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 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 here.
Paddle your kayak at you own pace and explore the many creeks and waterfalls in this secret place. The sides of the gorge are covered in thick rainforest with Huon Pine lining the river bank. Your guide will help you carry your kayak around the small rapids as you make your way up and down the river like the piners of old. Possibley catch a glimpse of our fresh water crayfish, trout, native fish or a variety of bird life. We turn around when you are ready, returning to Queenstown about four hours after our departure.
The portages in this tour involve walking on slippery and uneven rocks and some wading in the river.
Suitable for: families with stronger children.
Price: Adults $150 Children $120 (8 - 15 yrs)
Start time: 10am
End time: Approx. 2pm
Duration: 4 hours
Start & end location: West Coast Wilderness Railway station, in Driffield Street, Queenstown
Minimum group of 1, maximum 6.
Operates 7 days per fortnight.