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Shotover Grade 3-5 River Rafting

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Highlights

  • Great value outdoor adventure
  • Fun and challenging grade 3-5 rapids
  • Six separate rapid sections
  • 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel
  • 4-5 hour rafting experience
  • Shotover River Rafting operates Sept-May

This Shotover River white water rafting adventure is a must for adrenaline junkies visiting the Queenstown region of NZ! Those with a zest for the more adrenaline pumping side of whitewater rafting will be ecstatic with a journey down the pristine waters of Queenstown's Shotover River. The river itself is fast and furious and also provides a wonderful showcase of the unspoilt and breathtaking scenery of the Queenstown region as you soar down the river and conquer its wild, untamed surface and rapids in the company of your fellow rafters and qualified safety instructor.

Six separate sections of rapids will be encountered along the way, as well as the long, shadowy distance of the 170m-long Oxenbridge Tunnel and finish it all off with the Cascade Rapid that will cap off the rafting challenge! This Shotover River rafting tour departs twice daily in both the morning and the afternoon, so both early birds and late risers can participate in the peak of their alertness.

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Inclusions

  • Half Day White Water Rafting Experience on the Shotover River (grade 3-5)
  • 6 Rapid sections along the Shotover River
  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Transfer from downtown Queenstown to Cavells Rafting Base
  • Transfer to Deep Creek via Skippers Canyon Road
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Hot showers and sauna at the end of your rafting experience
  • Return travel to downtown Queenstown

Exclusions

  • 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

Highlights

  • Step across this great frontier and meet the challenge of rafting the Shotover River
  • Experience the rugged beauty and unspoilt grandeur of the breathtaking scenery as you conquer this wild and untamed river
  • Tackle adrenaline pumping rapid along with stretches of calm water to take in the views, go for a swim and soak up it’s gold mining history
  • The long and narrow river is graded 3-5
  • Raft through the darkness of the 170 metre Oxenbridge Tunnel and shoot the Cascade Rapid to complete the challenge
  • Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at the Rafting Base

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

Season

  • Shotover River Rafting operates in Summer/Spring only from mid September to May

Tour Times

  • Departures run twice daily at 8am and 1pm, and are subject to availabilty

Departure

  • Departs from the Go Orange Rafting Shop, 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown

Tour Duration

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

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
  • We require a minimum of 8 people to run the trip, so please note your booking will be on stand-by until these minimum numbers are met. Shoud these minimum numbers not be met, you may be moved to the earlier or later departure time, moved to another date or alternatively refunded. Please note, this happens very rarely as this is a very popular experience
  • 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
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • 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

3 reviews
Hannah Perkins | 12 months ago
Had a brilliant afternoon white water rafting in queenstown

Had a brilliant afternoon white water rafting in queenstown. Our guide was brilliant and told us stories of the mining history. The white water rafting itself was great fun but we were hoping for more rapids - the first 8km was very calm. Having said this, if it had been raining more I expect it would have been more difficult! Overall a brilliant afternoon.

Ginnine | 3 years ago
This was the highlight of our holiday

This was the highlight of our holiday. OMG the trip up Skippers road alone was scary. The guides were hilarious and made it such fun. It wasn't such a huge rapid as been dry and sunny for days but still pretty butt clenching at times. Would definitely do this again next time we visit NZ

Ayla Bowers | 4 years ago
Absolutely awesome experience

Absolutely awesome experience, would recommend it to anyone! The instructors are absolutely excellent and definitely made it a memorable experience!

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!"