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Queenstown Rafting Experience

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Choose Queenstown Rafting for your ultimate adventure activity when on your holiday vacation in New Zealand. Situated in the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is regarded as the original adventure capital of the world. Here you can experience your white water rafting adventure with a bungy jump, skydive, helicopter trip, canyon swing and/or jet boat ride.

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Rafting was one of the original adventure activities established in Queenstown. Back in 1974, Kon Tiki Raft trips as it was then called , started the first commercial rafting in New Zealand, and shortly after became Value Tours Rafting. In 1987 the company was bought and became known as Kiwi Discovery Rafting but it was finally after an amalgamation of four rafting operations, Queenstown Rafting Ltd, as it is known today was incorporated in 1996.

Queenstown Rafting is a joint business venture between the original locally owned Kiwi Discovery and Real Journeys and is New Zealand's largest white water rafting company. The company is regarded as New Zealand's leader in safety operational procedures for rafting.

Providing an adventure experience from calm to wild waters and half day to multiday, there is something for everyone.

In 1999 Queenstown Rafting was the first rafting company to win a New Zealand Tourism Award, was Qualmark accredited in 2003 and achieved an Enviro Bronze award in 2010. Queenstown Rafting is a major influence in setting the standards for the New Zealand Rafting Industry and recognised internationally for the high level of standards maintained.

Queenstown Rafting continually looks at ways to reduce its environmental footprint. Eco friendly detergent is used for cleaning wetsuits, vehicles and equipment. Recycling is encouraged and conservation initiatives around the rafting base are ongoing. In addition key staff frequently volunteer their services to conservation projects.

More recently in March 2010 Queenstown Rafting was awarded the Qualmark "green" Enviro bronz award and is a gold sponsor for trialing bio-fuel in the vehicles.

The company works very closely with the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), and over recent years has contributed substantially to conservation in the Landsborough Valley.