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Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

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Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Shoot the rapids on the Shotover River on this half-day tour from Queenstown, a great choice for thrill seekers. Under the supervision of a guide, you'll brave the wild rapids, raft through the Oxenbridge Tunnel, and drop into the Cascade Rapid. Instruction and all necessary equipment (wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet) are included.
  • Shoot the rapids on New Zealand's Shotover River
  • Use of wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet
  • Hot showers available post-adventure
  • Pickup and drop-off at a centrally located meeting point
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White water rafting down the Shotover River
Safety briefing, professional guides
All necessary equipment- wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet
Courtesy coach transfers from centrally located meeting point
Hot showers
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Checkin at Go Orange/RealNZ

Departure Time

1:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • It is essential that all parties are confident swimmers and comfortable in deep water.
  • If you are pregnant you cannot participate on this experience and if you do so without notifying the Go Orange guides of your conditions you do so at your own risk
  • If a traveller wishes to discontinue with the rafting experience during the trip, the traveller is liable for all costs associated with removing them from the river. This term is void if a medical or natural emergency arises and evacuation is required.
  • Minimum age - 13 years.
  • Weight restrictions - 40 kg to 120kg (weighing maybe required upon check-in).
  • Under 18 years - Guardian conditions apply.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Suitable for water competent people of moderate fitness.
  • People with a heart condition or taking heart medication are unable to participate.
  • Trips are weather, river level and/or water temperature dependent.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Challenge Rafting
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "This is a great recreational ride with only a couple really exciting rapids." See review


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Great experience!
, Mar 2020
Had a great time rafting Shotover river. The guides provided a safe experience. They were knowledgeable and fun.
Wedding party rafting
, Mar 2020
We had a group of 9. The guides were great, they told stories and jokes. We had a blast, would do it again.
Good fun for my wife and me!
, Feb 2020
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.
Beautiful day on Shotover River
, Feb 2020
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!
You got to do this
, Feb 2020
What rush. We had a great team and skipper Glenn aka Horse. We all took direction well. No one fell over.
Andy & Doll
, Feb 2020
Enjoyed the voyage, wasn’t quite up to what I was expecting with the amount or size of the rapids though
Exhilarating Shotover river rafting trip
, Jan 2020
A thoroughly enjoyable and exhilarating ten out of ten experience. Good attention to the safety aspect and humour! These guys know their stuff! I'd recommend this to all age groups (we are 61 and 62)
Great experience, awesome guides
, Jan 2020
This is a great experience for the whole family. The guides were brilliant, total professionals and entertainers. The scenery is stunning. Just hang on and you’re unlikely to get wet.
Great experience
, Dec 2019
Great instructors very Knowledgeable.River very high but felt safe with them. Good for spills and thrills
awesome ride!
Jillian May H
, Oct 2019
the guides were great! the guides made the trip - they were very well organized and provided a good balance of safe/fun ride. The river was a blast with a number of rapids.

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