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Kawarau River

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

  • Activities

    Adventure, Rafting

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    4.5 Hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Daily @ 8:15 & 1:15 p.m.

  • Starting Location

    Queenstown Rafting Shop: 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown

  • Price Includes

    Transfer from downtown Queenstown to rafting base, Full wetsuit rafting clothing and safety equipment, Transfer to Gibbston Valley via Arrowtown, Extensive safety briefing, Rafting on the Kawarau River, Hot showers and sauna, Transfer/ return travel to downtown Queenstown

  • Notes

    Bring: Swimsuit and towel, Money for snacks and photos, Minimum Age: Min age 13 years, Min weight 40 kg (88lb), Under 18s - Guardian conditions apply


  • Relaxed rafting experience
  • Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery while still getting the whitewater experience
  • Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long Dog Leg rapid




Trip Info

The Kawarau River run is the perfect rafting excursion for those looking for a more relaxed experience, or for those new to rafting! This trip includes plenty of whitewater action, as well as some relaxation to soak in the beautiful surrounding scenery. The Kawarau River starred in Lord of the Rings, and paddling down the canyon is a feeling of traveling through the heart of Middle Earth. Another feature of this river run is the unforgettable 400 m long Dog Leg Rapid; New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid. Your guides are all qualified and ensure a safe and informative experience.

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