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  • Address: Queenstown, New Zealand
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  • Admission: Free

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Kawarau River Tours

If you’re a bungy enthusiast you’ll know that Kawarau River is the site of the world's first commercial bungy. It’s still possible to take a dive from the bridge that started it all. On your way down you’ll see the trademark sky-blue water and green cliffs of Kawarau River, you might even touch the water!

The river is extremely popular with thrill seekers who come for river surfing, riverboarding and jet boating. The white-water rafting is particularly excellent with rapids to suit beginners to experienced rafters and some calm stretches where you can rest and take in the spectacular scenery.  

More sedate history seekers come to check out the gold-miners huts and relics from the river’s gold-rush days.

Practical Info

The river is a short drive from Queenstown and plenty of tour groups will shuttle you to the river if you book an activity with them. 

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The Original Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump in Queenstown, Queenstown, null
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The Original Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump in Queenstown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

The ultimate Queenstown challenge is Bungy and go from nervous to completely elated in five seconds. 99% of clients say it's the best thing they have ever ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $144.33
Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers, Queenstown, ... 
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Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Hang on during this thrilling jet boat ride that travels at high speeds on two rivers, covering more ground with a longer time out on the water than similar ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $90.82
Queenstown Kawarau River White Water Rafting, Queenstown, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Queenstown Kawarau River White Water Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Experience the adrenaline-charged thrill of white-water rafting on Queenstown’s Kawarau River! As you paddle through the stunning scenery, you'll feel like you ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $161.23
Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride, Queenstown, White Water Rafting
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Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Feel your adrenaline soar as you zoom along Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River during a 1-hour Queenstown jet boat ride. Admire the Remarkables Range, Kelvin ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.89
Kawarau River White Water Sledging, Queenstown, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Kawarau River White Water Sledging

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Take on the rapids of the mighty Kawarau River on New Zealand’s South Island for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Guide your purpose-built sled through 3.7 miles ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $165.45
Queenstown Local Scenic Half-Day Small-Group Tour, Queenstown, White Water Rafting
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Queenstown Local Scenic Half-Day Small-Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover Queenstown and the surrounding regions' amazing scenery with a local, knowledgeable guide in a minivan. Enjoy this 3.5-hour, small-group tour with ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.70
Kawarau River Rafting from Queenstown, Queenstown, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Kawarau River Rafting from Queenstown

Enjoy this great introduction to white water rafting. The four rapids on the Kawarau River are exciting and the scenery is superb. This grade 2-3 rafting trip ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $161.23
Helicopter and Shotover River Rafting Combo from Queenstown, Queenstown, White Water Rafting
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Helicopter and Shotover River Rafting Combo from Queenstown

Join this half-day excursion for the change to experience Queenstown from the air and the water! This helicopter and rafting combo will add some luxury and ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $238.67
Queenstown Quad Bike Adventure, Queenstown, Helicopter Tours
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Queenstown Quad Bike Adventure

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

With our quad bikes we offer tailor-made tours in small select groups with expert guides and have exclusive access to over 11,000 stunning acres offering ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $189.39
Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour from Queenstown, Queenstown, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Wakatipu Basin Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour from Queenstown

An adventure safari packed with breathtaking scenery, thrilling 4WD action whilst discovering LOTR filming locations. Visit the filming locations of Minas ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.29

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