Queenstown White Water Rafting

Feel the adrenaline rush as you white water raft through the spectacular Skippers Canyon!

map Queenstown, New Zealand
4 hours 30 min
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
8:00 am & 1:00 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
13 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Not included
FromNZD $229
ValueNZD $239SAVE NZD $10
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What's Included

  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Transfer to Deep Creek via Skippers Canyon Road
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Rafting on the Shotover River
  • Hot showers
  • Transfer to and from downtown Queenstown
  • Grade 3-5 whitewater rapids
  • Paddle through a 170m tunnel

What's excluded

  • Beverages purchased at Canyon Brewing Co. at the end of the tour are at your own expense. 

Why do we love this

We love that this isn't just a rafting trip. Not only do you get to take on Grade 3-5 whitewater rapids, but you also check out the historic Skipper's Canyon!


Your New Zealand rafting adventure starts here! With Grade 3-5 rapids, exciting tunnel and more, this trip has everything you need for the day of a lifetime.


Make your way to 35 Shotover Street 20 minutes before check-in time. Meet the team and jump on the bus to theRafting Base at Arthurs Point, the start your rafting adventure!

Once you arrive, meet the guides, grab your wetsuit and head to the changing rooms. You'll also get kitted out with your spray jacket and life vest.

Then, it's time to head to the start of the Skippers Canyon Road on Coronet Peak. Here, the drive of a lifetime begins! Start the unforgettable trip through Skippers Canyon, famous for its thrilling cliff edges and gold mining history. Hold on to your seats as your driver navigates the hair-raising cliff edges!

After an exhilarating drive, you'll arrive at Deep Creek ready for a safety briefing. Once you're clued up on everything you need to know, your Shotover River experience begins.

Hit the water and tackle the grade 3-5 whitewater rapids - Aftershock, Squeeze, toilet and Oh Sh*t to name a few! Then, raft through the 170 metre Oxenbridge Tunnel. Your heart will be racing!

This is one of the most scenic environments in the world, so you'll be wowed by not only the rafting but your surrounding as well!  Once you've conquered the various canyons, rapids and swells, it's time for one last epic adventure, the epic Cascade rapid. 

After taking on this awesome rapid, it's time to paddle back to base and load up the rafts.

Enjoy a hot shower to warm up before relaxing with a cold beer at Canyon Brewing Co. (optional). Once you're feeling refreshed,  jump back on the shuttle to downtown Queenstown.

Please note: You need to be at least 13 years old and a minimum weight of 40kg for this rafting trip. Maximum weight 120kg.


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Yes, you do. You must be ‘water confident’ and be able to swim in fast-moving water. You will be given flotation jackets and wetsuits, but you will still need to be able to help the guides by moving towards the raft or the safety kayaker. Imagine yourself swimming in the sea where you can't stand up, with medium waves around you and being tossed around a bit. If you feel comfortable with this then you should be ok.


No, you don't. Everyone can enjoy rafting with no rafting experience. You will be given training and a full safety briefing before the trip starts. All of our qualified and certified guides will be able to give you any extra personal instruction you may need while in the raft.


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.


No, nothing can be taken with you on the raft due to health & safety reasons.


The total trip time is around 4.5 hours, however, the time on the water varies depending on the river speed, the water level and time of year. 


You need to be at least 13 year old to raft with us and a minimum weight of 40kg. There is no maximum age, we just ask you to be at a good level of physical fitness. The weight limit is 120kg. We do have a number of extra-large wetsuits and small ones for the kids.  It will be at the discretion of the trip leader and guides as to who is eligible to participate.

Those who are pregnant are not able to partake in our rafting trips. 


No. You are going to get wet and we don’t want you to ruin your outfit of the day. Bring your own swimwear and we will provide the rest. Please don’t wear cotton, it will make you cold. We give you a wetsuit, a jacket, a spray jacket and a life vest, if you’re cold we will have extra layers for you.


We will provide you with wetsuit socks and booties when on the river. You can wear normal shoes in and around the Raft Base.


Yes, you can wear glasses on the river, but please bring a sports strap or tie as we can’t guarantee the safety of your glasses without one. If you can do without, leave them behind.


The rafts carry a max of eight people including the guide. If you’re in a group, we organise that you will be seated in a raft with your pals.


It would be a pretty boring day if you didn’t, right? Yes, you will get wet, but you will have a wetsuit on so only your suit will. Whitewater rafting is epic in any weather, so if its raining, don’t be put off!


Then we get a little wetter! Rafting experiences will still go ahead if it’s raining, the river is normally at its best when it’s raining.


We don’t have spectators on the river due to the remote location and nature of the terrain. There is an opportunity to stand near the last rapid on the Shotover River as you exit the Oxenbridge tunnel. Timings can depend on river levels so we can’t give your fans an exact time to be there.

Terms & Conditions:

  • 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
  • This rafting trip operates with a minimum of 8 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
  • 13 years minimum age
  • Weight limit 40kg-120kg. 

Please note that the bookings are processed manually. Please chat to us before making the booking.  Your booking is confirmed only once confirmed by the tour operator.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Transfers: Reservations can be transferred to another date (subject to availability) up to 48 hours prior to departure with no transfer fee incurred.  A $50 transfer fee applies to date transfers within 48 hours.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to trip departure.  Trips are non-refundable after this point.
  • We reserve the right to cancel trips or substitute another river or section of river for safety reasons

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