We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Challenge Rafting

Open today: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Save
Share
Book In Advance
Tours from Challenge Rafting tend to sell out - travellers recommend booking in advance!
49
All photos (49)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“raft guide”(7 reviews)
“snow melt”(2 reviews)
“mountain road”(2 reviews)
About
Challenge Rafting operates exciting half-day trips on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers in Queenstown. The Kawarau River is suited to first time rafters or those wanting a taste of rafting and is accessed by vehicle. The Shotover River is accessed by...more
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
See all hours
Contact
The Station Building | Cnr Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Website
+64 3-442 7318
Call
Ways to Experience Challenge Rafting
from US$ 235.40
More Info
from US$ 134.30
More Info
from US$ 161.20
More Info
Reviews (103)
Filter reviews
101 results
Traveller rating
65
25
7
2
2
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
65
25
7
2
2
Show reviews that mention
All reviews raft guide snow melt mountain road an awesome experience new zealand rapids rafted heli paddling cascade sally fun booties photos epic
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 101 reviews
Reviewed 8 September 2018

I recently came here with a colleague and loooooved every second of it! We were given excellent safety briefings, the views from the helicopter were absolutely stunning, and the rafting that followed was not only crazy fun but also breathtakingly beautiful. Massive shout out to...More

Thank PatoneyNZ
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for this amazing feedback, we love the helicopter flight into Skipper’s Canyon and the breath-taking views of the river too. Happy to hear our super star team accommodated you well! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 24 August 2018

The Kawarau rafting was my first white water rafting experience and I loved it! The guides are very skilled and make you feel confident! The scenery is incredibly beautiful and you'll have a great time! I was afraid to be cold but they provided all...More

Thank Drey T
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We’re so glad that you had a good time and felt comfortable with the knowledgeable guides. The Kawarau River is absolutely stunning and our wetsuits and equipment keep you nice and warm! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Initially had an issue with the meet. We were booked on the 1pm slot but it was moved to the morning slot. We weren't sure what time to meet (had to look it up on TripAdvisor as it was closed at the time) and we...More

Thank dale250791
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We’re happy to hear you got the full experience (cheesy jokes and all) with our experienced guides. The trip into Skipper’s Canyon is exhilarating and the river is extra fun with more rainfall, glad you had a good time. Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Very nice trip, the staff is amazing. Security is first priority! And they make sure that everyone felt calm and safe. The price is a little to expensive.

Thank Mikkel S
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for such positive feedback, we are happy to hear that you felt safe for the whole trip with our experienced guides and had a good time with us! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 3 March 2018

Despite being apprehensive when booking this (on recommendation from my hostel), I was so pleasantly surprised and rafting down the Shotover river was definitely a highlight of my trip to New Zealand. The guides were all friendly, engaging and knew what they were doing -...More

Thank londonlily9
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

It's great to hear that this was one of your highlights from visiting New Zealand. We’re so happy to have such experienced and friendly guides! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Everything was great about the day, check in staff, the drive in, our driver, our guides , (and the kiwi guide jokes) and especially our guide Tucker- cheers mate😊 River was great, rapids awesome, and great the tunnel was sweet! Thankyou for the awesome day,...More

Thank topstew
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

What a fantastic day you had! Thanks for the feedback, we’re so glad the team made your best adventure in NZ, this is what we’re all here for! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 28 February 2018

This trip was really fun. The bus ride up to the start of the rafting trip was thrilling in itself due to the hairy roads in Skipper's Canyon. Theres a great mix of exciting rapids and calm areas to have a chat and jump into...More

Thank Sean C
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

The Skipper’s Canyon road is one of our favourite parts of the trip too, glad you had fun! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Had a great experience. Never rafted before but the instructors, safety people, and guides were amazing. Taka was our guide- very knowledgeable... no one on our raft ended up in the river (unless we chose to get in)!

Thank Sar C
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

It’s great to hear you enjoyed the trip, it can be a lot of fun to jump into the river when you get the chance! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Wife and I joined a few others for an afternoon jaunt down the Shotover. What a cool bunch of crew running this awesome trip. They put a lot of humour into the trip and love to take the piss out the aussies! The bus trip...More

Thank RustyS215
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Our crew really are awesome and make the trips extra fun! We’d love to have you back rafting with us again. Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

So much fun rafting! This was our first experience rafting and definitely won't be our last! A few boats flipped over in the rapids, which looked pretty scary and cold! Definitely worth the money, would highly recommend.

Thank coco242424
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Challenge Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Glad you had a good time rafting for the first time, the trips are super exciting, we’ll be happy to have you back again in the future! Kind Regards, The Challenge Rafting Team

View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 59 nearby hotels
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa
1,665 reviews
.11 km away
The Dairy Private Hotel
1,001 reviews
.18 km away
Eichardt's Private Hotel
308 reviews
.23 km away
Lomond Lodge Motel & Apartments
639 reviews
.26 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 285 nearby restaurants
Habebes
227 reviews
.05 km away
The Spice Room
616 reviews
.06 km away
Fat Badgers Pizza Bar Queenstown
894 reviews
.07 km away
Red Rock Bar Cafe
176 reviews
.05 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 390 nearby attractions
Queenstown i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
301 reviews
.04 km away
Harris Mountains Heli-Ski
61 reviews
.00 km away
4WD Expeditions
11 reviews
.00 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Challenge Rafting staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines