|Otago / Southland Companies
Family Adventures are specialists in soft adventure family trips rafting and kayaking the upper reaches of the famous Shotover River, Queenstown.
We are the only operator in Queenstown licensed to take children until 13 years on raft trips because the section of the river that we raft has only grade one and two rapids.
The trip kicks off with a drive into the famous Skippers Canyon – quite possibly the most spectacular drive in NZ! The views are astounding and the area is jam packed with history and gold mining relics. Our knowledgeable guides will enthrall you with tales from the colorful 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.
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.
Special packages for groups & conferences by arrangement.
PO Box 1224
Phone 03 442 8836 or 0800 4 RAFTING
WHITE WATER SLEDGING IS AN ACTION PACKED ADVENTURE THROUGH THE GORGE!
Sledging is the best way to get up close and personal with the mighty waters of the historic Kawarau River. Each trip is small and personalized with experienced guides who train and guide you, but ultimately,YOU are in control!
This all weather physical adventure takes you through fast flowing rapids, waves, boils, whirlpools, and a chill out final section, which allows you to enjoy the amazing scenery of the Kawarau Gorge.
Ride the rapids on our custom made river sledges: front guard protection, buoyant and easy to hold on to with handles and elbow grooves, channelled to fit body comfortably.
Haven't had enough? You have the option to jump in for a second run for a total of up to 12 km of fun!
For bookings and enquiries contact us on
03 4425262 / BOOK@FROGZ.CO.NZ
SERIOUS FUN RIVERSURFING
We are World Pioneers in River Surfing
Join our personalised trips, lead by the world’s best trained and qualified guides. We will take you on a white water adventure where you could surf standing waves, ride whirlpools, play on eddie lines, and catch some intense underwater currents.
Serious Fun Riversurfing operates on two sections of the historic Kawarau River: The Roaring Meg and the Chinese Dog Leg. The Trip Leader will choose the most suitable section on the day, based on weather and water level.
Combine a natural setting with the mix of white water to get an adrenaline rush of challenges all packed into your morning or afternoon!
PO Box 564,
Ph: 03 44252962
DART RIVER JET SAFARIS
Queenstown’s Dart River Jet Safaris experiences are unique combinations of breathtaking ‘World Heritage’ scenery, exciting braided river Jet Boating, Maori heritage and inspiring adventure – truly authentic discoveries of everything that makes New Zealand an exceptional destination. Dart River Jet Safaris, the only operator on the Dart River, can take you on the longest and most sensational Jet Boat journeys available in the Queenstown area. They are diverse adventures from the head of mighty Lake Wakatipu into the pristine Dart River and spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park. Explore this World Heritage Area steeped in legend and mystery with the journey that suits you best from our range of 3 amazing Safari options – the discovery of the Wilderness Safari, the exhilarating Jet Boat Safari, or the unique Funyak Safari adventure.
The Funyak Safari is truly unique – it’s the only experience of its type in the Queenstown region and is the most fun way to explore and experience every aspect of this amazing area.
First of all you’ll travel an exciting 1 1⁄4 hours up the Dart River by Jet Boat, with all the thrills of braided shallow river Jet Boating and world famous jet spins, then you’ll begin your ‘Funyak’ journey in one of our unique inflatable ‘Funyak’ canoes.
After full instructions, you’ll paddle / drift for a spectacular two hours downstream, taking in all the awe-inspiring sights found amidst the Dart River’s shimmering channels. Stop amongst the ancient beech forest to enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch and explore the hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms such as the beautiful Rockburn.
Then continue downstream to Paradise, where you’ll be taken by 4WD coach to Glenorchy, stopping to view the stunning scenery that has inspired films the world over.
Dart River Jet Safaris
Booking Office - Queenstown Information Centre
Corner Camp and Shotover Streets
PO Box 76
Phone: +64 3 442 9992
We are locally owned and operated and are NZ's largest rafting operator. We provide excitement on two local Queenstown rivers as well as a 3 day, 2 night wilderness rafting experience in South Westland on the Landsborough River. The Shotover River is one of NZ's most popular rafting rivers and travels through the spectacular Skippers Canyon, the world's 2nd largest gold bearing river. The Kawarau is a scenic, large volume river culminating in the largest commercially rafted rapid, the 400m Dog Leg.
The Landsborough wilderness rafting experience is a journey through isolated, unspoiled New Zealand back country. Everything is provided, including amazing meals and exciting river action. Two night's camping in this incredible wilderness area makes this a unique NZ wilderness experience. Our purpose built rafting base is situated on the banks of the spectacular Shotover River and offers après-rafting facilities including hot showers, saunas and our fully licensed café called Cavells Café & Bar for purchasing refreshments and food.
35 Shotover Street
Queenstown, New Zealand
Free Phone: 0800 RAFTING (0800 723 8464)
Phone: +64 3 442 9792
Fax: +64 3 442 4609
WILD EARTH ADVENTURES
Silver Peaks Rafting & Jet Boat Tours
Enjoy a great day out on the Taieri River either rafting the gorge or jet boating up the river and rafting down the lower Taieri River. Fabulous scenery is the strong point of the first part of the trip, as you pass through native coastal bush that is over 8 centuries old. Enjoy the thrill of whitewater as we head down the gorge to the BBQ site. Recharge with a bite to eat, relaxing in the peace and tranquility on the banks of the river surrounded by native bush. After lunch there are opportunities to wander through the bush for a guided walk. Then complete your rafting trip to end at Outram Glen.
Add an extra level of activity and excitement to your day rafting through the Taieri Challenge. An exciting motivational activity designed to get your group working as a team. We have a variety of trip options to suit all ages and abilities from Primary School students to fit teams looking for an extra challenge. Just call or email for further details and a price list.
Wild Earth Adventures
Emma Ramsay Brown
95 Riccarton Rd East
Ph (03) 489 1951
Fx (03) 489 1952
Mb (027) 6400 185