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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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“rafting trip” (25 reviews)
“skippers canyon” (72 reviews)
“rock jump” (18 reviews)
39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 8836

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We are a family of 4 (myself, wife, 9 yr old boy and 7 yr old boy) we could not have had a better experience. Simon was amazing, tailoring the whole experience toward the kids. He is great with the jokes and the kids! From...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Kids loved this activity. The guides provided lots of history of the local region, excellent views and a few good jokes. The actual rafting was great for my 3, 6 and 7 years old kids and will probably be a highlight of nz that they...More

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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
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Thanks heaps for your feedback - sorry for taking so long to respond, we have been in hibernation ;-) just waking up now ready for another summer... thanks again.

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 :-)

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