Family Adventures - Queenstown

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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 in Queenstown

 • 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: the Station building bus stop, corner of Camp St and Shotover St, please arrive 10mins before departure time.


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




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