Duration: 4 - 5 hours
Experience a scenic helicopter flight into the rafting launch site deep within Skippers Canyon for the mighty Shotover River. Then test your sense of adventure by paddling your way down the whitewater rapids!
No experience is required. Our professional and experienced guides provide instruction and guidance to make your trip even more enjoyable.
Please note that only Heli Rafting is available on the Shotover River during winter, as the Skippers Canyon access road is closed (13th May – 30th Sept). During this time only afternoon rafting sessions wil be available.
Shotover River Rafting
Queenstown’s famous Shotover River provides whitewater rafting action for those looking for extra excitement and thrills. Experience the rugged beauty of the Skippers Canyon as you conquer the wild and untamed Shotover River. Tackle the thunderous ‘Mother’ rapids, a series of six grade 4-5 rapids, before the journey through the darkness of the 170-metre long Oxenbridge Tunnel. Shoot the drop into Cascade Rapid to complete your whitewater rafting adventure.
The Helicopter Line
Discover why Queenstown is best viewed from above!
Experience a thrilling helicopter flight over the Wakatipu Basin, with panoramic views of The Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps.
To reach the Shotover River, fly through the wild and rugged Skippers Canyon and above the whitewater that you’re about to tackle as you approach the rafting launch site.
All rafting trips include:
- Jet boat down the Kawarau River Canyons
- Full wetsuit clothing and rafting equipment
- Whitewater rafting down the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers
- Professional photography services
- Safety briefing
- Hot shower