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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

Highlights
  • 4.5-hour rafting and sightseeing trip down Skippers Canyon in Queenstown
  • Travel through Skippers Canyon and gain insight into the region’s gold-mining history
  • Navigate the Shotover River’s grade I and II rapids by raft with a guide
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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip
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We are specialists in soft adventure trips rafting the gentle upper reaches of the famous Shotover River. Suitable for everyone from 3 years old. Water confidence is not necessary!
From USD 136.85
Morning Rafting Trip
We are specialists in soft adventure trips rafting the gentle upper reaches of the famous Shotover River. Suitable for everyone from 3 years old. Water confidence is not necessary!
From USD 136.85
Overview
Enjoy wet and wild adventure in Skippers Canyon on this 4.5-hour Queenstown rafting and sightseeing adventure. Take a scenic drive into Skippers Canyon as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich gold-mining heritage. On arrival at base, strap into your safety kit and paddle onto the Shotover River’s swirling Class I and II rapids. During your descent, tackle the river’s swirling twists and turns with a guide and enjoy sweeping views over New Zealand’s beautiful countryside. Then, finish your adventure with a swim or a rock-jump.
What to Expect
Meet at a shop in central Queenstown and shuttle to the rafting base to kick off this family-friendly adventure through Skippers Canyon. The scenic drive boasts astounding views of the area, which is jam-packed with history and gold-mining relics. Your guide will enthrall you with tales from the region's fascinating past.
Once you're provided with specialized rafting gear to keep warm and safe, take to the water at a put-in point near a pipeline built in 1864. You may recognize the surrounding landscape of the 'Ford of Bruinen' from The Lord of the Rings.
The 1- to 1.5-hour trip takes you floating down a gentle grade of mild Class I and II rapids, including time for a swim or rock-jump into the Shotover River. Back on shore, you'll return to central Queenstown where your half-day tour concludes.
Reviews (134)
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Fantastic family trip

This was the highlight of our visit to Queenstown having children in a town set up with activities for young people meant that we needed to look quite carefully for an activity which would be exciting enough but also family friendly. The entire activity took...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wiltshirewanderers
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
The Only company suitable for kids

We Travel with 3 young children (11-9 and 7) and this is the only activity we can organise in family. We were alone on the trip, Simon was great guide, funny with kids and parents. We were in safety either on the gravel tricky road...More

Thank AmelCoq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fun for the whole family!

We had a great experience with our children aged 7, 10 and 15. Very nice and friendly staff. We heard some funny stories about the region and had lot of fun doing rafting on a easy part of the river, so that the activity can...More

Thank Licia125
AntmanQT, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and recommendation, and I'm glad you thought our stories were funny, as we work hard on that!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Our family loved it and my husband said he would do it again.

We went rafting with 2 girls aged 6 and 8. As I have previously white water rafted in NZ (about 15 years ago) I was really worried about the drive out as it is along a winding, dirt road with a steep drop. The kids...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Edevv
AntmanQT, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our trip. We are happy you all had a great time, and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
A MUST DO!

Awesome tour ! Well worth the money would go back over and over, from the bus driver (Willy) to boat driver (Lincoln) you guys were awesome !

Thank 40dylanl
ZQNJedi, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks again!

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