Queenstown, South Island

Family Adventures rafting Queenstown

Family Adventures rafting Queenstown

Child jumps into Shotover River

Family Adventures Rafting on Shotover River in Queenstown

Family Adventures Rafting on Shotover River in Queenstown

Family Adventures Rafting on Shotover River in Queenstown

Family Adventures Rafting - kids having a splash

Family Adventures Rafting on Shotover River in Queenstown

The road into Skippers Canyon with Family Adventures Queenstown

Family Adventures Rafting on Shotover River in Queenstown

Family Adventures Rafting on Shotover River in Queenstown

Family Adventures Rafting - summer only

For ages 3–103 (older by arrangement) We specialise in soft adventure trips, rafting the gentle rapids of the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River. Our bus and raft adventure is an exciting way to experience the goldmining history of amazing Skippers Canyon, experience easy rafting that’s just perfect for the kids and create memories of a lifetime! Our trip is suitable for everyone from 3 years upwards. Join us for a half day of family fun! Water confidence not necessary.

We are a local family-owned and operated raft company where your safety, enjoyment and comfort is our priority. We provide friendly, professional NZRA guides, transport, modern rafting equipment, helmets, wetsuits or overpants, polar fleeces, spray jackets, life jackets, booties and refreshments. You need to bring swimwear (togs), towel and camera. Water confidence not necessary. Drive only options, personal charters and helicopter options by arrangement.

Departs: 7.45am & 1.30pm
We meet at Alpine Sports, 39 Shotover Street, Queenstown


Book a trip with us between 16th December and 1st February and one child goes FREE (minimum family of four).


This adventure is a safe, yet exciting way of introducing children to the fun of white water rafting. The rapids are low grade and require no skill to ride over them, but children love the thrill! No swimming or immersion is necessary unless desired.  We travel into the Canyon on the famous Skippers Road which is protected by the NZ Historic Places Trust. Our raft launch point is “The Ford of Brunin” made famous by the Lord of the Rings movies.


Family members who don't wish to raft can still join the trip, enjoy the spectacular scenery of the journey into Skippers Canyon and listen to the colourful commentary and intrepid stories of the area's history. Please enquire for spectator rates.
The Family Adventures base has changing rooms and toilets and food and drinks are served after your river trip.


Adult $199, Child $120. Drive-only (non-rafters) $70.
Book a trip with us between 16th December and 1st February and one child goes FREE (minimum family of four).

Maritime NZ audited & Members of the NZ Rafting Association and NZTIA.

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New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

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