Kawarau River Whitewater Rafting

A scenic route down the waters of the Kawarau River. The perfect introduction to white water rafting. 

  • Paddle and swim down grade 2-3 whitewater rapids. 
  • New cliff-jumping section for adventure junkies (optional and weather dependent). 
  • Tackle the famous 400m Dog Leg rapid – the longest commercially rafted rapid in New Zealand.
  • Hot showers post-trip at the Rafting Base.
  • Jet 2 Raft: Add a Jet Boat for double the fun!

More Information

Departure Location

Meet us 20 minutes before start time at 37 Camp Street, Queenstown to check in.

Who is it for?

  • Minimum age 13yrs
  • Minimum weight 40kg.  Maximum weight 120kg
  • You need to be water competent with moderate fitness
  • Travellers with a heart condition or taking heart medication are not able to participate
  • Guardian conditions apply for under 18yrs

What’s included

  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and all safety equipment
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Rafting on the Kawarau River
  • Cliff jumping and rapid swimming (dependant on water levels)
  • Hot showers at Rafting Base
  • Return shuttle to downtown Queenstown.
  • Optional add on - 30 minute Jet Boat ride to the raft

What to bring

Bring your swimsuit and towel. It is advised that you don't bring any valuables with you. We do have a small valuables locker at Rafting Base if you need it.

What we provide

Wetsuit, wetsuit jacket, spray jacket, paddle, helmet, wetsuit booties and a life jacket.  Along with transport, rafts, legendary guides and guaranteed epic whitewater.

Special note

  • Participation in rafting activities involves a degree of risk and the rafting operator cannot absolutely guarantee participants' safety
  • Participants need to listen carefully to our guides' instructions
  • We reserve the right to cancel trips or substitute another river or section of river for safety reasons
  • Please ensure you have read and accept our terms and conditions prior to sending a reservation request
  • These rafting trips operate with minimum numbers of people. Customers need to reconfirm at least 24 hours prior to departure to ensure your trip will be operating
  • All trips operate dependent on weather, river level and/or water temperature.


Queenstown Rafting Jet to Raft


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