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Whitewater Rafting on the Kawarau River

Queenstown - Show on map
For 1 person
$199 each
$199 each

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  • A fun rafting experience for all abilities
  • Half day trip with approximately 2 hours on the water
  • Amazing scenery along the way

The Kawarau River is an ideal location for your first white water experience! Enjoy a mixture of grade 2-3 white water rapids action and sitting back enjoying the spectacular scenery made famous by the Lord of The Rings movies.

What's Included?

  • Rafting on the Kawarau River grade 2-3 rapids
  • Transfers from Queenstown to rafting base
  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Hot showers and sauna on completion

The Kawarau River is ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience, and groups of mixed abilities and ages.

The Kawarau River is famous for starring as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings. The grandeur of the canyons imparts a feeling of paddling through the heart of Middle Earth. Take in this stunning scenery around you as you raft down the river. There’s plenty of white water action as you go through rapids graded between 2 - 3, but also time to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though, as there’s a good chance of a water fight! Enjoy the unforgettable 400m long Dog Leg Rapid - New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid.

Before your return to Queenstown, warm up with a sauna and hot shower at Cavell's Rafting Base or grab a treat at the cafe.

Session Length

  • This product is available 7 days a week
  • Trips depart 8.00am and 1pm in summer, 8.30am and 1pm in winter
  • Total trip takes approximately 4.5 hours


  • Customers who are pregnant or have back problems are recommended not to participate
  • Water confidence is required
  • Minimum age is 13 years old. Guardian conditions apply for minors under 18 years
  • Minimum weight for this experience is 40kg


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider, and arranged directly with them, according to their policy.


  • Over 48 hours prior to the experience date: No charge
  • Within 48 hours of the experience date, No Shows and Late Arrivals: Participants forfeit their experience and are therefore not entitled to a refund or to re-book. Participants are advised to make their own insurance provisions in case of unforseen circumstances

Numbers on the Day

A minimum of 8 people are required to run each tour.


This experience is not suitable for spectators, although Cavells Café & Bar is at Cavells Rafting Base.


Due to constantly changing river conditions, it is advisable to contact the rafting company 24 hours before to check river conditions and your booking.

Dress Code

Full wetsuit and rafting clothing will be provided by the experience provider. Please bring a towel and swimwear.

This experience is located in Queenstown.