Shotover River Rafting

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Duration: 4h+
Location: Shotover River, South Island, New Zealand | South Island, New Zealand

Category: Adventures

White-water rafting on fast-moving Shotover River
Exhilarating Grade 3-5 white-water rapids
One of the world's former richest gold-bearing rivers
A drive along the breathtaking Skippers Canyon Road
Highly-trained and knowledgeable rafting guides

Guided rafting trip down the Shotover River
Wetsuit & safety equipment rental
Extensive safety briefing
Hot showers & a sauna
Roundtrip transportation to and from downtown Queenstown


For adventure seekers, relish a heart-stopping drive along a narrow-twisting road hugging the sides of Skippers Canyon. Then white-water raft down rapids that pass through the spectacular scenery of the Shotover River on this half-day rafting trip.

Departing from charming Queenstown, your first stop is Cavells Rafting Base, where you're fitted with your wetsuit and safety gear.

The launch site can only be reached via Skippers Canyon Road and its narrow surface, tight corners, and sheer drops make for a memorable 40-minute guided bus tour.

Before beginning the 9-mile (14-km) river journey down the Shotover, formerly one of the world’s richest gold-bearing rivers, expert guides deliver a safety briefing and then launch your raft in the gentle waters of Deep Creek. Quickly you hit the lower canyon where the Grade 3-5 rapids have names like Pinball and After Shock.

Experience the eerie darkness of the 558-foot (170-m) Oxenbridge Tunnel, built by the brothers Oxenbridge in a failed attempt to divert water to recover gold from the riverbed.

The final thrill is delivered at Cascade Rapid before reaching the rafting base, where you're treated to a hot shower and sauna.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Know before you book: You must be 13 or older., Children 13-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian., You must be water confident and able to swim to take part in this activity., You must weigh at least 88 pounds (40 kg)., At least 8 people are required for the rafting trip to take place.

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