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RealNZ - Shotover River Whitewater Rafting

Join us to raft the iconic Shotover river for a whitewater rapid adventure like no other, as we expertly guide you through grade 3-5 rapids!


  • Paddle the infamous grade 3-5 rapids of the Shotover River
  • Raft the 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel
  • Navigate 6 exciting rapids
  • Enjoy outstanding world-class scenery

Get ready for a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure on the iconic Shotover river as we navigate the rapids that carve their way down the valley.

Your adventure begins with a 40-minute journey along the historic Skippers Road, one of the Top 10 most dangerous roads in NZ. We’ll get your adrenalin pumping even before you hit the water, as you travel down the dirt road cut during the 1860’s gold rush.

The upper section of the Shotover River gives you and your paddling team time to practice your paddle techniques and be briefed for the exhilarating rapids ahead. Our knowledgeable rafting guides who are expertly trained, and possess a keen sense of adventure will then navigate your raft through the grade 3- 5 rapids, aptly named aftershock, squeeze, toilet and Oh Sh*t.

Your journey comes to an end through the darkness of the 170m long Oxenbridge Tunnel before finally taking on the Cascade rapid. Don’t worry, hot showers are available on your return!

Per Person $199.00 (13 years +)

What's included

  • Transfer from downtown Queenstown to rafting base
  • Full wetsuit rafting clothing including booties & safety equipment
  • Scenic drive down Skippers Canyon Road
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Rafting on the Shotover River
  • Hot showers
  • Transfer/ return travel to Queenstown downtown


  • Approximately 4.5 hours


  • Check in at RealNZ, 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.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • 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 24 hours of departure are non-refundable.

Available Bookings from January 29 to February 04

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sat 29 Jan
Sun 30 Jan
Mon 31 Jan
Tue 1 Feb
Wed 2 Feb
Thu 3 Feb
Fri 4 Feb

  • Per Person$199.00

  • Per Person$199.00

  • Per Person$199.00

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


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kimn3 from Australia wrote on 07 January 2020


We were told that it rained for two weeks and that many sessions were cancelled before us. While we were driven up onto the Skippers Canyon and down to the river, it was still raining and we were given several serious warnings...I’m a competent swimmer but when the guide says to everyone ‘you need to be an “Olympic” swimmer’, I thought I should be fine since I’ve done white water rafting before and I was fine...Anyway I ended up falling into the “worst part” and almost drowned, I was semi-conscious by the time I was pulled out of the water and there was no other way back but to get back onto the raft and continue on. Overall, I’m glad I did it and came out alive but I will never do it again. In saying that, thank you to the guides for an epic ride.

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Oh Kim, well done on your positive attitude, thanks for coming out rafting :)

chelseat from Australia wrote on 22 February 2020


What a beautiful day with good banter and amazing views. Thankyou Percy for the expert bowel movement advice. The Buffet was a ripper!!

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daniellam3 from New Zealand wrote on 23 January 2022


Easy to book. Little tricky finding the meeting point in town as the signage isn’t great, however once our party of 3 arrived the service and experience thereafter was fantastic. Great afternoon had on the water. Would book this experience again.

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Colin Mccormack from Ireland wrote on 19 January 2022


Had a brilliant time. The guides were amazing. Definitely would recommend to a friend.

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kellyb28 from New Zealand wrote on 15 January 2022

So pleased we did this

Awesome experience

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