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Experience adrenaline-fueled fun in Queenstown, combining three heart-pumping adventures in one: jet boating, river rafting and a helicopter ride. Speed along the Shotover River by jet boat, soar above Skippers Canyon by helicopter, and land at Deep Creek for white-water rafting down exhilarating rapids. Your half-day triple challenge takes place in the morning or afternoon and includes all equipment and safety briefings with expert guides.


  • Enjoy an awesome day filled with adventure - Shotover Jet ride, white water rafting and a scenic helicopter ride
  • Scenic 7-minute one-way helicopter ride from Queenstown to the white water rafting point
  • Experience rafting on the Kawarau or Shotover River
  • Exhilarating Shotover jet boat ride
  • Wetsuit and all safety equipment provided
  • Use of hot shower and sauna facilities

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What You Can Expect

Queenstown Triple Challenge (Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter and White Water Rafting)

Triple Challenge (Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter and White Water Rafting)

Check in at the tour operator’s office in Queenstown, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital,’ where you’ll receive a safety orientation about your morning or afternoon activities. Start your triple challenge with a drive to the Shotover River for a thrilling jet boat ride. Hold on tight as the captain expertly maneuvers the jet boat into 360-degrees spins and zips past towering canyons steeped in gold-mining history. 

Back on firm ground, change into a wetsuit and be transferred to the helipad for a incredible 7-minute flight from Queenstown to Skippers Canyon. Enjoy up-close aerial views of the scenic gorge as your pilot steers the turbine-powered helicopter up the canyon, landing at Deep Creek.

Here, you’re greeted by skilled and fully licensed rafting guides who provide a safety briefing and paddling instruction so you can navigate the white water with confidence. Start out by paddling over tranquil waters before reaching the white-water rapids of lower Skippers Canyon including Rock Garden, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball, Jaws, Sequel and the memorable Oxenbridge Tunnel, followed closely by Cascade Rapid. 

Reward your adventure back at the rafting lodge with a hot shower and sauna before you’re returned to Queenstown.

Please note: Rafting on the Shotover River varies in difficulty according to river levels. In the event the Shotover River is unsuitable, rafting may be transferred to the Kawarau River.

Customer Reviews

Mike M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We started with the helicopter ride to the rafting spot on a clear, crisp morning. The ride was short, but the views were stunning!

My wife does not swim well and the guides did an excellent job of covering all the safety aspects. Our guide, Chief, did a great job of ensuring my wife did not end up in the river even when it got rough!

The jet boat ride was the highlight though. It was even better experiencing it on the river with some tight clearances. The driver, Tim, really knew his stuff - the 360s at full speed just have to be experienced! It was just an awesome day.

Varun A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Superb, We just enjoyed the rafting. It was pretty cold but we still had great fun specially during the rapids.

Cathy M D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

the jet boat and white water rafting were totally awesome, I would highly recommend these vendors and guides. The helicopter ride was a disappointment as there was no narrative and a quick ride to the drop off point for the raft ride. We were dropped off and then had to wait for the bus with the rest of the group and the rafts to arrive. There was the expectation that the heli ride would be as long as the bus ride but with some narrative and a thorough view of the valley and landscape, but it was a less than 5 minute ride straight to the raft departure site! Then wait for the rest of the group to arrive that rode the bus!

Brad Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A must do when in Queenstown!

Eva P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

great fun day, very well organised. A must for all ages....


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Kerri B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

David B Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

No access via the icy roads in winter made the triple challenge the only option to link the jet boat and rafting trips. Well worth the extra money for the chopper ride though. The jet boat and the rafting staff were very effecient, knowledgable, friendly and often very funny - Jack the rafting guide in particular. Couldn't imagine not having done this trip. Just great fun.

Aviad M Israel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was a great experience. The Jet Boat ride was a real thriller, the helicopter ride a fun way to get to the rafting (instead of a 40 minutes bus ride) and the rafting a wonderful adventure. The whole tour was very well organized and the flow from one activity to the next was smooth. Highly recommended!

Louisa M C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Well organised, flexible and so much fun!

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