Riverboarding - Serious Fun
Join world pioneers to surf the historic Kawarau River with our amazing guides. In these pristine waters experience fast flowing rapids, sheer drop cliffs and magnificent scenery.
If you’re going to do one water activity in Queenstown, it HAS to be Riverboarding.
Riverboarding started in Queenstown over 25 years ago when Jon Imhoof, a surfer from Hawaii, discovered the Kawarau River was ideal for riding the waves on a bodyboard. Today we offer Riverboarding at three levels of adrenaline adventure, in small personalized groups. Our fully qualified and experienced guides will train and lead you throughout our half day trips.
(prices quoted in NZ$, subject to change)
Level 1 – Drifting. Adults & children $245.00 per person
Season runs from mid-January to mid-March.
Trip requires a minimum of 4 people to confirm.
Minimum age is 8 years but you must contact us for prior arrangement for 8 to 12 year olds. Maximum of 4 under 12 year olds per trip.
This trip is for those who would like to experience a high volume river at a more gentle pace. Start off with an adrenaline boosting jet boat ride upriver. Then jump into the chill out section of the Kawarau River and enjoy the scenery and beautiful water on a bodyboard.
Level 2 – Sledging. Adults & Children $225.00 per person
Season runs from the 1st of December to 31st March.
Trip requires a minimum of 3 people to confirm. Minimum age of 12 years.
Step up your water experience to the next level! Ride grade 2-3 Roaring Meg rapids on our custom made river sledges, which are buoyant and manoeuvrable, easy to hold on to and channelled to fit the body comfortably. Sledging is a great way to get up close and personal with the mighty waters of the Kawarau River. This all-weather physical adventure takes one through fast flowing rapids, waves, boils, whirlpools, and a chill out final section, which allows enjoyment of the amazing Kawarau Gorge scenery.
Level 3 – Riversurfing. Adults & Children $225.00pp. Family of 4 or more $209.00pp
Season runs from the 15th of September to the 30th of June.
Trip requires a minimum of 3 people to confirm.
Minimum age is 8 years but you must contact us for prior arrangement for 8 to 12 year olds. Maximum of 2 under 12 year olds per trip.
Challenge yourself to our top rush! This exhilarating trip operates on 2 sections of the Kawarau, either on the Roaring Meg or on the Chinese Dogleg Section, depending on river flow and season. Conquer grade 2-3/4 rapids on a bodyboard. Optimize the rush by surfing waves, spinning in whirlpools, playing on eddy lines, and riding underwater currents. This high volume river is rocking with adrenaline!
September, October and April daily at 1.00pm.
November to March twice daily at 8.30am & 2.00pm.
May and June daily at midday.
December to March daily at 11:00am.
January to March daily at 11:00am.
- From Queenstown CBD, or en route from accommodation upon request.
- Self-drive to base.
- About 4.5 hours with up to 2 hours in the river.
- 5mm full steam wetsuit, booties, life jacket, helmet, fins and board.
- Swimwear and towel, plus a sense of adventure!
- Minimum 12 years of age.
- 8 to 12 year olds by prior arrangement — please contact us first.
- Must have confidence in water, basic swimming skills and moderate level of fitness.
- Medical restrictions may apply.
- Any drug or alcohol impairment is not permitted.
- No refund for trips cancelled within 24 hours of trip departure.
For bookings and enquiries contact us on 03 4425262 or 0800 SERIOUS / firstname.lastname@example.org
Serious Fun Riverboarding Ltd, Queenstown Enquiry Form
39 Shotover Street
Phone: +64 3 442 5262
Freephone: 0800 SERIOUS (7374687)
Fax: +64 3 442 5265
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