So far the month of May has brought fresh snow, low temperatures and some beautiful clear days…
As of the 1st June Heli-Rafting is all go for our whitewater rafting trips on the Shotover River. For 3 seasons of the year you have the option to be driven into the river through the spectacular Shotover Canyon. However, in winter the Skippers Canyon Road becomes icy and too dangerous to tackle with our buses. Transfers by Helicopter are our only option to getting guests to fast flowing and exciting Shotover River.
Winter is definitely the season to doubly challenge yourselves, first with the exciting helicopter thrill ride from Coronet peak, down in through the canyons. Then, secondly with a rafting trip that will have your hearts racing, muscles pumped and minds alert as you tackle the marvelous array of grade 3-5 rapids that the Shotover River offers.
If this proves to be a little too challenging for you, we still run the beautiful Kawarau River trip. Rafting along this river, you will be exposed to the beautiful changing Autumn/Winter scenery that the area is displaying at the moment. Bus transfers are still offered to the Kawarau River throughout winter, but you can choose to upgrade to a Heli-Rafting trip if you don’t want to miss out!
So why not set yourself a challenge in between skiing the nearby slopes or wine tasting in the local wineries… here at Challenge rafting we are waiting for your call!
History facts file #1
- The Shotover River was given its name Mr W.G Rees, who was the first European to settle on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. He named it after his business partner’s English Estate – Shotover Park.
- The last time part of the Shotover completely froze over – bank to bank, was in 1991 and 1992.
- In 2007 and 2012 the river began to freeze in parts and large blocks of ice were spotted floating down the fast flowing river.