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Kawarau River Rafting from Queenstown

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    What to Expect
    This grade 2-3 rafting trip is perfect for first time rafters, families and school groups. It provides a great taste of white water action with plenty of opportunities to splash around, try a cliff jump or even swim through a rapid!

    Between rapids you will experience calmer stretches of river, with a unique perspective of the historic Kawarau Bungy Bridge as your raft passes underneath. Experience the rugged Gibbston Valley wine region and Lord of the Rings country as you float through the rocky cliffs and blue waters of the Kawarau River.

    The Grand Finale is the unforgettable 400m Dog Leg Rapid which ends your trip on New Zealand’s largest volume commercially rafted river.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Queenstown Information Centre
    Return Details
    Tour ends in the centre of town
    • White water rafting down the Kawarau River
    • Safety briefing, professional raft guide
    • Use of all necessary equipment - wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet
    • Courtesy coach transfers from meeting location
    • Use of hot showers
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children aged between 13 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Children aged 16-17 can raft alone with a signed consent form from parent/guardian
    • Pregnant woman are unable to raft
    • Minimum age 13 yrs
    • Minimum weight 40kg
    • Basic swimming skills are essential- suitable for less confident swimmers.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 21 January 2019 via mobile

    We had Captain Jack as our guide as he was great. Very friendly, professional and kept us motivated and safe. This was a good entry level rafting trip. Please note at the moment no photos taken on the raft but they are looking to introduce...More

    Thank yourtripmytrip
    TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2019

    It’s great to hear you enjoyed yourselves and that Captain Jack looked after you and ensured you had an exciting trip. The trips are suitable for anyone even if it is your first time rafting, as long as you are a confident swimmer. We are...More

    Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

    We found rafting to be a great experience and the instructors were very knowledgeable. There is a steep walk whilst carrying paddles down to the rafts to commence the activity. Unfortunately, we found Challenge Rafting to be poorly run and unorganised towards the end of...More

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    TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2019

    We are happy that you had a good trip with us and are glad to hear good feedback about our experienced and knowledgeable guides. I’m sorry to hear that the hot showers were not working, this is a very rare occurrence and has been followed...More

    Reviewed 29 October 2018

    It was a great experience and definitely will do it again if i got chance again. Do opt for grade 5 shotover rafting as its more exciting but take note that your insurance might not cover you for grade 3 and above. It will takes...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank Leo L
    TotallyTourism, General Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2018

    Thanks for your review, we’re glad you enjoyed the rafting and that you’d like to do it again! Both our Kawarau and Shotover trips are exciting but it’s true that the Shotover Rafting is more adventurous. Whitewater Rafting is an adventure activity so depending on...More

    Reviewed 24 August 2018

    The Kawarau rafting was my first white water rafting experience and I loved it! The guides are very skilled and make you feel confident! The scenery is incredibly beautiful and you'll have a great time! I was afraid to be cold but they provided all...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
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    TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

    We’re so glad that you had a good time and felt comfortable with the knowledgeable guides. The Kawarau River is absolutely stunning and our wetsuits and equipment keep you nice and warm! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

    Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

    Initially had an issue with the meet. We were booked on the 1pm slot but it was moved to the morning slot. We weren't sure what time to meet (had to look it up on TripAdvisor as it was closed at the time) and we...More

    Thank dale250791
    TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

    We’re happy to hear you got the full experience (cheesy jokes and all) with our experienced guides. The trip into Skipper’s Canyon is exhilarating and the river is extra fun with more rainfall, glad you had a good time. Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

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