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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

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Raft the gentle upper reaches of the Shotover River on this half-day trip through Skippers Canyon. You'll drive from Queenstown through a former gold-mining region and learn about this significant part of New Zealand's history. The Class I and II rapids are suitable for ages three years old and up.

What You'll Get

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.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Bring a swimsuit and towel
  • Member of the NZ Rafting Association
  • Qualmark accredited
  • TripAdvisor Excellence rating for 5 straight seasons
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Specialized river rafting equipment
  • Qualified rafting guide
  • Transport to rafting base
  • All activities

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

4 hours 30 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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