Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Enjoy a day exploring a Queenstown icon as you tackle six rapids and conquer this infamous wild and untamed river
South Island, New Zealand
5 Hours
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Deep Creek
Vaccination Required
Vaccination Required
What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • Experience the rugged beauty and unspoiled grandeur of Queenstown's Shotover River

  • Enjoy stretches of calm water to take in the views, go for a swim and soak up the history

  • Tackle rapids such as Aftershock, Squeeze, Toilet, and Pinball

  • Raft through the darkness of the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel and shoot the Cascade Rapid to complete the challenge

  • Full wetsuit and rafting equipment included

  • Professional photography services available

  • Full safety briefing

  • Hot shower at the end to warm up

What to Expect

Graded 3-5 which means it’s more exciting to raft and harder to navigate, this Shotover River Rafting experience is jam-packed with adrenaline.


Step across this great frontier and meet the challenge of whitewater rafting on Queenstown’sfamous river, with it's rugged beauty and unspoiled grandeur of breathtaking scenery.


Conquer and tackle six rapids along the way, with stretches of calm water to take in the views, go for a swim and soak up the region's gold mining history.


The long and narrow grade 4-5 Mother is made up of rapids such as Aftershock, Squeeze, Toilet, and Pinball, and is sure to get your blood pumping!


Departure info:

The check in location is conveniently located inside Queenstown Information Centre, on the corner of Shotover and Camp Street.


Hotel pickups:

An accommodation pick up is possible by prior arrangement with the supplier's reservations team, this is generally reserved for group bookings and possible from all centrally located accommodation.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • As the supplier is a vaccinated site, all our visitors (aged 12 years, 3 months +) will need to show their Ministry of Health issued My Vaccine Pass. Your pass will be scanned by one the team – please have a digital or physical copy ready for this upon arrival.

  • All visitors must continue to scan in using the Covid Tracer app or register their visit in writing at the entry point.

  • If you are unwell, please stay at home and call Healthline if you’re experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Please continue good hygiene practices when visiting – sanitiser is available throughout the experiences.

  • During the Covid-19 restrictions, while mask wearing is mandatory, the supplier will be replacing this requirement with the wearing of buff style face covering as they are more practical for this activity than masks, or if normal style mask then it will need to be tucked inside wetsuit.

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Bring a swimsuit and towel. Anything valuable should be left behind at your accommodation.

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You must be water confident and able to swim on this trip. By ‘water confident’ we mean you won’t be daunted by the river movement. Imagine being in the sea with medium waves round you where you can’t stand up and are tossed around a bit. If you feel comfortable with this then you should be ok whitewater rafting on the Shotover River.

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Yes you can, however we do recommend a sports strap or tie for glasses. Once again remember we can’t guarantee the safety of your glasses so if you can do without them then do so.

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Yes, there is a café and bar at the rafting base. There are also toilets at the rafting base and also at Deep Creek where the raft trip starts on the Shotover River.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Full payment is required to secure your booking

  • For your safety, you must weigh between 40kg and 120kg to raft

  • If you are on heart medicine (for high or low blood pressure), you are not eligible for this tour

  • You must be able to swim to attend this tour

  • Guardian conditions apply for under 18

  • You cannot participate if you are pregnant

    Cancellation Policy:

    • Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to trip departure. Trips are non-refundable after this point.
    • Cancellations by The Supplier: Due to weather or river conditions rafting may not be able to operate for safety reasons and an alternative trip date or refund will be offered.

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