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Family Adventures Rafting - Queenstown

We are specialists in soft adventure trips rafting the gentle upper reaches of the famous Shotover River. Suitable for everyone from 3 years old. Water confidence is not necessary!

Our trip by bus and raft kicks off with a drive into the famous Skippers Canyon - quite possibly the most scenic drive in NZ! The views are astounding and the area is jam-packed with history and gold mining relics. Our knowledgeable guides will enthral you with tales from the colourful gold mining past.

We will kit you out with all the rafting gear you'll need to keep you warm and safe from the ground up at our base beside the historic Pipeline built back in 1864. We take to the water at our put-in point made famous as 'The ford of Bruinen' in the Lord of the Rings movie, and float down gentle grade 1 & 2 rapids for 1-1.5 hours taking in the scenery, the gold mining relics and even making time for a swim or rock jump!

We are the only raft company in Queenstown allowed to carry children under 13 years due to the gentle nature of our trip. We have specialised equipment, qualified raft guides, are a Member of the NZ Rafting Association and are a Maritime NZ audited activity.

Seasonal Times: 7.30am and 1.15pm November - April, 12.30pm during October only.

Departure Point : Alpine Sports, 39 Shotover Street, Central Queenstown

Adult $199.00
Child $120.00

What's included

  • Transport from Queenstown into Skippers Canyon and back
  • Commentary on the way in and out of Skippers on the myriad of scenic highlights and historical points of interest
  • Photo stops (we also offer a wicked photo pack @ $39, including rafting pics so you don't have to worry about your camera when you are in the raft).
  • Light snacks & refreshments
  • Modern rafting equipment
  • Helmets, wetsuits or overpants, polar fleeces, spray jackets, life jackets & booties (note: all wetsuits and booties are sterilised after each trip)

Duration

  • Allow approximately 5 hours duration for the whole experience

Notes

  • This is a weather dependent activity so please keep your phone handy leading up to your date of travel
  • **minimum booking numbers apply for trip confirmation**

Available Bookings from February 25 to March 02

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$140.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$159.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$159.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$159.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$159.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$120.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$199.00
  • Child$120.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.9

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Coral from Australia wrote on 03 January 2019

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A family must do in Queenstown!

Highly recommended family experience! Mark and the team were excellent. The kids are still talking about it and showing off their photos.

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Thank you so much for recommending us so strongly. We really appreciate it, and so happy your kids enjoyed rafting so much!

Patricia from Singapore wrote on 28 December 2017

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Glad we picked this tour. Very skillful driver, fun and knowledgeable especially on Skipper canyon. I sat by the window but did not even dare to look down at the road below. It was amazing trip. The rafting was fun with calm water but cold. It’s for families and the driver cum tour guide kept the children entertained all the time. In the morning we hired bike to explore Queenstown lake by ourselves in fresh air. Really great time

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From Family Adventures Rafting - Queenstown

Thank you for your review, Patricia. We are very happy that you had a fun trip, and hope that you had a great holiday!

Gabriele Wilmers from Australia wrote on 28 January 2020

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Exceeded my expectations ~ 10 stars

What a fun afternoon. For someone that is not the adrenaline junkie but wants to get a taste of what rafting is all about this is a Must Do. On the way to the canyon we had photo stops, plenty of fun local info. The ride ~ unforgettable and sooo much fun. Holly and Mark are AMAZING Rafting Guides Thank you for a fabulous afternoon

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From Family Adventures Rafting - Queenstown

10 Stars??? wow! :) Thanks for a great review, we really appreciate it.

Aditi Pratap from India wrote on 25 January 2020

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Amazing experience

It was a superb experience. Super guides.

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Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Rebecca from Australia wrote on 25 January 2020

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Fun for the whole family

If you have anyone in your family/group under 13 and you want to do rafting these guys are the only company that can take you. Simon and Holly guided our trip. They were both professional and fun. The drive in is amazing and the canyon is beautiful. Our older teens would have liked some bigger rapids but Holly and Simon made the trip so fun they had a great time anyway. Highly recommended. Thanks Simon and Holly!

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From Family Adventures Rafting - Queenstown

Thank you, we try our best to make it fun for the bigger kids too. Glad you enjoyed the day. :)

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