Date: 16th January 2013
The thrill of Challenge whitewater rafting two of New Zealand’s most iconic and scenic rivers has to be experienced to be believed.
Glaciated terrain, rock walls worn smooth from thousands of years by swiftly flowing clear snow fed water will give you memories you will cherish.
A visit to Queenstown would not be complete without experiencing the thrill of whitewater with Challenge Whitewater Rafting.
The two to three hour trip on the Kawarau is the best introduction to this thrilling sport.
Families, first timers and school groups will enjoy grade 2-3 rapids while passing under the Kawarau bungy bridge, going through Lord of the Rings country and the vineyards of the Gibbston Valley wine region.
If possible the raft will stop on the way for cliff jumps and even swimming through a rapid if conditions are favourable. The final 400 metre Dog Leg rapid brings to the end of this thrilling trip.
Now it’s time for big water! A four to five hour trip on the Shotover will give you real taste of Challenge whitewater rafting action. Even getting into the remote Skippers Canyon will be an experience. In winter the track becomes so treacherous, a five minute helicopter ride is the only way into the launching spot.
With six rapids ranging from grade 3-5 with names like ‘Mother’, ‘Aftershock’, ‘Toilet’ and ‘Pinball’, you have some idea what to expect.
A 170 metre tunnel completes the experience, but your adrenaline is in safe hands with some of the most experienced rafting guides in the industry on hand to guide you through the wild water. A registered Qualmark operator, Challenge Whitewater Rafting provides professional guides on each trip and supplies a wetsuit, lifejacket, booties, a helmet and a courtesy shuttle – all you need to bring is a sense of adventure. The rivers are running high now so come aboard!
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