Frequently Asked Questions.
Where Do I Go?
We meet outside the Station Building at the Camp Street bus stop. Check-in time is 10 minutes before departure. Call us if you have a vehicle and we can advise you on where to park.
What Do I Need To Bring?
Swimmers (togs) and a towel. We will take photo's for you on the river, and offer a Photo Pack for sale @ $45.
What Do I Wear?
We give a wet suit or spray jacket and pants as well as "booties". You should wear your swimsuit underneath the wetsuit.
Do I Need To Be Able To Swim?
Water confidence is not necessary. This is what makes our trip suitable for small children.
Is There Any Parking Available?
There is paid parking available close by at Wilson parking, Man Street Car park and the Recreation ground. We recommend leaving early, as parking in downtown Queenstown has become a problem. If you're staying in Arthurs point or Arrowtown, you can meet us at the Coronet Peak road turnoff (Free car park at the bottom of the road) Call us on 03-4428836 to arrange a pick up along the way,
How Long Is The Whole Day, Round Trip Back To Town?
It will take about 5 hours for the trip
Will I Get Wet?
Generally, only if you want to. The trip is a very gentle float trip where the emphasis is on fun and a unique opportunity to access remote and beautiful areas of backcountry wilderness where there are no roads.
Is This Raft Trip Safe?
Yes, all our equipment is independently audited by Adventure Mark and meets Support Adventure best practice for rafting. We also carry radio telephones, First Aid Kits, Epi pen and Throw Ropes. Our guides are all NZ Rafting Association qualified, and many have international experience working year around in the rafting industry.
What Is The Drive Like?
The road through Skippers Canyon is quite possibly one of the most scenic and spectacular drives in NZ. It is one of only two roads in NZ that rental vehicles are specifically excluded from insurance coverage!
Is There Food Provided?
Yes, we have snacks for you at our base, before & after the river trip.
What Does "Grade 2 Rapids" Mean?
All rivers that we raft are graded. Grade one is the gentlest, pretty much flat water. Grade 2, which is what the section of the Shotover River that we raft is, means that there are rapids, but the water flow is gentle and small. Grade 5 is the highest (or most difficult) navigable river – remember "Deliverance"?