Queenstown Rafting

LocationDurationPrice Starts From ($NZD)
Queenstown4.5 hours229


Providing an adventure experience from calm to wild waters and half day to multiday, Queenstown rafting has something for everyone.

Stunning natural surroundings and a raging river that runs wild all year make Queenstown the perfect location for white water rafting. 


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Tour Details


Group Size : 1-7 people

Duration  : 4.5 hours

Departure Location : Queenstown Rafting Shop, 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown

Departure Time :

Shotover river raftingSummer : 8.00am and 1.00pm. Winter :June to September - heli-raft option only.
Kawarau river raftingSummer : 8.00am and 1.00pm. Winter: 8.30am and 1.00pm

Departure Location : Pick up from your accommodation.

Departure Time : Only for the morning departure at 8:15am.

Departure dates : All year.

Category : Adventure



  • Shotover River rafting

    Begin with an unforgettable coach trip into skippers canyon, famous for it's exciting cliff edges and gold mining history. Meet your river guide before beginning your white water rafting journey through the spectacular canyon. Rafting from deep creek over peaceful waters at first, you'll head towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. The adrenaline pumps as you paddle aftershock, squeeze, toilet,pinball and jaws to name a few. Raft the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting cascade rapid to complete your adventure. Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at Cavells rafting Base.

  • Kawarau River rafting

    The Kawarau river is ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience, or groups of mixed ability/ages. There is plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though, as there is a good chance of a water fight! It’s the Kawarau river that starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings. The grandeur of the canyons imparts a feeling of paddling through the heart of middle Earth. Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long dog leg rapid, New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid before returning to Queenstown for a sauna and shower at Cavells rafting Base.



Shotover : River Grade 3-5

Kawarau  : River Grade 2-3

Minimum weight is 40 kg.

Minimum age is 13 years old.

Rafting trips require a minimum number of 8 clients to confirm.

Clients should be water confident.




Swimsuit and towel.





Shotover : Rafting on the shotover river,transfer to deep creek via skippers canyon road.

Kawarau : Transfer to rafting put-in ,rafting on the Kawarau river

Transfer from downtown Queenstown to Cavells Rafting Base.

Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment.

Extensive safety briefing

Hot showers and sauna.

Transfer to downtown Queenstown.





All prices in $NZDShootoverKawarau
Adult 229229

         Children aged 13-15 years must have a guardian travel with them and have a child waiver signed by a guardian.

         Children aged 16 and 17 years required a child waiver from to be signed by a guardian.

         Minimum age is 13 years old.


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