Family Adventures - Queenstown

NOTE: Downloadable images at the bottom of this page!

Family Adventures are specialists in soft adventure trips rafting the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River, Queenstown.


Our trip by bus and raft is a unique way to experience the wonderful backcountry we have close by in Queenstown, and is suitable for everyone from 3 years upwards as we raft only grade one and two rapids.


The trip kicks off with a drive into the in-famous Skippers Canyon – quite possibly the most spectacular drive in NZ! This amazing road is protected by the Historic Places Trust. The views are astounding and the area is jam packed with history and gold mining relics.


Knowledgeable guides will enthrall you with tales from the colourful gold mining past.


We will kit you out with all the gear you’ll need from the ground up at our base beside the historic Pipeline built back in 1864, before taking to the water at the put in point made famous as “The Ford of Bruinen” in the Lord of the Rings movie.


A unique sightseeing & gentle activity trip - The perfect soft adventure for everyone!


• A gentle scenic excursion packed with fun for everyone from 3 to 103 years old

• 45 min scenic drive into Skippers Canyon, an iconic area steeped in history

• Float down gentle Grade 1 & 2 rapids only (aprox 1-1.5 hours on the river)

• Water confidence NOT necessary

• Flexibility to add-on:-

o a longer rafting section to expand from a half day to a full day trip

o meal options

o team building options

 • Customised exclusive groups and private charters available

 • The only raft company who carries children under 13 years on the Shotover River

 • Qualified raft guides & full safety equipment provided

 • Member of NZ Rafting Association

 • Maritime NZ audited activity

 • Qualmark Endorsed

 • Member NZ Tourism Association


Agent bookings

Family Adventures now has the capability to allow international wholesalers and agents to book their clients directly on trips via their own ‘smart button’. Initially concentrating on having this capability for the Australian market, the system can be extended worldwide.


Agents/Wholesalers will use the secure Family Adventures payment & booking site to charge their customers credit card for the excursion in local currency. No more calling internationally for availability, instant confirmation for trips. We now also have the capability of providing agents with an electronic guide for the trip, for their information and their customers’.




Trip Duration: Allow 5.5 hours


Trip Times: October one trip daily at 12.30, and from November to May two trips daily at 7.45 am and 13.30 pm


Departing from: Alpine Sports, 39 Shotover Street, Queenstown


Rafters should bring: Swimsuits & a towel


Photo packs available on flash drive




Family Adventures

PO Box 1224


New Zealand

Booking Phone: +64 3 442 8836

Admin Phone: +64 3 441 8929




Comments: 3
  • #3

    Carolyn - Family Adventures (Thursday, 21 August 2014 06:49)

    As winter draws to a close, we are raring to go for the new rafting season. We’ll be running one trip a day throughout October to maximise the sunshine and fun in the Canyon before reverting to our regular twice daily trip schedule.

    Last year we had one of our busiest ever seasons, but what pleased us immensely was that we continued to back up on our previous Trip Advisor successes. We were awarded a 5 Star Excellence award for the 4th consecutive year (since we joined Trip Advisor!). We continue to rate consistently in the top 10 of activity providers in Queenstown.

    This year we are hoping to our Qualmark endorsements by gaining a Green Enviro Award. We also recently joined the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce and the NZ Tourism Association.

    Also exciting for us this year is the growing number of School and Educational Groups who we are taking out into the Canyon – “education” is sneaking up on kids along with fun – everyone’s happy!

  • #2

    Carolyn - Family Adventures (Thursday, 11 July 2013 17:41)

    Very exciting news - Family Adventures has won for the third year in a row - the Tripadvisor 5 star, Certificate of Excellence for 2013.

    Currently we are closed for the snow season, but watching the daylight hours extend longer each day, and looking forward to 1 October when we will start operating for the 2013 season.

  • #1

    Mark - Family Adventures (Monday, 15 April 2013 16:58)

    As the days draw in and mornings become positively wintery, we continue to raft until early May very smug and happy in our decision this season to renew our snuggly warm fleece rafting gear!

    We’ve had one of our busiest ever seasons, but the real icing on the cake for us was following up on our Trip Advisor success. Backing up our 5 Star Excellence Awards for 2011 and 2012, currently we are ranked #2 highest out of all the Queenstown Activity providers rated.

    Also exciting for us this season was the implementation of a new product developed for School trips. It seems that “education” snuck up on the kids along with all the fun, making everyone very happy!

Rafting on grade 1 & 2 rapids
Rafting on grade 1 & 2 rapids
Family Adventures!
Family Adventures!
Shotover River fun
Shotover River fun
Rafting the historic and scenic Shotover River near Queenstown
Rafting the historic and scenic Shotover River near Queenstown
Great for Conference groups too!
Great for Conference groups too!
Skippers Canyon
Skippers Canyon