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Address: 39 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-442 8836
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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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Good job Mark

Hi, Before going to rafting trip on 5th Feb, i was bit worried about my 4 year old daughter. But as suggested by our travel agent "happy Travel", it was quite safe in the right... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

Hi, Before going to rafting trip on 5th Feb, i was bit worried about my 4 year old daughter. But as suggested by our travel agent "happy Travel", it was quite safe in the right hand and guidance of professionals li Mark, Simond & Richard. We had lovely rafting, safe and sound and we enjoyed a lot. Good Work

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

A raft trip for both young and not so young! We're certainly happy your travel agent sent you our way! Mark, Simon, and Richard are three of our best, and have the right experience and knowledge to provide a great 'soft' adventure. Thanks for your killer review, hope to catch you in the future for more rafting fun! Cheers, -The... More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

Our family of 6 with children ranging in ages from 3-10 had a brilliant time on this raft trip. Marshall was absolutely fantastic with the kids from the moment we got in the van. We spent 11 days in the South Island and without a doubt this still ranks as our favourite activity. Thanks guys.

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

"Favorite Activity" is a hard won title in Queenstown, and we're really pleased we've got your vote. Our trip starts the moment you get in, so lean back and enjoy the ride! Thanks for your outstanding review, and we hope to see you again some day! Cheers, -The Team at Family Adventures More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

Family Adventures was a lucky find. Mark and his team provided a wonderful experience for the whole family. Our 8-year old twin daughters enjoyed every moment on the raft, from the rock jumping to the paddling. The bus ride was fun and our guide, Richard, was entertaining but knowledgable about the area and the river. A great experience for the... More 

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

We sure feel lucky you found us! Glad you got to see Mark and Richard at their finest. We're pleased we got to go out with you on your daughter's first rafting trip. We'll be looking forward to seeing you again! Cheers for the outstanding review too! -The Team at Family Adventures More 

Noumea, New Caledonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

We were 2 adults and 2 girls (8&10 years old), never rafted before. Everything is perfect : the bus trip on the track to the basecamp is awesome, the equipment, the organization are excellent and really designed to welcome young children, the rafting down the river is perfectly adapted and the landscape is absolutely marvelous. Special thanks to Simon, our... More 

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Cheers guys for the awesome review! Glad you picked up on all our strengths, we work hard to make everything as fun and easy as can be. We're glad you took the time to tell us about your experience! Stop in and see us next time you and the family are in Queenstown! Thanks again, -The Team at Family Adventures More 

Auckland, NZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

We had a ball, a really enjoyable morning for us all. The bus trip is well punctuated with fun and information from Mark and Marshall- lovely, lovely guys, really good with the children. Our 8 and 5 year old girls didn't stop enjoying themselves and giggling down the river, jumping into the river and rock jumping into a pool. There's... More 

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Well with nothing to change, how are we to get even better? Thank you so much for such a great review! Glad to hear you had a few good jumps and giggles along the way. We sure feel proud to show families just like yours a place we love. Call into our shop next time you're in town, we would... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

The experienced and entertaining guides (Mark & Richard) made our day on the river a most memorable one. With children 8 & 9 years old this was the ideal family adventure. I would say the experience was enhanced with wonderful weather, it could be a different experience on a cold wet day. The road in is a little frightening, but... More 

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Cheers for the great review! Glad you had fun with our guides. Sounds like you got a rather rare summer day for us this year, but rest assured, we're still great fun in the rain too! (think... Gorillas, in the Mist!) Thanks again, and come back and see us next time! Cheers, -The Team at Family Adventures More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

You have to be 13 to do most of the whitewater rafting trips around Queenstown and the youngest in our group was 12. But family adventures is geared toward younger families with its category 1 & 2 rapids. We were worried this trip would lack excitement. But we had a terrific time. The trek there is incredibly thrilling as you... More 

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Many thanks for your awesome review! We do pride ourselves on terrible jokes, and being able to cater for all sorts of adventurers. Glad we packed in enough excitement for all. Thanks for your recommendations! Come back and see us again next time you're in town! Cheers, -The Team at Family Adventures More 

Hamburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

We‘ve never done any rafting before, so we decided to do a soft trip with Family Adventures. It was the right choice. We enjoyed pretty much everything on that day: Simon‘s skillful drive up Old Skipper‘s Road, the breath-taking landscape, the gold digger stories, the relaxed raft itself, the rather refreshing dive in that one hole full of icy water,... More 

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Hey thanks for your time in writing us such a glowing review! Were happy you and your family had a good time with Simon and Marshall. We don't know about the "dive in that one hole full of icy water" you speak of, but we're betting you don't regret it! ;) Thanks again, -The Team at Family Adventues More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

Family Adventures have been a huge support and the generosity from this amazing group have allowed us to give youth of the Wakatipu a chance to experience white water rafting! No matter how many times we go this team is always enthusiastic and give the youth an awesome time on the water! Thanks Family Adventure and see you on the... More 

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Hey Guys! As always, it is a pleasure to have you on the river, a little chaos is what everyone needs in life! You guys are always amazing fun, and we thoroughly enjoy taking the local youths down the Shotover River every year. Thanks again, and cheers for the stellar feedback! -the Team at Family Adventures More 

Gosford, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

Excellent family experience with the guides going all out to make the trip enjoyable for ALL family members. The guides kept both adults and children of all ages entertained for the entire 2 hour return bus journey. Our children were 11 and 13 and enjoyed this tour immensely. Note the bus trip is not for the faint hearted. The company... More 

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BrnzLtd, Manager at Family Adventures, responded to this review

Cheers for the excellent review! Sounds like you and your family really enjoyed our trip; I know we enjoyed having you. Glad you noticed the little things, like the gear we provide. We do try and make each trip unique, and just like the weather we're prepared for almost anything! Our bus trip is not for the faint hearted, but... More 

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