Challenge Rafting

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Challenge Rafting operates a variety of exciting half day white water rafting trips on the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Queenstown’s famous Shotover River provides the white water rafting action for those looking for extra excitement and thrills. Experience the rugged beauty of the Shotover Canyon as you conquer the wild and untamed Shotover River. Tackle the thunderous ‘Mother’ rapids, a series of six grade 4-5 rapids, before the journey through the darkness of the 170 metre long Oxenbridge Tunnel. Shot the drop into Cascade Rapid to complete your white water rafting challenge.

The Kawarau River provides an exhilarating trip for first time rafters. A great introduction to white water rafting, the Kawarau River boasts superb scenery and unique perspectives of the Gibbston Valley wine region and New Zealand’s first bungy jumping site. Float past vast rock cliffs and dramatic scenery that was home to the filming of the Lord of the Rings. Top it all off with the longest commercially rafted rapid in New Zealand, the 400 metre long Dog Leg Rapid!


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