Rafting in Queenstown is spectacular! New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Wakatipu, feeds the nearby Kawarau River. This Grade 2 and 3 river is perfect for first timers and is a family friendly rafting experience; conversely the Shot Over River that feeds into the lower Kawarau gives the rafter an exciting Grade 3-5 experience.
Queenstown, situated at the southern end of the South Islands Southern Alps sits at an altitude of 310 metes (1,020 feet) surrounded by classic high country scenery with alpine flora and fauna; rugged river gorges that run through epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscapes - rafting in Queenstown is spectacular! New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Wakatipu, feeds the nearby Kawarau River. This Grade 2 and 3 river is perfect for first timers and is a family friendly rafting experience; conversely the Shot Over River that feeds into the lower Kawarau gives the rafter an exciting Grade 3-5 experience.
Shotover River Rafting - Grade 3-5
The drive into Skippers Canyon is an adventure in its own right; known for its precarious drop offs the road to the Shotover winds slowly down all the way to the river, but its worth it, the view to the “put in” point at Deepwater Creek below where the white water begins is ‘National Geographic’. All specialist equipment, including a wetsuit, is supplied and after a comprehensive safety and raft technique training session is complete – you are on your way. No experience is necessary but an adventurous attitude does help.
This is all about adrenalin, the exhilarating rapids found in the lower canyon are noteworthy and have been named - Jaws, After Shock, Toilet, Pinball and Sharks Fin to name a couple and the finale is rafting through the 170meter (557 feet) Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting the Cascade Rapid to finish your adventure. After your rafting experience enjoy a sauna and hot shower at the Rafting base.
Kawarau River – Grade 2 - 3
Great for Family and First Timers, Suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience.
Sit back and relax - enjoy the spectacular New Zealand scenery. This river provides a taste of white water rafting and offers plenty of opportunity to splash around and have some fun. Between the relatively gentle but fast flowing rapids you encounter long calm stretches of the river where you float through the rocky cliffs over vivid blue waters as you float under the historic Kawarau Bungy Bridge and alongside the rugged Gibbston Valley wine region, this is Lord of the Rings country at its best and features in many of the movies. - The Finale is an invigorating 400 meter (1300 foot) Dog Leg Rapid. Along the way you are encouraged to try a cliff jump or even get overboard and swim through a rapid! All specialist equipment, including a wetsuit, is supplied and after a comprehensive safety and raft technique training session is complete – you are on your way. No experience is necessary.
Heli Rafting - Are You Game? The year round rafting option...
Jump aboard atwin engine turbine helicopter for a rollercoaster ride of excitement as you make your way to the rafting “put in” point. Options available for both the Kawarau and Shotover River.
3-Day Rafting & Camping the Landsborough River
Raft one of New Zealand’s most remote areas; experience South Westland’s magnificent solitude visited by only a privileged few. Glide past 3040-meter (10,000 feet) mountains, ancient hanging glaciers, through primordial rainforests as you paddling and camp your way down the stunning Landsborough Valley. This is a perfect mix of tranquility and adventure, this unique river runs 60kms (37 miles) parallel to the South Islands Southern Alps before meeting the wild Tasman Sea at Haast in South Westland. This is a World Heritage Area.
The upper river is a protected wilderness area and allows one to observe massive tongue shaped glaciers, native bush, braided rivers in a true high-country setting. This three-day, two-night wilderness adventure is a cracker and perfect for those wanting to escape the norm and truly get off the beaten track.