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Address: 39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 8836
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A gentle scenic excursion packed with family fun for everyone from 3 to 103...

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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We booked the Shotover river rafting with family adventures, as they were the only firm to offer this to children under 14. They were a very professional and fun group of people... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 21 January 2015

We booked the Shotover river rafting with family adventures, as they were the only firm to offer this to children under 14. They were a very professional and fun group of people and gave us much confidence. The bus trip to our starting point was terrifying but we felt in safe hands (Simon). We left our clothes locked in their... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, we really appreciate all the comments, glad you felt safe in Simon's hands, it was his first day on the job (just kidding ;-0) More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2015

Visited Family Adventures in October with a family of six (kids ages 8 to 12) and had a blast! Simon and Mark really made the experience special by narrating the drive through Skippers Canyon, teaching you about the history of the area, telling jokes and just otherwise being a lof of fun. The ride through Skippers Canyon alone is worth... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for your great feedback! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2015

This was an amazing trip and would recommend to anyone with children. The driver and guides were great fun and made everyone feel safe, happy and ready for adventure. Our drive into Skippers Canyon was spectacular....and fine so long as you didn't look out the window at the sheer drop! In saying that, we felt completely safe in Mark's capable... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback, great to hear you felt the trip was good value. We realise it can be a lot of money for a family, we have had the same price for the last 4 years, we try and keep our costs down so it is affordable for most. At the end of the day you are getting a... More 

San Diego, California
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2015

Our family of 4 loved the experience. The guides were really fantastic and shared a lot of great information on the drive up there. The scenery was gorgeous, and the rafting was fun. My whole family especially enjoyed the chance to do some rock jumps into the river and to swim alongside the raft. The rock jumps made it a... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, come back soon!!!! More 

DUBBO
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2015

Family Adventures is one of the best finds in Queenstown. With a family with ages 5 to 17 it is hard to find an activity for the entire family. This IS IT. With great staff (Mark and Andre) we headed off on a great bus ride down Skippers Canyon. The scenery is simply amazing. The rafting was fantastic with opportunities... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to place your feedback & please spread the word :-) Great to hear you all had fun, we are only a small company, and haven't got much money to spend on advertising so getting reviews like yours is just awesome! take care More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 January 2015

Great time and very well run operation, my family of 5 (2 adults & 3 kids) loved it, ages from 45 to 6. While we have been paddling for years, this was our first opportunity to take the kids rafting and we'd do it again in a heartbeat. Amazing location, great guides and the owner even drives the bus in... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for your feedback, we are a very small team (of 5, including the owner) so there's a good chance you will bump into all of us on any given day :-) More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 January 2015

very professional, very safe, a lot of fun! we have been recently with our daughter who is 4 and she just loved very much, no fear at all: swam in the cold river and laugh at all the splashes! great service from the start, the tour (a bit scary road but Simon, the great story teller, managed the passengers to... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, great to hear everyone had a blast. Cheers More 

Shanghai
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2015 via mobile

The three young people are super fun, great with kids, we all LOVE them! The drive along skippers Canyon is stunning, it is really a hidden treasure of New Zealand! Great value! Most memorable activity in our three weeks travel here! Good job!

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Thanks for your feedback, we appreciate it! More 

Sydney, Australia
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73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2015 via mobile

Family Adventures does exactly what they say they'll do. They take the whole family on a rafting trip that really does work for even very young kids. Highlights for me were the drive into and out of Skippers Canyon, the jump off the "cliff"into the legendary ice cold waters of the Shotover River, and watching my kids have a total... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks Andrew. You hit the nail right on its head :-) thanks for the great review! More 

Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2015 via mobile

I can't add much more to all the other fab reviews, the 4 of us (mum, dad and 2 girls 11 and 9) enjoyed the whole experience from bad joke corner through the story of Rex, rafting down the river, being soaked by the jet boats and jumping into the 'refreshing' water from the rocks. The guides are fantastic keeping... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Coming from Scotland, I'm sure you found the water "balmy" ;-) Great to hear you all had fun, thanks again for coming out with us and for your feedback. Cheers More 

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