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.