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Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

1. Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

Enjoy a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon followed by a thrilling jet boat ride through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River. Take on the only jet boat ride where you experience the historic gold mining relics that still remain in the riverand Lord of the Rings locations.  Meet your friendly driver in central Queenstown and head up into historic Skippers Canyon. Enjoy live on-board commentary from your knowledgeable driver and marvel at the stunning scenery.  Journey through a land rich in gold mining history and breathtaking views via the infamous Skippers Canyon Road, hand-carved out of the vertical rock face over 120 years ago.  Upon arrival to the Shotover River, you will be provided with a life jacket and warm gloves. Feel your adrenaline surge as you power deep into Skippers Canyon through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River.  Highly skilled jet boat drivers maneuver the boat just inches from the sheer canyon walls. Experience speeds in excess of 80kph and a series of full 360° spins.  After your ride, take you back to the jet boat base to view footage from your ride before the trip back to Queenstown through the breathtaking canyon.

From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

2. From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Start the tour with a fun drive to the rafting take-off point via Skippers Canyon. The 4x4 drive is an experience in itself; the narrow dirt road hugs the canyon's sheer cliffs and offers spectacular views over the river you'll soon be soaring down. At the rafting base, get fitted in all your gear and listen to a full safety briefing.  Begin your whitewater rafting adventure from Deep Creek. Cruise over peaceful waters before heading towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you paddle through the rapids and into the darkness of the historic, 550-foot Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting over Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

Greymouth: Full-Day Best Of The West Tour

3. Greymouth: Full-Day Best Of The West Tour

Start the tour with pickup from your accommodation in Greymouth. Set off along the famous Coast Road, rated one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world. First, stop at the Pancake Rocks, where the sea, winds, and massive geological change have shaped the landscape creating fascinating stacked limestone rocks and blowholes. This area is rated a must-do attraction when visiting the West Coast. Then, continue on to the Tree Top Walkway which offers the experience of walking amongst the treetops. This exhilarating adventure among temperate rain forest giants, high above ancient Rimu's and Kamahi trees offers a 20-meter high platform with a 450-meter-long walkway to explore and enjoy the views. Climb the 47-meter tower for a better view if you dare, and enjoy a refreshment at the local cafe. Admire beautiful views of majestic Lake Mahinapua while listening to the bird song. Finally, explore the famous Hokitika Gorge, a popular tourist spot that is known for its vibrant blue water and tranquil rain forest setting. This natural attractions is another must-do on the West Coast and is a great place to have a picnic or a swim to cool off in summer. At the end of your tour, return to Greymouth where your trip ends.

From Queenstown: Skippers Canyon 4-Wheel-Drive Tour

4. From Queenstown: Skippers Canyon 4-Wheel-Drive Tour

Take a drive through the historic Skippers Canyon on this half-day heritage adventure along the rugged and treacherous Skippers road. While your guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon, visit many historic sites such as the Skippers suspension bridge and the township of Skippers. In this town long since abandoned, discover the many original buildings waiting for exploration. Visit the restored schoolhouse and gain an insight into the local heritage of life in this tough environment through photographs and artifacts from the early days of the settlement. On your return to Queenstown, stop to try your hand at gold panning in one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world.  Created by being hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley and heavily featured in "The Lord of the Rings," British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world.  

Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

5. Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

Get introduced to the fun and thrilling sport of canyoning at Kawarau Canyon on an half-day tour. Jump in a van for a 20-minute van transfer from downtown Queenstown into Gibbston Valley's wine country. Immerse yourself in the sport of canyoning whilst enjoying the beauty of your natural surroundings. Professional and qualified guides will kit you out with all the best equipment. Benefit from a full safety briefing and demonstration on all the elements of canyoning before heading out for adventure. You'll take an easy 5-minute walk to the canyon start point. Before you know it, you'll be off down the canyon, sliding natural watersides, trying your hand at abseiling down waterfalls and having the most awesome summer experience ever. This canyon is open to first-time canyoners as well as experienced adventure seekers, looking for an awesome activity in a safe and controlled environment.

Mt Aspiring Full-Day Canyoning Adventure from Queenstown

6. Mt Aspiring Full-Day Canyoning Adventure from Queenstown

Climb aboard the shuttle through Wanaka and head to Mt Aspiring National Park near the West Coast of the South Island, a UNESCO world heritage area. Untouched and hidden, its raw green beauty is absolutely breathtaking, showcasing why New Zealand is renowned for being 100% pure.  Arrive at the canyon and be kitted out with canyoning equipment. Your professional and qualified guide will give you a full safety briefing and explain all the canyoning techniques you will need for the day. Set off on a 25-minute bush walk to the start of the canyon. Make the most of your day by pumping waterfalls, making big technical jumps, and abseiling. The canyon returns you back to the car park where you set off. Get changed and enjoy a picnic lunch before setting off on the trip back to Queenstown. If time allows, enjoy a beer stop in Wanaka and relive all the extreme adventures you have just achieved.

Wanaka: Canyoning Tour with Helicopter Transfers

7. Wanaka: Canyoning Tour with Helicopter Transfers

Connect with the beauty of nature in an exciting way on this canyoning tour. Transfer to the top of the Twin Falls Canyon in a helicopter before rappeling down 10 waterfalls with the assistance of your guide. Bring your sense of adventure and be prepared to get wet. Meet at the local partner's base and undergo a safety briefing before the trip starts. Tasks will be demonstrated to make sure you understand what is required of you. Then transfer to the top of the canyon by helicopter, taking in the scenic views from above. Feel the adrenaline as you abseil and rappel down the upper section of the canyon. Use your new abseiling skills and conquer a total of 10 waterfalls before exiting the canyon and joining the trail that leads back down.

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What people are saying about South Island

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The only thing I was worried about was getting wet & being cold, but we all actually didn’t get that wet! Also the drive along the cliff on the way to the jet boat ride was as thrilling as the ride itself : ) I would 100% recommend this to anyone visiting Queenstown!

The whole family loved this trip! The highlight was, of course, the jet boating but we all loved learning about the history of the area, seeing more stunning landscapes and visiting The Lord of the Rings locations.

Bus transfer had amazing scenery, fun local knowledge commentary, fantastic jet boat ride. Whole trip was great value. Would definitely recommend.

Was an amazing drive to the jet boat, the guide was extremely knowledgeable and the views breathtaking

Informative guide and Spectacular view in the canyon, one must not missed.