Queenstown Rafting, Queenstown

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Queenstown Rafting

Queenstown’s original adventure since 1974. With the best water activities in New Zealand from half day to multi day - from action packed to relaxed!

Rafting Trips

  • Shotover River - Serious white water! Paddling in the rugged Skippers Canyon, it's not hard to see why the Shotover River (grade 3-5) is the most popular white water rafting in New Zealand.

  • Kawarau River - First time rafters. Ideal for first time white water rafting. This grade 2 - 3 river provides stunning scenery and includes the longest commercially rafted rapid, the 400m Dog Leg.

  • Landsborough - Wilderness Multiday. Experience gourmet food, luxury camping, and an area unspoiled and visited by only a privileged few; this is more than just a multi day white water rafting trip.

  • Flow Fun Canoes - Relaxed & scenic. Specifically designed for those seeking a relaxed and scenic water adventure.

  • Action Combos - Wanting more? Why not pack it all in one day and combine various Queenstown adventure activities like a bungy, jetboat or skydive with your white water rafting trip.

About Queenstown Rafting

Rafting was one of the original adventure activities established in Queenstown.  Back in 1974, Kon Tiki Raft trips as it was then called, started the first commercial rafting in New Zealand, and shortly after became Value Tours Rafting.  In 1987 the company was bought and became known as Kiwi Discovery Rafting but it was finally after an amalgamation of four rafting operations, Queenstown Rafting Ltd, as it is known today was incorporated in 1996.

Queenstown Rafting was a joint business venture between the original locally owned Kiwi Discovery and Real Journeys until 2016 when Real Journeys bought Kiwi Discovery to become the sole owner.  Queenstown Rafting is New Zealand’s largest white water rafting company. The company is regarded as New Zealand’s leader in safety operational procedures for rafting.

Providing an adventure experience from calm to wild waters and half day to multiday, there is something for everyone.

In 1999 Queenstown Rafting was the first rafting company to win a New Zealand Tourism Award, was Qualmark accredited in 2003 and achieved an Enviro Bronze award in 2010. Queenstown Rafting is a major influence in setting the standards for the New Zealand Rafting Industry and recognised internationally for the high level of standards maintained.

Queenstown Rafting Ltd is audited and administered under Maritime New Zealand and complies with all New Zealand legislative requirements as an adventure tourism operator - read more.

Environment and Substainable Tourism

Queenstown Rafting continually looks at ways to reduce its environmental footprint. Eco friendly detergent is used for cleaning wetsuits, vehicles and equipment. Recycling is encouraged and conservation initiatives around the rafting base are ongoing. In addition key staff frequently volunteer their services to conservation projects.

More recently in March 2010 Queenstown Rafting was awarded the Qualmark "green" Enviro bronz award and is a gold sponsor for trialing bio-fuel in the vehicles.

The company works very closely with the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), and over recent years has contributed substantially to conservation in the Landsborough Valley.

By participating in the Landsborough 3 Day Wilderness Experience , clients can actively help in a predator trapping programme funded by Queenstown Rafting. The Landsborough Valley is home to a number of New Zealand’s endangered bird species including the Whio (Blue Duck) and the Mohua (Yellowhead) and since operating in this area, numbers have increased and the trapping program is showing signs of success.

Queenstown Rafting, Queenstown Enquiry Form


35 Shotover Street
Queenstown 9300

Phone: +64 3 442 9792

Freephone: within NZ: 0800 RAFTING (0800 723 8464)

Fax: +64 3 3 442 4609

Web: Visit website

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