Queenstown, South Island

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Kids riverboarding on the Kawarau River near Queenstown

Happy riverboarders on Kawarau River near Queenstown

Riverboarding on the Kawarau River near Queenstown

Kids riverboarding on the Kawarau River near Queenstown

Riverboarding on the Kawarau River near Queenstown

Riverboarding on the Kawarau River near Queenstown

River Drifting – enjoy the scenery, go with the flow!

Riverboarding

Riverboarding is a fun-filled, adrenalin-pumping adventure that is suitable for children from aged 8 through to adults. This is an adventure activity and participants will require lots of energy and enthusiasm!
No experience is necessary (apart from ability to swim) — we start in a calm pool, giving you a thorough safety and technique briefing. You then get to practice moving around before we head off downriver.

The river can move quite swiftly but don't worry — the guides will always be close by and you'll stop often to rest up and give yourself a chance to enjoy the incredible surroundings.
Depending on the day the rapids are graded 2–3 (Grade 3 is waves and white water, but no problems passing through).

Once completed you get the chance to go back and do it all again - this is a great opportunity as second time round you know what's coming and can 'splash out' and get a bit more adventurous!

Riversurfing

Bodyboard up to 12km of New Zealand's best white water tailored by the world's best river guides.
Conquer grade 2-3 rapids and become King of the River, riding the rapids on a bodyboard. You’ll enjoy surfing standing waves, riding whirl pools and eddy lines as well as catching some underwater currents if you are brave enough!
Departs: 8.30am and 2pm (November to March),
1pm (September, October, April) and noon (May).  Min age 8 years.
*Must be able to swim.  Maximum of two under 12s per trip.
Price: $225 pp or $199pp for family of four or more.

Sledging

Sledge 7 km of grade 2 to 3 white water on special river purpose boards.
Sturdy, easy to hold on to, very buoyant and highly manoeuvrable, the sledge keeps you slightly more above the water than bodyboards. This is an action-packed white water adventure for true water lovers.
Departs: 11am (November to March).  Minimum age 12 years.
Duration: 4 to 4½ hours (up to 2 hours in river).
Price: $225 pp

Drifting

Float on bodyboards through a high volume river at a gentler pace with no white water, just tranquil beauty. A perfect trip for the less confident in the water.
Start with an adrenaline boosting Goldfields Jet boat ride upriver. After a safety introduction jump into the calm section of the Kawarau River. 
Departs: January to March.  Minimum age 8 years.
Price: $245 pp (including jet boat ride)

SAFETY

We have a 100% safety record since starting our trips in 1989.  We put on extra guides iif there are children under 12 on the trip.  Participants are subject to trip leader's discretion and must be able to swim.  We reserve the right to cancel or amend any trip due to river, road, weather and safety conditions. Guides’ instructions must be adhered to at all times.

Restrictions:

  • Minimum age is 8 years old.
  • Moderate level of fitness and water confidence required.
  • Everyone must be able to swim.
  • All weather activity but Serious Fun Riversurfing reserves the right to cancel or amend any trip due to river, road, weather, group and safety conditions

Kidz Go special. $199 per person for family of four or more. Mention Kidz Go when you call and book.

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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

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

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.

Christchurch

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.

Queenstown

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

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

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.