Queenstown is famous for the sheer variety of adventure sports it has to offer. At any given tourist attraction, there will be at least two adventure sports up for grabs. One such coveted location is the Kawarau River. For those of you who aren’t fond of extreme sports, the Kawarau River is also a historical landmark that can keep the history buffs entertained while the more daring lot jump off bridges and tackle the current of the river. Here’s a bit of a movie trivia for you- did you know that the Kawarau River was the River Anduin in the Lord of The Rings?
The Kawarau Suspension Bridge, about 43 m from the river, makes a perfect spot to try your hand at bungee jumping. In the olden times, this bridge was used to connect the Otega gold mines and Queenstown. Known as the first commercial bungee jumping site of New Zealand, it’s the ideal start to your bungee jumping fantasy. You could either bop over the water or dunk your head in it, or just slink in enough to dip your hands in. Even if you don’t want to leap off the bridge, it’s a treat to watch eager tourists experiencing the thrill of free falling, shrieks and all.
The Kawarau River is considered to be one of the mild rivers and highly recommended for first time rafters or Jet Boarders. No prior rafting experience is required and not only is it safe, but you can also appreciate the beauty of the land from down there. Don’t underestimate the current of the water though! White water river rafting is a popular attraction and a must-do when you visit New Zealand.
- Children below 18 will require a Guardian’s consent to avail of any extreme sports activity.
- The minimum weight requirement for White Water Rafting or any other water sport is 40 kg.
- The Fork and Tap
- La Rumbla
- Jonesys Restaurant and Bar
- Stables Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant
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62.15% of people who visit Queenstown include Kawarau River in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
29.37% of people start their Kawarau River visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
4 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 4 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Kawarau River
91.67% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kawarau River