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Action packed white water rafting with the largest rafting operator in New Zealand. With over 30 years experience on the Shotover and Kawarau rivers, Queenstown Rafting continue to thrill customers with fun and adventure rafting. No prior rafting...more
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35 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+(64)442 9792
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

I would highly suggest people do this. Yes of course its scary but thats what makes it fun and worth while. If your scared I maybe suggest going in a group. Overall it was really good and I would definitely recommend this for members of...More

Thank 14,095
Reviewed 8 June 2018

This is the most exhilarating ride of your life!! The raft guides/captains are expert river rafting gods:) I would do it again! Do the Shotover if you're ever in Queenstown, NZ

Thank Vosges
Reviewed 15 May 2018

Had a fantastic time rafting on the Shotover river. The guides were all fantastic, they run a well oiled operation and very interactive and chatty with us. The rapids were great and the scenary was lovely. Would definitely do it again.

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Such a fun half day activity, come rain or shine! It honestly doesn’t matter if it’s raining because well, you’re gonna be white water rafting so you WILL get wet. The 40 minute journey to get to the river is stunning itself, and will take...More

Thank hannnxo
Reviewed 3 May 2018

We are not experienced white water rafters. The day we went with the group, the rapids were running category 4-5. Not asking (our mistake) we thought the scale went to 10. Nope. It goes to 5 (6 actually, but you can't ride those). So we...More

Thank Frank C
Reviewed 25 April 2018

Epic fun highly reccommended ! My wife and i had a great time with the crew and found the staff and experience right from the start really enjoyable

Thank BlakeyJohnston
Reviewed 22 April 2018

An incredible way to end our adventures in New Zealand! I knew the white water rafting with Shotover would be good... I had no idea it would be great! The trip starts with a bus ride that's almost as crazy as the rafting! Driving on...More

Thank Keanu C
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

One of the highlights of our tour. Wasn’t disappointed. Had an amazing time. Jack our raft guide was very good and kept was entertained. We had so many rapids and even our journey to shotover river was so scenic We also went through a tunnel...More

Thank Rachael C
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We booked a rafting on the shotover river, they called us the day before and said it wasn’t happening due to weather conditions, fair enough, and we rescheduled for the day after instead when they said chances would be good to be able to go....More

Thank Hannes R
Reviewed 30 March 2018

What an amazing adventure!! Had so much fun with our experienced guide (can’t remember his name, from South Africa). Thanks so much for not keeping us in “time out”!!! Haha. Started off with a fun bus ride complete with amazing views of mountains, rivers, and...More

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20 February 2018|
Response from Julius G | Reviewed this property |
They might fall out if you don't have straps on them. I used my contacts when I went.
30 May 2017|
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Response from Linda G |
I was traveling with rafting novices so we booked the Kawarau. Our trip did not make and we had the option of switching to the Shotover. We were so glad that we switched. The Shotover wasn't that scary for the novices and... More
12 February 2017|
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Response from QueenstownRafting | Property representative |
Hi Carol, Thanks for getting in touch, I think you have already answered your own question unfortunately, active paddling with a bad neck is not advised. You will need to paddle and in certain areas paddle hard (on either... More