Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

Kid Friendly in New Zealand

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5 out of 5

Tour description provided by Viator

Raft the gentle upper reaches of the Shotover River on this half-day trip through Skippers Canyon. You'll drive from Queenstown through a former gold-mining region and learn about this significant part of New Zealand's history. The Class I and II rapids are suitable for ages three years old and up.
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.

What’s included

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Specialized river rafting equipment
  • Qualified rafting guide
  • Transport to rafting base
  • All activities

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Family friendly
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Led by a local guide