The day kicks off with an unforgettable helicopter ride to Skippers Canyon.   The canyon was created by the Shotover River, one of the world’s richest gold bearing rivers. You’ll climb into your raft in the peaceful waters of Deep Creek after a solid safety briefing.  There’s some gentle paddling before you head into the exhilarating, Grade 3 – 5 rapids of the lower canyon – Rock Garden, After Shock, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball and Jaws.  Finally, it’s through the 170m historic Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting through Cascade Rapid and into more serene waters.

Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at Cavell's Rafting base and perhaps treat yourself to a well-earned hot chocolate, beer or snack at the licensed café. The excursion will take four and a half hours.