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Kawarau River Rafting

The Kawarau River is ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience. There’s plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular New Zealand scenery.

Kawarau River Rafting

The Kawarau river is ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience.

There’s plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular New Zealand scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though, as there’s a good chance of a water fight.

It’s the Kawarau River that starred as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings. The grandeur of the canyons imparts a feeling of paddling through the heart of Middle Earth. Whether you are a Lord of The Rings fan or not, this rafting trip offers an insight into the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness.

Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long Dog Leg rapid. New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid.

Tour Type: Activity
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 4.5 hours
Tour Code: DQ8

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Queenstown

Tour Inclusions

  • Transfer from downtown Queenstown to Rafting Base
  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Rafting on the Kawarau River
  • Hot showers at Rafting Base
  • Return travel to downtown Queenstown

Pricing

Season Adult  
1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 $199 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 8.00am and 1.00pm.

What to bring:
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
Additional notes:
  • Minimum age - 13 years
  • Weight restrictions - 40 kg to 120kg
  • Suitable for water competent people of moderate fitness
  • People with a heart condition or taking heart medication are unable to participate
Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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We went to the Kawarau River a few days ago, it was my first time doing rafting and I was really excited about it! The entire experience was Amazing! From the reception until the end.

The guides and the guy in the kayak made us feel really safe, always there for us. The river doesn’t have big rapids, but is fine if you are new, and if you are fan of the Lord of the Rings it is a big plus, because some shots were filmed there! Definitely, great experience! Next time I will do the Shotover!
Queenstown rafting company made this a brilliant experience. A very thorough safety talk & demo. Very knowledge, witty & friendly guides. Michel’s advice is spot on….the Kawarau river (grade 2/3) is the best for first time rafters, rather than getting scared on a grade 5. Thanks guys for a brilliant time.