Shotover River Rafting

An exciting day out rafting the Shotover River for those who love the adrenaline rush! Supplied with all the clothing and equipment you will need along with a sauna and hot shower, all you need to bring is your sense of adventure.

Shotover River Rafting

Begin with an unforgettable coach trip into Skippers Canyon.Take the winding road up into Skippers Canyon, famous for it's incredible twists and turns, tight corners and exciting cliff edges. The journey into the canyon is part of the whole experience as the road has hardly changed since the days when the canyon was mined for gold. The Shotover River runs through Skippers Canyon and was one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world.

You will then meet your river guide before beginning your white water rafting journey through the spectacular Skippers Canyon. Rafting from Deep Creek over peaceful waters at first, you'll head towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. The adrenalin pumps as you paddle Rock Garden, After Shock, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball and Jaws to name but a few. Raft the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

Tour Type: Activity
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 4.5 hours
Tour Code: DZQN19

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Tour Inclusions

  • Transfer from downtown Queenstown to Rafting Base
  • Full wetsuit rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Transfer to Deep Creek via Skippers Canyon Road
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Rafting on the Shotover River
  • Hot showers at Rafting Base
  • Transfers / return travel to downtown Queenstown


Season Adult  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $199 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 8.00am, 10.00am 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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What a great start to the day, the Shotover River is just beautiful, crystal clear water, great views everywhere you look, big canyons. The drive in was fantastic, down into Skippers Canyon. Remember to end with a nice wine & snack at the bar/cafe over looking the river, great way to spend a few hours. Thanks team, see you next time.
We had a fantastic time on the Shotover with QT Rafting. Their guides were excellent, they were extremely organised and made sure we had as much fun as possible.

Our rafting guide, Kevin, was exceptional and as all the other guides were also, was very professional, friendly and safe. The river and the drive there along Skippers Canyon is beautiful. Definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Queenstown.