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RealNZ - Kawarau River Jet to Raft

RaftingTick off two epic kiwi bucket list options at once with the RealNZ Jet Boat & Kawarau River Rafting experience...


  • Start with an iconic 40 minute jet boat experience along the Kawarau River
  • Power along at speeds of up to 95km/h with plenty of famous 360 spins
  • Experience the scenic yet equally thrilling Grade 2 - 3 Whitewater Rafting on the Kawarau River
  • Navigate New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid, the 400m Dog Leg
  • Get more thrill and spend less money with our epic combo!

To experience the ultimate thrill and get more bang for your buck, RealNZ has combined two essential kiwi activities in one epic combo - the iconic RealNZ Jet Boat and Kawarau River Whitewater Rafting!

You'll begin the adventure powering down the Kawarau River by Jetboat reaching speeds of up to 95km/h while skimming the surface of the water and experiencing perfectly executed 360 spins.

Your expert driver will enlighten you on Queenstown's intriguing history by way of exciting commentary while you enjoy the ride and soak up the spectacular surrounding scenery.

Next up, take a more relaxed yet equally thrilling Whitewater raft along the Kawarau River, getting you up close to the grandeur of New Zealand wilderness and invoking the sense of paddling through the heart of Middle Earth.

Our guides will take you on more relaxed stretches of the river so you have time to sit back and soak up the beautiful scenery and expertly help you navigate a mix of exciting Grade 2 -3 rapids including the 400m log Dog leg rapid - New Zealand's longest commercially rafted rapid!

We challenge you to delve deeper, go further than the average experience and Go beyond with us.

Per Person $199.00

What's included

  • 40 minute RealNZ Jet Boat ride
  • 1 Hour 45 Minute Whitewater Raft
  • Spray Jacket
  • Life Jacket
  • Full wetsuit rafting clothing (including booties) and safety equipment
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Hot showers
  • Transfer/ return travel to Queenstown downtown


  • Approximately 4.5 hours


  • Check-in at RealNZ Rafting, Camp Street, Queenstown.


  • Minimum age: 13
  • You must be able to swim.

    You must have reasonable fitness.

    You must not be pregnant.

    You must weigh between 40-120 KG.

    You cannot have a diagnosed heart condition or high/low blood pressure.

    Guardian conditions apply for under 18 years.


  • Trips are weather, river level and/or water temperature dependent.

    It is advisable to leave valuables at home including cameras. No personal GoPros allowed on the trips for safety reasons.

  • Check In: Please check in a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure. Extra time is required as groups will not be able to board as one each will need to show their My Vaccine Pass and this cannot be done prior to check-in.

    Minimum booking numbers apply for trip confirmation. 'No shows' or cancellations within 48 hours of departure are non-refundable..

Available Bookings from January 26 to February 01

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  • Per Person$149.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$149.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$99.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$99.00 Less than 6 at this price!

  • Per Person$99.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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whsam28 from New Zealand wrote on 22 December 2021

Great crew, wonderful experience!

We are first timer on rafting and have been taking care of by the amazing crew. It turns out to be the most memorable adventure of our trip in South Island. Highly recommended to all.

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staceym7 from New Zealand wrote on 18 January 2022

Rafting and jetboat ride

The best thing we did in queenstown fun for everyone

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elwardo from New Zealand wrote on 14 January 2022

100% worth it. Great for first timers.

Wicked experience, me and my wife have never been white water rafting untill now. The south african bloke"forgot name sorry" was highly experienced with training and walking us through each step before we hit the gnarly rapids. The whole team felt comfortable and safe under his supervision. If you not a strong swimmer this may not be for you in my opinion.wicked guys, thanks heaps. Ps love the MOG!!

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ladygracie22 from New Zealand wrote on 10 January 2022

So good!😀

The staff are very experienced and professional. Our family had an extraordinary experience. Would definitely go again next time.

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karenw6 from New Zealand wrote on 07 January 2022

Double the fun

A brisk summer morning we were greeted with a smile for the start of a well organised morning. First up to get kitted out in our wetsuits and safety gear, blimmin amazing at guessing sizes! Next head off for out jet boat ride with lovely scenery and fun 360s. Another safety briefing and we were in our rafts, being told that we were paddling soft.. Hee Hee, our guide was correct. Sorted we paddled, jumped off a high rock did a helicopter and fell in (Will did it deliberately and water was fine!) a couple of rapids and our morning done! Loved it!!! Highly recommended 😊

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