Daily Departures


  •  White-water rafting on the fast-moving Shotover River

  • Exhilarating Grade 3-5 white-water rapids

  • One of the world's former richest gold-bearing rivers

  • A drive along the breathtaking Skippers Canyon Road

  • Highly-trained & knowledgeable rafting guides

  • Optional upgrade to include a helicopter ride 


For adventure seekers, relish a heart-stopping drive along a narrow-twisting road hugging the sides of Skippers Canyon. Then white-water raft down rapids that pass through the spectacular scenery of the Shotover River on this half-day rafting trip.

Departing from beautiful Queenstown, your first stop is Cavells Rafting Base, where you're fitted with your wetsuit and safety gear.

The launch site can only be reached via the Skippers Canyon Road and its narrow surface, tight corners and sheer drops make for a memorable 40-minute guided bus tour.

Before beginning the 9 mile (14 km) river journey down the Shotover, formerly one of the world’s richest gold-bearing rivers, expert guides deliver a safety briefing and then launch your raft into the gentle waters of Deep Creek. You quickly hit the lower canyon where the Grade 3-5 rapids have names like Pinball and After Shock.

Experience the eerie darkness of the 170-metre (560-foot) Oxenbridge Tunnel, built by the Oxenbridge brothers in a failed attempt to divert water to recover gold from the riverbed.

The final thrill is delivered at Cascade Rapid before reaching the rafting base, where you're treated to a hot shower and sauna.

Optional upgrade to include a helicopter ride $330

Fly over the Wakatipu Basin and Skippers Road - carved into the side of a canyon, it's famous for hairpin bends and sheer drops—before taking you past the Coronet Peak Ski area and along the Shotover River, with Grade 3-5 rapids.



  • Guided rafting trip down the Shotover River

  • Wetsuit & safety equipment hire

  • Extensive safety briefing

  • Hot showers & a sauna

  • Roundtrip transport to and from your Queenstown hotel for AM tours only

Know before you book:

  • You must be 13 or older.

  • Children aged 13-17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

  • You must be water confident and able to swim to take part in this activity.

  • You must weigh at least 6 stone 4 pounds (40 kg).

  • At least 8 people are required for the rafting trip to take place.

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