled driver sends you from high speeds into a 360-degree spin. Continue the excitement with your Kawarau rafting adventure. This grade 2-3 rafting trip is perfect for first time rafters, families and groups. It provides a great taste of whitewater action with plenty of opportunities to splash around, try a cliff jump or even swim through a rapid! The grande finale is the unforgettable 400 metre Dog Leg Rapid which ends your trip on New Zealand’s largest volume commercially rafted river. Includes: • Jet boat down the Kawarau River Canyons • Whitewater rafting down the Kawarau River • Full wetsuit clothing and rafting equipment • Hot showers at the rafters lodge • Courtesy coach transfers
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Queenstown 1-hour Jet Boat Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River

Queenstown 1-hour Jet Boat Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River

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Go Orange offers you an electric ride. Filled with speed, thrills and even more of those famous 360 degree spins. Hold on as we race faster than ever before down Lake Wakatipu and onto the beautifully scenic Kawarau River. Be sure to hold on to your hats as we navigate under bridges at speed and skim the river edges with precision. Great for families, we can take as young as two years old. Our experience is champion in the jet boat game and we can’t wait to give you the ride of your life.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Queenstown Highlights - Half Day Tour - Arrowtown, Winery, Bungy, Local Sites

Queenstown Highlights - Half Day Tour - Arrowtown, Winery, Bungy, Local Sites

There’s so many reasons to choose Queenstown Highlights. See Queenstown’s 5 best sights and activities in one very affordable fun packed morning. Group sizes are small, vehicles are luxurious, friendly local driver-guides plus hotel pick ups all ensure that Queenstown Highlights is the best tour on offer. Family friendly option.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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AuthenticAs Skippers Canyon - Professional Photography & Exclusive 4WD Tour

AuthenticAs Skippers Canyon - Professional Photography & Exclusive 4WD Tour

The Skippers Road is a historic route we travel via 4WD. Built during the gold rush we drive high above the Kawerau River giving you a historic context of what life was like for the original settlers of Skippers Canyon, sharing stories, tales and showing you relics from the past.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Historic Pub Tour

Historic Pub Tour

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The most exhilarating and unique way to tour the region with nothing in the way to impede your view - all on the back of a 3-seater cruising trike! This tour is designed to showcase some of the region’s historic pubs and more. Central Otago boasts stunning landscapes, vineyards, and historic buildings from the gold rush era. This tour takes you over the Crown Range, through the Kawarau Valley and Cromwell Basin passing by some of the regions stunning vistas with photo opportunities at some lookouts along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Kawarau River can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 14 Kawarau River tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Kawarau River costs USD 35.74. Guided Kawarau River tours start around USD 35.74 per person. See all 14 Kawarau River tickets and tours on Viator.
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