Kawarau River Jet to Raft

Here is your chance to pair two of Queenstown’s most iconic experiences. Packing in those famous 360 spins and dramatic canyon walls as you discover the Kawarau River and its pristine wilderness.

Our Queenstown Jet Boat will race down the river to your next mode of transport. Jump straight into a raft with the team to complete the last section of river, where Jet Boats fear to go. Soak in the impressive sights while rafting through the historic Kawarau gorge, famous for its gold mining, wineries and its stint in The Lord of the Rings franchise.

Paddle and swim your way through grade 2-3 whitewater rapids with a brand-new cliff jumping section added for the adventure junkies. Complete your journey by tackling the famous 400m Dog Leg rapid – the longest commercially rafted rapid in New Zealand. Then head back to Rafting Base for a hot shower.

The water is chilly right now, so our rafts are taking a break for the Winter. See you in the Spring!

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
  • 30 minute Jet Boat ride to the raft
  • Famous 360 Jet Boat spins
  • Rafting on the Kawarau River
  • Cliff jumping and rapid swimming (dependant on water levels)
  • Hot showers at Rafting Base
  • Return shuttle to downtown Queenstown.

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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