Grade 3 - 5
Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Step across this great frontier and meet the challenge of whitewater rafting on Queenstown’s famous Shotover River.
Experience the rugged beauty and unspoiled grandeur of the breathtaking scenery as you conquer this wild and untamed river. Tackle six rapids along the Shotover River, with stretches of calm water to take in the views, go for a swim and soak up its gold mining history.
The long and narrow grade 4-5 Mother is made up of rapids such as Aftershock, Squeeze, Toilet, and Pinball. Raft through the darkness of the 170-metre Oxenbridge Tunnel and shoot the Cascade Rapid to complete the challenge.
The Shotover River is accessed by either vehicle or by helicopter to the remote rafting launch site in Skippers Canyon forged out by gold miners during the big Queenstown gold rush.
Please Note: Rafting on the Shotover River from 13 May to 15 September is only accessible via helicopter. See recommended alternatives below.
We recommend booking the Shotover Heli Raft Combo as the winter alternative.
All rafting trips include:
- Full wetsuit clothing and rafting equipment
- Whitewater rafting down the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers
- Safety briefing
- Hot shower