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Gorge Explorer

The King River Gorge Explorer is a guided flat water kayak tour through the tranquil pools and small shallow rapids in middle reaches of the Upper King River Gorge.

The area we explore is situated between the Crotty Dam and the John Butters Power Station. As most of the flow of the King River now bypasses this section of river, the water flows very gently through, creating a perfect example of an ancient West Coast gorge. We explore this gorge by paddling your kayak at you own pace past the many creeks and waterfalls, abundant Huon pine, and Myrtle rainforest. An adventurous spirit is required to scramble over and through the small rapids.


  • Trained and skilled guides

  • Double inflatable kayaks, paddles and safety gear

  • Transport to and from the river from Queenstown.  

  • Comprehensive commentary on the natural and human history of the area

  • River snacks 


  • Price per person:, Child - $100, Adult - $150

  • Suitable for: families with stronger children above the age of 8

  • Time's 10:00am - 2:00pm duration 4 hours

  • Start & end location: West Coast Wilderness Railway station, in Driffield Street, Queenstown

  • Minimum group of 2, maximum 6.

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