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Family Adventures

39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 8836
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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip
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A gentle scenic excursion packed with family fun for everyone from 3 to 103 years old. We take a unique 45 min drive into Skippers Canyon, an iconic area steeped in gold mining history, then float down gentle grade 1 and 2 rapids on the famous Shotover River in either guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. See gold mining relics and sheer canyon walls as we navigate the river with rapid swims and rock jumps.
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  • Very good5%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“rafting trip” (25 reviews)
“rock jump” (18 reviews)
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39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 8836

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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Wanted to do something a little exciting, but having never ridden the rapids before, and with our 12 year old adventurer with us, it needed to be safe. This was an excellent choice. Fantastic trip to the rafting site over Skippers Canyon (so glad I...More

Thank annette r
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

We wanted to take the kids to do something adventurous and off the beaten track while in Queenstown, and for an 8 and 5 year old this seemed like a good bet. The trip was fantastic from start to finish. The bus ride to Skippers...More

Thank Travellingkerrs
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thanks again for coming out with us! Great to hear you had fun! Cheers.

Reviewed 17 April 2017

This was a terrific day out with our kids (aged 10, 11, 13). The weather was rubbish, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of our guides. The skippers canyon driver was crazy but spectacular and the time in the water was fun. This was professional,...More

Thank malcolmg143
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

great to hear, thanks again!

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Visiting Queenstown for a family conference, we were pleased to find that Family Adventures catered for our young families with our 3 & 5yr old. We found that a lot of the activities in Queenstown have an age limit of 6+, which ruled them out...More

Thank Caro1608
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thanks for your extensive feedback - great to hear you had fun and thanks for the suggestions of a few tweaks on our trip. Sandflies - yes, if only we did not have these in nz, we would truly be a perfect paradise. Some days...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

With a young teen too light/small for the higher grade Rapids, we joined this tour. Whilst the whitewater was pretty tame at this time, the drive there in the early morning was spectacular and hair raising! The river was beautiful and the guides very professional...More

Thank Ali2on024
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Great to hear - thanks again for your feedback.

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic experience this was! Family adventures are Professional and friendly, making every part of our experience enjoyable. The bus trip was great also. Ryan was a great rafting guide, he had was friendly, informative and fun. We weren't sure what to expect so...More

Thank Tanya K
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

We look forward to seeing you again - with the kids in tow this time :-)

Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Great day out with our super guides Morgan and Mark. The trip to the base is almost as much fun as the rafting. The scenery and the history add that extra bit of colour to a fun, easy rafting ride down the river. Lots of...More

Thank Travellerwithoutname
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thanks for your feedback - we love hearing stuff like this!

Reviewed 9 April 2017

Really enjoyed the outing with FA the other day! Not only was the rafting a great time but the staff went out of their way to make the entire experience warm, laid back, and fun from beginning to end. It was also surprisingly nice to...More

Thank Baker M
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thanks again for coming out with us and thanks for the great feedback.

Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We went rafting yesterday with Mark, Morgan & Ryan. It was an awesome afternoon & one that we all loved! The crew were fantastic & friendly. Our kids (8yrs & 6yrs) & us had a blast jumping off the rock into the river which was...More

Thank ElissaHarg
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Thanks for coming out with us - great to hear how much fun it was. Cheers and you're more than welcome!

Reviewed 8 April 2017

Would absolutely recommend Family Adventures to anyone looking for a fun & safe trip down the Shotover! The guides really know what they're doing and also have more "dad jokes" up their sleeve than I thought was humanely possible. It was a blast from beginning...More

Thank Kerry U
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Awesome - we look forward to seeing you again ;-) Cheers.

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Puteri S
Youngest 3 year old advisable?
22 October 2015|
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Response from NZBuckStopsHere | Property representative |
Hi Puteri, the minimum age to come on our trip is 3 years old. Hope to see you soon! Cheers
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