Shotover River Heli-Rafting

The Shotover River Heli Rafting tour is the only way to experience Shotover River rafting in winter as well as summer! Climb aboard your jet-turbine-powered helicopter for a spectacular flight over the the rapids, the site of one of the world's richest gold strikes. The flight pushes your adrenalin level to the edge with a roller coaster ride through the Canyon.

Rafting from Deep Creek over gorgeous peaceful waters at first, head toward the exhilarating rapids of the lower Canyon, experiencing the memorable rapids Rock Garden, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball, Jaws, Sequel and the unforgettable 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel, followed closely by Cascade Rapid.

Experience this action packed Queenstown day tour on your next New Zealand holiday.


  • Helicopter rollercoaster ride
  • White water rafting
  • Shotover or Kawarau River


  • Transfer from downtown Queenstown to Cavell's Rafting Lodge
  • Full wetsuit rafting clothing and safety equipment
  • Transfers by helicopter to rafting put in point
  • Transfer to Heli-Pad
  • Extensive safety instructions and paddling techniques
  • Hot showers and sauna
  • Raft the Shotover River or Kawarua River
  • Return to downtown Queenstown


Departure Times:
08.00/13.00 - 01Oct-17Nov and 01Apr-31May
08.00/10.00/13.00/15.00 - 18Nov-31Mar
13.00 - 01Jun-30Sep
Duration: Approx 4.5 hours

Tour does not operate on 25 December

Additional Info

Children: Rafting is not available to children under 13 years
What to Bring: Swimwear and towel
Please Note: It is recommended that no valuables be brought along. Minimum weight requirement - 40 kg. Minimum 6 passengers required to confirm helicopter. Rafting trips require a minimum 8 people to operate.
Operated By: Queenstown Rafting