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Address: 39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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A gentle scenic excursion packed with family fun for everyone from 3 to 103...

A gentle scenic excursion packed with family fun for everyone from 3 to 103 years old. We take a unique 45 min drive into Skippers Canyon, an iconic area steeped in gold mining history, then float down gentle grade 1 and 2 rapids on the famous Shotover River in either guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. See gold mining relics and sheer canyon walls as we navigate the river with rapid swims and rock jumps.

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Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip
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Absolutely pure fun.

From the time we arrived to the time we finished we had a blast. Morgan and Simon we such a laugh, on the way there and back as well on the rafts. The scenery was fantastic and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ningi, Australia

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Ningi, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From the time we arrived to the time we finished we had a blast. Morgan and Simon we such a laugh, on the way there and back as well on the rafts. The scenery was fantastic and was a pleasure to hear the history. Thank You all so much and I would recommend them as we will do back with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mark, Simon & Morgan are fun loving and humorous lot! Along the way to the beach where we rafted, Morgan gave us some background and did a short tour. It definitely adds on to our knowledge of the area better. Of course, they were very attentive and took great care of us during the trip, telling jokes (I fell for... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Great to hear - thanks again for coming out with us... summer's finally here, yahoo! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Great family day on the drive and on the river with Morgan, Ryan and Simon. Great scenery, rafting and guides. One of our best days in New Zealand

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Thanks heaps for your feedback. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Could not recommend this trip more! Simon, the trip leader was perfectly professional but also fun, animated and wonderfully interactive with everyone. A fantastic day out with incredible scenery and a lot of laughs. Everything one could need was provided and the photos were superb.

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Simon? Professional? I think you have the wrong person there :-) Thanks heaps for coming out with us - great to hear you all had a blast. More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

As part of the Wakatipu Youth Trust Holiday Programme, We had a fun day out with Family Adventures at Skippers Canyon. The day was awesome from start to finish. The rapids were grade 1/2 which made a great experience for the youth, as it was their first time white water rafting. Lots of surprises along the way and a splashing... More 

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NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Always happy to help you guys out - Wakatipu Youth Trust provide an amazing service for all the kids in the Wakatipu region - support them! See you next summer! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Family adventures took great care of the family. We have a 6 and 10 year old and they both had a terrific time. The rapids were a class 2 so very tame but enough for the kids to have fun. Guides were funny, friendly, and knowledgeable. The drive out was half the fun. Get your cameras ready.

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Great to hear once again - thanks for coming out with us! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

A great option if you want to give your youngish children the first experience of rafting. Took the early morning option (with just one other family) so had the benefit of a smaller group too. Drive to the canyon was spectacular but perfectly safe with the experienced staff. We were provided all the kit we needed and the rafting itself... More 

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That's great to hear - thanks for your feedback! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Family of 5 went down the river - grade 1/2 Fun day - team from family adventures were great - Simon and Kim Exhilarating drive followed by rafting Then Rock jumping from the river side into freezing water And the best was the swim down the rapids - pure adrenaline stuff Do as much or as little as you want!!

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Thanks for taking the time to write some feedback. Cheers! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We took our 7 and 5 year old on this rafting trip and they both voted it the best thing they did in NZ. The drive in to Skippers Canyon is a bit hairy but stunning and the driver was extremely cautious and experienced. Both guides were enthusiastic and obviously love hanging with kids, and they made the trip lots... More 

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Thanks heaps for posting this feedback - great to hear how much your kids loved coming on our trip. Take care. More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

My kids loved this trip ( 6and 9 years old) , lots of fun was had paddling on the raft and doing jumps into the river. The crew made us feel very safe and their talk about skippers canyon was funny and informative! Great family fun!

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Thanks again for your feedback. More 

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