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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

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    What to Expect
    Meet at a shop in central Queenstown and shuttle to the rafting base to kick off this family-friendly adventure through Skippers Canyon. The scenic drive boasts astounding views of the area, which is jam-packed with history and gold-mining relics. Your guide will enthrall you with tales from the region's fascinating past.

    Once you're provided with specialized rafting gear to keep warm and safe, take to the water at a put-in point near a pipeline built in 1864. You may recognize the surrounding landscape of the 'Ford of Bruinen' from The Lord of the Rings.

    The 1- to 1.5-hour trip takes you floating down a gentle grade of mild Class I and II rapids, including time for a swim or rock-jump into the Shotover River. Back on shore, you'll return to central Queenstown where your half-day tour concludes.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    39 Shotover St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    4h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Specialized river rafting equipment
    • Qualified rafting guide
    • Transport to rafting base
    • All activities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Bring a swimsuit and towel
    • Member of the NZ Rafting Association
    • Qualmark accredited
    • TripAdvisor Excellence rating for 5 straight seasons
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Family Adventures is what it is! Our 5, 7 and 9 year old girls loved the entire experience. They howled in disappointment when we pulled the boat out of the river at the end of the trip. The guides made everyone feel secure and safe...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Ben1588
    QTRaftGuide, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for your kind review, we look forward to seeing you again in the future. ;)

    Reviewed 23 May 2019

    We booked this last minute after reading online that there was a rafting company that could take our 3 year old as well as his big brother (aged 8). It was a truly wonderful experience from the ride through Skipper's Canyon to the rafting and...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    2  Thank rachetmonkey
    QTRaftGuide, Owner at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    We are humbled by the rating of your boys ;-) thanks again for coming out with our crew! Cheers.

    Reviewed 3 May 2019

    We did a rafting trip in Skippers Canyon in April with our 9 and 10 year olds, and I can't recommend it enough. Simon our guide was great fun, the kids are still raving about their rafting experience. Highly recommend all families give this a...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank parkerlions
    QTRaftGuide, Owner at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thanks again for coming out with us!

    Reviewed 24 April 2019 via mobile

    This is a fantastic rafting trip for beginners and kids. The scenery is spectacular and the river is fun. Our 9 and 7 year olds had a ball, rock jumping and swimming in the "refreshing" waters. Highly recommend this trip

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank Travellingriders
    QTRaftGuide, Owner at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    We're a bit late with this response :-) but thanks heaps for the feedback!

    Reviewed 12 April 2019

    Had such a great day with Simon, Caro and Holly! Would recommend family adventures rafting to everyone of all ages. Myself and a friend went out with family adventures to skippers canyon and had a great day! The trip out to the canyon was gorgeous...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Holly E
    QTRaftGuide, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

    Thank you for your response. Simon and Caro certainly know their stuff! :)

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    9 June 2019|
    Response from AmelCoq | Reviewed this property |
    Around 250 USD for 5 people. Leave at 9:00, Come back at 3:00 After good lunch.
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    • Duration: 4h 30m
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English
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