Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting - Reviews

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Travis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Awesome adventure. Grace was our guide for the boat and she was very professional but fun to talk with. A few good rapids made it exciting. Even some time to jump out the boat to float. Hot showers at the end definite bonus!

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Very professional, friendly and fun. We really enjoyed the fact that NZ outdoor activities are not so over-the-top with safety restrictions as in Australia.

jamesnisbet24 United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

So much fun, the trip over Skippers pass is a treat in itself, one of the ten most dangerous roads in the world, so glad we were not driving. Th crafting trip was excellent, the experts made it a laugh while still making sure the safety elements were well covered in the briefing. My wife went out of the boat more than anyone else, it was her first experience of white water rafting and she thoroughly enjoyed it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

One of the best trips we have been on the water was high with all the rain and this made it more exciting. The whole afternoon ran like clockwork all equipment provided and was effective. The guide was great giving information, great instruction and very safety conscious. I cannot remember his name but he was from the South Island he was friendly and supportive throughout. The rapids were great and everyone in our party of 12 thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

nicola a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Loved the white water rafting! I was so nervous as im not very fit but I had an amazing time and didn't fall in! Worth every penny!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

This tour was amazing!

Kathleen Y Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Great activity. Beautiful surrounds in the Shotover river! Experienced guides. Unfortunate accident (dislocated shoulder) to another boat in our group - but handled extremely well, complete with helicopter retrieval of the injured person. The rest of the trip had enough exciting moments. Wish the water level was just a bit higher/stronger but I guess for our level (somewhat of a newbie), it was perfect. It's facing the possibility of true danger that makes it quite exhilarating.

Sarah R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Absolutely fantastic

Angela R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

The water rafting was excellent on massive rapids and the guides were all fantastic even the bus ride there was entertaining and extreme.

The Birds

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

We did this trip with 2 young teenage boys and they want to go again!!! Our leader was Michelle, he looked after us really well and made sure we had a spill at the end!! This was really well organised and we felt safe at all times even though the river was high... The drive to get there also provided some great scenery and some hair raising moments. We will do this again if ever we are lucky enough to be in NZ again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2011

This was a fantastic tour. Our guide, KC, was very experienced. Everything that you need was provided. The drop off location is right in the middle of town, so close to accomodations.

Robin B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

Awesome!!! Beautiful and fun!

Nathaniel K

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2018

Great experience! This activity is dependent on the water level and the path the river forges. Call ahead of time if you're wanting a particular white water grade 1-5. The day I went was grade 2-3. The 45 min drive from the rafting co. to Shotover River was both intense and entertaining. Skippers Canyon Rd is a narrow road with drop-off cliffs: intense. Thanks to Morgan, for her stories and corny jokes it's all good, kept us entertained. At the river, the rafting orientation was very helpful. Many thanks to our raft guide, Darryn, he is awesome!!! He was knowledgeable and experienced. He was able to instruct us, both at the novice and expert levels we had both. His calm demeanor instilled a confidence in his abilities as well as our own. I particularly appreciated that Darryn reiterated throughout our trip, safety first while helping us navigate the river. The white water parts of the river were exhilarating. We made it thru without losing a man/woman overboard. This is a must do activity. BTW: I am the 63 yr old novice.

Kelly B

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2014

The bus ride to the put-in point was completely frightening! We should have fallen off the cliff a dozen times! The raft ride was good - probably not enough water in the river to make it excellent, but that's no one's fault. Our guide was terrific - a young woman whose name escapes me. Safety was considered a priority with this group, so that was much appreciated. I would do it again if I was in Queenstown again.

Catherine B

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2014


Joseph J

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2013

Great time

Rufiath Y

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2012

Awesome and informative trip. Ride to Skippers canyon was exciting given there are no barriers on that road. Guides told some interesting background stories about the location and during the rafting. Rapids were enough of a challenge and still provided a relief when we made it past them.

Smokescreen Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2012

Guide was fabulous and made the day worthwhile even though the actual river ride was less extreme than I expected....the river was too low at this time of year. Nevertheless I would recommend to anyone.

Althea Tan

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2011

Wasnt as exciting as I wanted it but the guide was really safe and gave very clear instructions.

Philip G

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2011

Really well organised. Coach ride to gorge along Skippers was awesome - not sure I'd like to drive it myself even in a 4WD let alone a coach towing inflatables. First part very pedestrian but gave guide chance to 'train up' the crew. Never done rafting before but lack of experience no prob. Most rapids tame but the level 4 bits were good fun. The guides really seemed on top of everything in case of any misfortunes but there weren't any. Most of the time it was a very pleasant journey down the gorge. Would like to do some more rafting now.

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