Queenstown Kawarau River White Water Rafting

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Experience the adrenaline-charged thrill of white-water rafting on Queenstowns Kawarau River! As you paddle through the stunning scenery, you'll feel like you are rafting through the heart of Middle-earth, as it was the Kawarau River that starred as the River Anduin in 'The Lord of the Rings' movie trilogy. This grade II to III rafting trip is suitable for all fitness levels, and no experience is necessary.

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From central Queenstown, travel approximately 25 minutes by road to the rafting start point on the Kawarau River. After you are fitted with a wetsuit and lifejacket, receive some training and a full safety briefing from your expert guide. Then it's time to hit the river!

From the moment you push off from the riverbank, begin experiencing the endless excitement of the Kawarau River. Hold on tight and enjoy the rush of adrenaline as your raft twists and turns through the rushing grade II and III rapids.

Your guide will help you paddle along the river and show you the best way to navigate the rapids. Between the thrills, don't forget to look around as you travel through some of New Zealands most spectacular alpine scenery. If you're a Lord of the Rings fan, you may recognize some of your surrounds from the movie trilogy.

At the end of your rafting adventure, warm up with a sauna and hot shower at the rafting base, and perhaps reward your new or improved rafting skills with a well-earned hot chocolate, beer or snack (available for purchase from the licensed bar).

Inclusions for Queenstown Kawarau River White Water Rafting

  • Use of hot showers and sauna facilities
  • Wetsuit, rafting clothing and all other equipment provided
  • Extensive safety instructions and paddling techniques

Exclusions for Queenstown Kawarau River White Water Rafting

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 13 years. Children aged between 13 and 15 years must be accompanied by a guardian

All travelers between the age of 15 and 18 years require a waiver to be signed by a guardian if they are unaccompanied

You must bring a swimsuit and towel

Travelers MUST have a "minimum weight" of 88 pounds  (40kg) to participate on this tour

Water confidence although not essential is recommended

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • We had so much fun! Our 'guide' Chief was excellent. He was concerned for our safety and at the same time made sure we all had a blast. It was a perfect way to see the river without the concern for injury or mishap. Felt safe, felt challenged, and had a blast.
    Would definitely do it again.

  • Fab experience but a bit short.Also if you are quite fit and want a bit of excitement go for the more advanced option.This is seriously tame.Great guides.

  • Good experience

  • The only complaint I had.. it was too short!!! We enjoy so much and just wouldn't want to leave...Too fun and hope to do it again

  • It was snowing the day we rafted but the wetsuit and jackets were very warm. I wish they had provided gloves though. The guides were very good. I'd never done whitewater rafting before and was quite nervous but they made the experience enjoyable and thrilling without the fear factor.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • Rafting is great fun. The staff are excellent. They ensure your safety throughout the journey and make the atmosphere enjoyably and friendly together

  • This tour was amazing!

  • Excellent, beautiful, thrilling, professional and fun!

  • Did this on our first day in New Zealand. What a great way to start our vacation. Guides and staff were wonderful and everybody had a great time! Parts of the river ran slowly enough to allow us to fall out of the raft for a short while and float along with the river! Highly recommended!

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