Paddle or float down a 4.3-mile (7-km) stretch of the Kawarau River in an inflatable canoe or raft. This family-friendly excursion starts at the confluence of the Shotover River. Upgrade to add on a 1-hour jet boat ride. Round-trip transfer from downtown Queenstown included.
Guided rafting trip down the Kawarau River
Family-friendly paddle with inflatable canoes and rafts
Meet your river guide at the rafting shop in Queenstown, or head to the Main Town Pier at the Marine Parade if you've selected to combine your adventure with a jet boat ride. For the latter option, you'll experience 1 hour of adrenaline-pumping action while a boat captain maneuvers the vessel at speeds reaching 52 mph (85 kph).
To start the rafting portion of your journey down the Kawarau River, you will be transferred to the put-in point where the Kawarau meets the Shotover. Slip on your provided life vest and settle into an inflatable 3-person canoe or 12-person raft. Then 'go with the flow' during a relaxed paddle, specifically designed for those seeking a tranquil experience. The 4.3-mile trip is suitable for anyone 4 years and up — ideal for families.
Soak up your surroundings along this scenic stretch of river, whose pristine blue water winds beneath the Remarkables Range. Upon reaching the historic Morven Ferry site, you will be transferred back to Queenstown where your 3-hour rafting tour concludes.