Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Trip

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Tackle six rapids along the Shotover River on an adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting trip. Marvel at breathtaking scenery, navigate rapids, and go for a swim when the water is calm.


  • Feel the adrenaline rush of navigating 6 intense rapids on the Shotover River
  • Raft through harrowing darkness for a thrilling 170m in the Oxenbridge Tunnel
  • Travel through pristine and rugged nature in the hard-to-access Skippers Canyon
  • Navigate the challenging Shotover River whitewater rapids with a guide's help
  • Stay safe with the provided wetsuits, rafting equipment, and a safety briefing


Enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting on this river trip. Raft past the rugged beauty of the Shotover River, drive into Skippers Canyon, and cool off in the water. Meet in Queenstown and hop on a bus to head to Skippers Canyon and the Shotover River. At the river, get into your wetsuit and learn about your rafting equipment from your guide. After a safety briefing, get into the water to begin your adventure. Raft down the Shotover, shooting through 6 grade 4-5 rapids. Navigate the Aftershock, Squeeze, Toilet, and Pinball rapids, before entering the darkness of the 170-meter-long Oxenbridge Tunnel. Between rapids, enjoy the calm water and the canyon's natural beauty. Cool off with a swim in the river or relax in the sun. Finish your rafting adventure with the challenging Cascade Rapid before arriving back at the base in Queenstown.


Wetsuit Rafting equipment Whitewater rafting trip Professional photography services Safety briefing Transportation to the river Hot shower

Important Information

  • You will get wet during this activity This activity takes place rain or shine All participants must sign a waiver form Rafters must be water-confident, able to swim in fast-moving water, and agree to carefully follow guides' instructions This activity is not suitable for those under 13 years of age, under 88 pounds (40kg), or over 264 pounds (120kg), nor for those who have a heart condition or are taking heart medication, nor for pregnant women Rafters under 16 years must be accompanied by a guardian, and rafters under 18 years must have a waiver form signed by a guardian Participation in rafting activities involves a degree of risk, and the rafting operator cannot absolutely guarantee participants' safety The local partner reserves the right to refuse participation and cancel or amend any trips due to insufficient numbers or river, road, or weather conditions in the interest of all rafters’ safety

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