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Kawarau River Tours and Tickets

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Not far from Queenstown, Kawarau River offers a variety of thrill-seeking possibilities including jet boating, whitewater rafting, and riverboarding. Alternatively, visitors can go off-road into the surrounding hills during an all-terrain quad bike tour or try bungee jumping from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge. There’s something for history buffs too, who come to check out the gold-miners’ huts and relics from the river’s gold-rush days.

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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers
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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

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Experience heart-racing fun on an exhilarating Queenstown jet-boat ride. The expert captain races across Lake Wakatipu, navigates tricky turns on the Kawarau River and speeds through the milky waters of the Shotover River. Grab hold of your seat as the jet boat makes 360-degree spins and fishtails on a rollercoaster ride over the water.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)
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Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour (Half-Day)

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Enjoy an off-road adventure in the wild of New Zealand on this half-day Wakatipu Basin 4-wheel drive tour from Queenstown. Cruise along off-road routes toward the Remarkables mountain range — widely used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Admire panoramic views over Deer Park Heights and the Kawarau Gorge, and then head onward to the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Traverse bumpy river crossings along the Arrow River, and pan for gold on the riverbank. Then gaze over the Wakatipu Basin from Coronet Peak en route back to Queenstown.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Queenstown Jet 25-minute Jet Boat ride

Queenstown Jet 25-minute Jet Boat ride

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If you like to combine sightseeing with extreme adventure, this jet boat ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River is for you. Skim over the surface of the water at up to 59 miles per hour and lean into 360-degree spins. If you remember to look at the view, you’ll be impressed by the snow-capped mountains and river canyons you zip through. A fun family-friendly activity.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Queenstown Classic Wine Tour - 3 Vineyards, Cave Tour and Cheeseboard

Queenstown Classic Wine Tour - 3 Vineyards, Cave Tour and Cheeseboard

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Spend an afternoon tasting New Zealand wines and taking in the scenery of Central Otago on a half-day tour from Queenstown. Your guide takes you to three wineries for tastings and a wine cave tour, with sightseeing at Lord of the Rings film sites and other top attractions along the way. Includes wine tastings, afternoon tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

Million Dollar Cruise in Queenstown

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Explore Lake Wakatipu by boat on a 1.5-hour cruise from Queenstown. As you travel to the end of the lake, you can see stunning lakeside homes, a variety of bird life, Kawarau Dam, and the magnificent scenery that surrounds Queenstown. Get unobstructed views from the sundeck or stay warm in the heated cabin, and have the option to purchase drinks from the onboard bar.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Queenstown Jet 1-hour Jet Boat ride on Lake Whakatipu and Kawarau River
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Queenstown Jet 1-hour Jet Boat ride on Lake Whakatipu and Kawarau River

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This exhilarating alternative to slow sightseeing cruises allows you to whizz around Lake Wakatipu on a jet boat and feel the thrill of twists, turns, and riding over rapids. During the adventure, access scenic views of cliffs and natural wonders, as you ride along the Kawarau River—the perfect option for nature lovers and thrillseekers alike.
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  • 1 hour
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Half Day Bike Tour of Arrow River Trail

Half Day Bike Tour of Arrow River Trail

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Cycle alongside the Arrow and Kawarau rivers during a half-day bike excursion. You’re transferred from Queenstown for an easy off-road mountain bike ride that covers approx. 9 miles (15 km) over flat terrain. Take advantage of a detailed trail map and a support vehicle available while you ride independently. Cross several suspension bridges including the Kawarau Bridge, famous for its bungy jumping, and enjoy wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery. Hotel pickup available for morning tours only.
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  • 4 hours
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Arrowtown and About Half-Day Small-Group Tour
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Arrowtown and About Half-Day Small-Group Tour

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Get to know Queenstown's highlights, history, culture, and scenery on this half-day tour. With a small group limited to just 11 people or fewer, travel in a minivan to locales such as Lake Hayes, Arrowtown, Lord of the Rings locations, a Honey farm and do cheese tasting. Pickup and drop-off in central Queenstown included.
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  • 4 hours
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Queenstown Kawarau River Rafting and Jet Boat

Queenstown Kawarau River Rafting and Jet Boat

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Combining two of Queenstown's most iconic activities, this trip is second to none! Starting on the Queenstown Jet Boat, you'll get to experience those famous 360 degree spins and speed. Discover the Kawarau River and its pristine wilderness as we race you down the river to your next mode of transport. Then jump straight into a raft with the Queenstown Rafting team to complete the last section of river, where the Jet Boats fear to go. Spend your morning or afternoon paddling through the historic Kawarau gorge, famous for its gold mining, wineries and it’s stint in The Lord of the Rings franchise. Paddle and swim your way through grade 2-3 whitewater rapids with a brand new cliff jumping section added for the adventure junkies (optional). Complete your journey by tackling the famous 400m Dog Leg rapid – the longest commercially rafted rapid in New Zealand. Then head back to Rafting Base for a hot shower.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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AuthenticAs Skippers Canyon - Professional Photography & Exclusive 4WD Tour

AuthenticAs Skippers Canyon - Professional Photography & Exclusive 4WD Tour

The Skippers Road is a historic route we travel via 4WD. Built during the gold rush we drive high above the Kawerau River giving you a historic context of what life was like for the original settlers of Skippers Canyon, sharing stories, tales and showing you relics from the past.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Queenstown to Mt. Cook One Way Tour
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Queenstown to Mt. Cook One Way Tour

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we at Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it is our small groups, our guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, complementary refreshments and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember. Mt Cook & Hooker Valley Hike Tour, this small group, fully-guided day trip combines all of the key highlights in the area with the famous Hooker Valley Hike. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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