This Queenstown rafting trip on the Kawarau River takes you on a thrilling ride over Class II and III white-water rapids. You’ll learn paddling techniques from an expert river guide who leads you down the scenic river, which drains Lake Wakatipu. You may feel like you’re in Middle-earth, as the Kawarau River starred as the River Anduin in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy. After, warm up with a sauna and hot shower. No experience is necessary of this half-day tour, suitable for all fitness levels.
White-water rafting on the Kawarau River
Power through grade II to III rapids as your expert guide gives you rafting tips
Take in the breathtaking New Zealand scenery surrounding the river
Rafting down the Kawarau River may feel as majestic to LOTR fans as entering the The Gates of Argonath, since the aqua-blue river featured as the setting for the twin pillars in the movie trilogy.
Departing central Queenstown for the Kawarau River, an approximate 25-minute drive away. On the riverbank, don a provided wetsuit and life jacket, then receive a full safety briefing with paddling instruction from your guide.
Push off and hold on tight as you experience the adrenaline-charged thrill of white-water rafting down twists and turns through Class II and III rapids. Your guide expertly navigates the river rapids so you have time to watch the South Island’s gorgeous alpine scenery pass by.
A sauna and hot shower are your well-earned reward at the rafting base in Queenstown. Your 4.5-hour adventure concludes here, with hot chocolate, beer and snacks available for purchase from the licensed bar.