Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

5 hr


Group Tour

Queenstown’s famous Shotover River provides the white water rafting action for those looking for extra excitement and thrills. Drive through Skippers canyon to the start of the rafting. Raft your way down the Shotover river taking on the wild and untamed rapids. Finish the trip rafting through the darkness of the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel and shoot the drop into Cascade Rapid.
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Itinerary Details

Step across this great frontier and meet the challenge of white water rafting on Queenstown’s famous Shotover River. The trip begins with a scenic drive through Skippers Canyon which drops you on the beach of the Shotover River where your rafting will begin.  

Then hop in the rafts to experience the rugged beauty and unspoilt grandeur of the breathtaking scenery as you conquer this wild and untamed river. Tackle six rapid sections along the Shotover River, with stretches of calm water to take in the views, go for a swim, and soak up its gold mining history.

The long and narrow grade 4-5 ‘Mother’ section is made up of rapids such as ‘Aftershock’, ‘Sqeeze’, ‘Toilet’ and ‘Pinball’ and is sure to get your heart racing. Raft through the darkness of the 170 metre Oxenbridge Tunnel and shoot the Cascade Rapid to complete the rafting adventure.

Important Details

  • Courtesy coach transfers from centrally located meeting point
  • White water rafting down the Shotover River
  • Safety briefing, professional guides
  • All necessary equipment- wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet
  • Hot showers
Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Departure Point
22 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children aged between 13 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children aged 16 and above can raft alone with a signed consent form from parent/guardian
  • Pregnant woman are unable to raft
  • Minimum age 13 yrs
  • Minimum weight 40kg
  • Basic swimming skills are essential
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews

Reviewed: March 9, 2020

Linda F

Had a great time rafting Shotover river. The guides provided a safe experience. They were knowledgeable and fun.

Reviewed: March 3, 2020

Frary K

We had a group of 9. The guides were great, they told stories and jokes. We had a blast, would do it again.

Reviewed: February 19, 2020

Joel D

Was great fun. Don’t worry about what you’re wearing; you’ll get down to your swimsuit before putting on the wetsuit and wet-shoes they give you. Guides were great, lots of scenery in between the rapids.

Reviewed: February 17, 2020

Cheryl M   |   Canada

Just when you think your trip can’t get any better you discover it can!!! This is a great day on the water!!! Our great guide Raju kept us entertained throughout the trip and our raft mates made it that much better!!! This is a great recreational ride with only a couple really exciting rapids. The ride through the tunnel is my highlight for sure!

Reviewed: February 10, 2020

Mark R

What rush. We had a great team and skipper Glenn aka Horse. We all took direction well. No one fell over.