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Kawarau Grade 2-3 River Rafting


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  • Kawarau River
  • Rapid grades between 2-3
  • Four separate rapid sections
  • Stunning scenery on calm water
  • 4-5 hour rafting experience
  • Operates twice daily

The Kawarau River is the ideal Queenstown whitewater rafting destination for an introduction to the sport, with four rapids that provide a great balance of excitement and scenic enjoyment. Between rapids you'll experience some calm stretches of river coupled with a unique perspective of the historic Kawarau Bungee Bridge that your raft will gradually pass under. On this 4 - 5 hour Kawarau rafting experience, you'll encounter rapids ranging between grades 2 to 3, with a route taken to suit the group's ability level.

Capping off the rafting adventure and acting as a "Grand Finale" is the highly memorable, 400m Dog Leg Rapid that will give you a final rush for the day and provide a fitting end to your whitewater rafting adventure on New Zealand's largest volume commercially-crafted river.

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  • Half Day White Water Rafting Experience on the Kawarau River (grade 2-3)
  • 4 Rapids on the Kawarau River
  • Transfer from downtown Queenstown to Cavells Rafting Base
  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Transfer to Gibbston Valley via Arrowtown
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Hot showers and sauna
  • Return travel to downtown Queenstown


  • Hotel Transfers are not included, however if you make your way to the centre of Queenstown, pick-up and drop-off is included from the Go Orange office to the Rafting Base


  • A great introduction to white water rafting, the four rapids on the Kawarau River are exciting and the scenery is superb
  • Plenty of opportunities to splash around, try a cliff jump or even swim through a rapid!
  • Between rapids you will experience calmer stretches of river, with a unique perspective of the historic Kawarau Bungy Bridge as your raft passes underneath
  • Experience the rugged Gibbston Valley wine region and Lord of the Rings country as you float through the rocky cliffs and blue waters of the Kawarau River
  • The Grande Finale is the unforgettable 400 metre Dog Leg Rapid which ends your trip on New Zealand’s largest volume commercially rafted river

Tour Times and Seasons

  • Summer: 1st October – 30th April - 8.00am and 1.00pm
  • Winter: 1st May – 30th September - 8.30am and 1.00pm


  • Go Orange Rafting Shop, 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown

Tour Duration

  • Approximately 4.5 hours from pick-up to drop-off

What to bring

  • Change of dry clothes
  • Swimming costume and towel
  • Snacks or money for snacks
  • Camera, videos and personal items are carried at owners risk
  • We provide wetsuit booties so you can wear your normal shoes to get to the rafting base

Additional Information

  • The minimum age for rafting is 13 years, with a minimum weight of 40kg
  • There is no maximum age for rafting as long as you are active and able to swim. Ultimately it is the discretion of the trip leader and guides as to who is appropriate to participate in the rafting trip
  • It is up to the discretion of the operator whether a trip will be cancelled due to weather. They would notify you on the day
  • River grade is 3-5 grade river

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

What others had to say

1 reviews
Pamela Lim | 10 months ago
It was an amazing experience being able to go rafting through beautiful scenery

It was an amazing experience being able to go rafting through beautiful scenery. The staff were very enthusiastic and helpful. I would highly recommend this activity to anyone to do during any season of the year

Meet the operator

Operator profile

Name: Queenstown, NZ
Company: Queenstown Rafting

"Tracing its origins back to 1987, Queenstown Rafting is New Zealand's largest whitewater rafting company and a leader in safety operations and procedures."

Top tips

"We recommend to bring along a change of dry clothes, swimming costume, towel, and some extra money for snacks!"