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Shotover River Whitewater Rafting

Join us on the iconic Shotover River for a whitewater rapid adventure. Daily departures at unsurpassable prices during summer.

Start with an unforgettable coach trip through Skippers Canyon, famous for its exciting cliff edges, enough to get your adrenaline pumping before we hit the water.

Experience grade 3–5 whitewater rapids in one of the most scenic environments in the world. The rapids can change on a daily basis but rest assured our guides are expertly trained and have a keen sense of adventure. They will guide you through canyons, navigate the rapids and the famous 170m Oxenbridge tunnel to finish. 

Enjoy a hot shower at Rafting Base before returning to Queenstown.

Departure Location

Meet us 20 minutes before check-in at Queenstown Rafting, 37 Camp Street, Queenstown.

November rafting special

Save $50 per adult on November rafting trips when you use our promo code 'RAFTDEAL50' at check out.

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

  • Shuttle bus from our Queenstown store to the Rafting Base
  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and all safety equipment
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Shuttle bus to Deep Creek via Skippers Canyon Road
  • Rafting on the Shotover River
  • 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
  • Portages may be required based on changes to the water level and flow.

In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions our customers ask about our experiences. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.

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