We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-442 8836
Website
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$138.19*
and up
Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 263 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 244
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Awesome Tour, Scenery & Guides

Today my partner, 5 year old and I did this tour and loved it!! We were the only ones on the tour which was awesome! The drive out through Skippers Canyon is amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 March 2016
makiely
,
Queensland

Similar Things to Do in Queenstown

Add Photo Write a Review

263 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 259: English reviews
Queensland
Level Contributor
82 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Today my partner, 5 year old and I did this tour and loved it!! We were the only ones on the tour which was awesome! The drive out through Skippers Canyon is amazing. Our daughter was afraid at first of going on the rapids but our guides Mark and Nick quickly made her at ease. The raft down the rapids... More 

Helpful?
Thank makiely
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Hi & thanks heaps for taking the time to write a review. Great to hear you enjoyed your "private" trip :-) that's the great thing about this time of your, very often we may be the only ones in the canyon. Thanks again for coming out with us, cheers. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

I did this trip with an 8 year old, and we had a great time. The trip to get there was around 45 minutes wending our way along the narrow Skippers Canyon road. Our guides provided interesting history of the region along the way. Master 8 didn't paddle but sat at the front holding onto the ropes. The rafting trip... More 

Helpful?
Thank Charmarshall
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Rex says thanks for your great review :-) WOOF WOOF! More 

Manly, Australia
Level Contributor
39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

We had booked this on bookme.com - great website and lots of specials - and met at the shotover street store. There we met our guides for the day - Nick ( from Colorado )and Jordan ( Everton supporter). When we checked in we found that we were the only group going out - the 3 of us and our... More 

Helpful?
Thank ken t
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks Ken, great to hear your feedback. Glad you think the wet suits create a fashion statement LOL - thanks again! More 

Albury, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

It was the perfect family rafting adventure! Our 4, 7 and 8 year olds loved it as did we. Jordan and Mason our guides were brilliant! Amazing location rafting through stunning gorges feeling totally safe but with enough thrill that the kids called it 'EPIC!' 100% recommend for a once in a lifetime family adventure.

Helpful?
Thank dj493
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments dj. Great to hear your kids enjoyed it - we think the trip is EPIC too :-). Thanks again. More 

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Brilliant trip which our 3 year old loved. Jordan, our guide, made him feel completely comfortable right from the start, even made him honorary captain. Stunning scenery. Definitely recommend.

Helpful?
Thank DeanoAJF
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for your feedback! More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

A Really Fabulous Experience ... drive into the Skippers Canyon , Great staff , Really Enjoyable Trip along the river !!! Family Adventures enable smaller children ( Mine are 9 & 5 ) to experience rafting for the first time ... Would be great for anyone wanting to experience rafting on a gentler river ... !! The Trip is unique... More 

Helpful?
Thank NDilley
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post some feedback - great to hear that everyone had a blast, both young and old :-) More 

Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

My wife and I have some experience rafting higher grades of rapids elsewhere in the world but we really wanted to introduce our 5 and 3 yr old to their first rafting. They absolutely loved it, and our guide Nick from Colorado was a superstar, funny, genuinely warm guy who made the kids laugh and feel included and confident. Thanks... More 

Helpful?
Thank Chris D
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - great to hear the wee ones loved it, we get a kick out of seeing how they literally grow in confidence during the course of the trip. & yes we agree - if it's full-on rapids you want to experience and a roller coaster ride, then where we leave the river is where your trip... More 

Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

We travelled with 2 teens and 2 friends who are not so confident with water. Hence chose this trip that is less challenging. It turned out to be a fun and relaxing experience for everyone. We thoroughly enjoyed the company of the 2 guides, who are witty, cheerful and good natured. Highly recommended for family with children. Caution: lots of... More 

Helpful?
Thank PKReis
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

What sandflies? LOL. Thanks again for choosing to come with us, cheers. More 

Sydney
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

Our family had a great day with Simon, Jordan and Mason. The guides really made the day. The canyon and surrounds were beautiful and the river was breathtaking (literally when I jumped in!). Went with my dad and 3 kids (8, 11 and 14) and we all had great fun. Nothing outside of our comfort zone at any time, but... More 

Helpful?
Thank ajcryan
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks heaps for taking the time to post your feedback - good to hear you all had fun! More 

Perth
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

We had an amazing afternoon rafting down the Shotover River through Settlers Canyon. The Family Adventures team took great care of us and especially our children (aged 4, 7 and 10). The bus trip is beautiful, filled with history and fun facts. The group provided all equipment and snacks. They then took us on an amazing journey, which included us... More 

Helpful?
Thank julia_oneill
NZBuckStopsHere, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Hi Julia, thanks again for your feedback - great to hear you all enjoyed it! More 

Travellers who viewed Family Adventures also viewed

Queenstown, Otago Region
 
Queenstown, Otago Region
 

Been to Family Adventures? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Family Adventures and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Family Adventures staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?