We're sorry but School Holidays application doesn't work properly without JavaScript enabled. Please enable it to continue.
School Holidays
Select your region

Kawarau River Jet to Raft

Combining two Queenstown adrenaline activities, jump on an exciting jet boat ride delivering you to a white water rafting adventure on grade 2-3 rapids.
Want to go


Kawarau River
Rapid grades between 2-3
Four separate rapid sections
Operates twice daily
Jet boat to your raft
Stunning scenery on calm water

What you need to know

Couple two Queenstown adrenaline activities together in one combo and take a 25 minute jet boat ride transfer to your white water rafting adventure. The Kawarau River is the ideal Queenstown whitewater rafting destination for an introduction to the sport, with four rapids that provide a great balance of excitement and scenic enjoyment. Navigate a high-speed ride down Lake Wakatipu to Kawarau River where your whitewater rafting guides are awaiting your arrival.

Now, its time to encounter rapids ranging between grades 2 to 3, with a route taken to suit the group's ability level. Between rapids, you'll experience some calm stretches of river coupled with a unique perspective of the historic Kawarau Bungee Bridge that your raft will gradually pass under. Capping off the rafting adventure and acting as a "Grand Finale" is the highly memorable, 400m Dog Leg Rapid that will give you a final rush for the day and provide a fitting end to your whitewater rafting adventure on New Zealand's largest volume commercially-crafted river. The adrenaline packed half day activity is available to book online here.

More info


  • Whitewater rafting is not available throughout Winter.


  • 2hr whitewater raft on the Kawarau River (grade 2-3)
  • Jet Boat ride to the raft put in (25min in Winter/ 30min in Summer)
  • Transfer from Rafters Road back to base
  • Full wetsuit, rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Extensive safety briefing
  • Hot showers


  • Hotel Transfers


  • Enjoy a jet boat ride to the raft
  • Plenty of opportunities to splash around
  • Try a cliff jump or even swim through a rapid
  • Between rapids you will experience calmer stretches of river
  • Float through the rocky cliffs and blue waters of the Kawarau River
  • Finish your trip with the 400 metre Dog Leg Rapid


  • This tour departs at 9am all year round. Please ensure you arrive 20 minutes earlier for check in.

Departure Location

  • Departs from the 35 Shotover Street, Queenstown

What To Bring

  • Change of dry clothes
  • Swimming costume and towel
  • Snacks or money for snacks
  • Camera, videos and personal items are carried at owners risk
  • We provide wetsuit booties so you can wear your normal shoes to get to the rafting base

Additional Information

  • We recommend valuables are left at accommodation (i.e. passports/travellers cheques/jewellery etc.) The Supplier takes no responsibility for travellers belongings
  • The minimum age for rafting is 13 years, with a minimum weight of 40kg
  • Rafting is not available to clients weighing over 120kg
  • Rafting with a heart condition or while taking heart medication is not permitted
  • Rafting while pregnant is not permitted
  • Rafters under 16 years must have a guardian travel with them and have a child waiver signed by a guardian
  • Rafters under 18 years require a child waiver form to be signed by a guardian
  • Clients must be water confident and able to swim in fast moving water
  • The supplier reserves the right to refuse clients should they be considered unsuitable due to their ability to communicate in English, physical size, poor health, fitness or intoxication. Please contact the Supplier if you are unsure of client suitability (contact information provided after booking)
  • The river grade is 2-5 and the Kawarau River varies in difficulty according to river levels. Please contact the Supplier if you are unsure of traveller suitability (contact information provided after booking)
  • We require a minimum of 8 people to run the trip, so please note your booking will be on stand-by until these minimum numbers are met. Should these minimum numbers not be met, you may be moved to the earlier or later departure time, moved to another date or alternatively refunded. Please note, this happens very rarely as this is a very popular experience
  • The Supplier reserves the right to cancel or amend any trips due to river, road or weather conditions, or insufficient numbers. In this case they will notify you on the day
  • Clients must listen carefully to and follow guides’ instructions and adhere to all safety requirements
  • Participation in rafting activities involves a degree of risk and the rafting operator cannot absolutely guarantee participants safety. All clients will be required to sign a disclaimer prior to departing

Risk Disclosure

  • Participation in rafting involves inherent risks and potential hazards; the Supplier cannot absolutely guarantee participants safety and certain situations may result in serious harm or death. The risks and hazards include but are not limited to: rapidly changing and sometimes extreme water conditions, cold water, limited rafting landing sites transport to and from the river, the river and its fluid nature, raft flips, fast moving and/or deep water, rocks, landslips and/or equipment failure. Detailed risk management and strict safety procedures are observed, however, there still remains an element of risk. The supplier accepts its legal responsibilities but cannot be held responsible for personal injury or for loss, theft or damage of/to your equipment outside legal responsibilities. Participants will be required to sign a liability form to this effect before starting a tour. Changing conditions can mean that tours have to be modified. No two tours are the same. Clients on guided tours must listen carefully to and follow guides' instructions and adhere to safety requirements

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Important notice

Confirmation in the form of an e-voucher will be sent to your email at the time of purchase. Although we do our best to deliver it instantly, occasionally, this may take up to 6 hours for the e-voucher to be delivered. For any queries, please get in touch with us . We're always happy to help.