Once dubbed 'the richest river in the world' for its gold nuggets, the Shotover River today draws gold-seekers as well as adventure enthusiasts who come for the fast-flowing crystal rapids

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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

  68 Reviews

 25 minutes

$89

Feel a rush of adrenaline as you skim the surface of the Shotover River by jet boat! Hold on ti...

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Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

  7 Reviews

 90 minutes

$89

Hang on during this thrilling jet boat ride that travels at high speeds on two rivers, covering...

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Queenstown Shotover River Helicopter Ride and White Water Rafting

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$235

Shotover River Heli Rafting is the only way to experience Shotover River rafting ...

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Half-Day Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

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   5 hours

$165

Queenstown’s famous Shotover River provides the white water rafting action for th...

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Helicopter and Shotover River Rafting Combo from Queenstown

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   5 hours

$242

Join this half-day excursion for the change to experience Queenstown from the air...

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Queenstown Shotover River White Water Rafting

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   4 hours 30 minutes

$159

Experience the exhilarating adrenaline pumping rapids of this infamous river. ...

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Shotover Jet Boat Ride

  4 Reviews

 30 Min Duration

$106

...At 85kph, take an exhilarating ride down the Shotover River with narrow canyon walls towering above you

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Grand Circle Helicopter Flight from Queenstown

  2 Reviews

 30 minutes

$218

...auty of the Wakatipu basin. The untamed Shotover River is revealed in rugged Skippers Canyon. See spectacular film locat...

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Shotover Canyon Swing

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 2 hours 30 minutes

$159

...riend. Your professional guide ensures your safety and offers encouragement throughout your time at the Shotover River.

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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Experience from Queenstown

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 3 hour

$111

Take on New Zealand’s greatest jet boat adventure! See breathtaking views on a tour of Skippers Cany...

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Half-Day Skippers Canyon 4WD Adventure from Queenstown

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 4 hours

$135

... hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley. As your experienced guide navigates the awe-inspiring can...

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Queenstown: 1-Hour Ultimate Jet Boat Experience

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 1 hour

$93

Enjoy an exciting jet boat adventure on the historic Kawarau and Shotover rivers. Spend more time on...

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Shotover River, Queenstown

Once dubbed 'the richest river in the world' for its gold nuggets, the Shotover River today draws gold-seekers as well as adventure enthusiasts who come for the fast-flowing crystal rapids.

Once dubbed 'the richest river in the world' for its gold nuggets, the Shotover River today draws gold-seekers as well as adventure enthusiasts who come for the fast-flowing crystal rapids. The 75 kilometre long river in the Otago region flows from the Southern Alps through the Skippers Canyon and onward into the Kawarau River east of Queenstown, forming Grade 3-5 rapids along the way. From Deep Creek to Cascade Rapids, the entire journey along the lower canyon has thrilling stretches, including the 170 metre long Oxenbridge Tunnel.


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About Shotover River

 Otago, South Island

Shotover River and Nearby Sights on Map

Hollyford Track

The Hollyford Track is a 56 kilometre long tramping or hiking path along Hollyford River that runs from Marion Corner at the foot of Mount Christina in the south to the Tasman Sea coast at Martins Bay in the north, through the Pyke Big Bay Track

Skycity Queenstown

The Skycity Queenstown Casino has dining and entertainment in addition to 86 gaming machines, 8 gaming tables with popular draws such as Roulette, Poker, Texas Hold'em, Baccarat, and Blackjack, and an additional 4 gaming tables in the VIP room

Skippers Canyon

Carved out by glaciers and the Shotover River, the Skippers Canyon is a breathtaking gorge with steep drops of several hundred metres

Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is a 1649 metre tall mountain with a popular skiing resort on its southern slopes

Lake Hayes

Framed by the snow-covered peaks of The Remarkables and mountains of the Wakatipu Basin, Lake Hayes is a picturesque lake with crystal clear waters that reflect the surrounding landscape like a mirror

The Remarkables

You know it is going to be an unforgettable experience when something is named as The Remarkables

Lake Wakatipu

Surrounded by the towering Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Southern Alps, the gorgeous Lake Wakatipu offers breathtaking views of nature

Lord of the Rings - Glenorchy

Glenorchy is breathtakingly beautiful, and it is not hard to see why Peter Jackson filmed parts of The Lord of the Rings trilogy here

Routeburn Track

The 32 kilometre long Routeburn Track is an alpine tramping or hiking trail that passes through the Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka lies at the heart of the Otago Lakes in South Island, just a 50 minute drive to the north of Queenstown through the Crown Range