The King River Rafting & Steam Train Ride is an amazing adventure that includes white water rafting through the King River Gorge plus a trip back to Queenstown on the West Coast Wilderness Railway steam train. The day combines a thrilling white water rafting trip and a steam train ride through the wilderness forests and local history.
Your rafting experience begins on the King River where we’ll navigate through seven kilometres from Newall Creek to Dublin Barril. Passing through the remote rainforest around King River Gorge you’ll look in wonder at the Huon Pines that grow abundantly in this area. Some of these trees are over a thousand years old. Mixed with peaceful sections of the river are some very exhilarating rapids including a portage over Sailor Jack Rapid. You'll navigate through Class III rapids which is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.
The trip continues down river until we meet up with the West Coast Wilderness steam train at Dublin Barril station. The return journey is a steam train ride that will take you over a steep ridge and out of the gorge. The train will stop at Rinadeena where you can enjoy a coffee, and again at Lynchford for a chance at gold panning. Last stop is back at Queenstown where the day comes to an end.
King River Rafting Highlights:
- White water rafting on the King River Gorge and its rapids
- Paddle past ancient rainforest and rare Huon Pine trees
- Unspoiled environment of the Garfield River
- Portage the exhilarating Sailor Jack rapid
- Ride the West Coast Wilderness Railway's heritage steam train
- Visit Rinadeena and Lynchford train stations
- Pan for gold at Lynchford
- Full day white water rafting experience
- Trained and qualified rafting guides
- Comprehensive commentary along the way
- Rafting and safety gear, including wetsuit, helmet and lifejacket
- River snacks of sweets, nuts and bottled water
- Transport to the river from Queenstown.
- Use of waterproof cameras to take photos of your rafting experience
- Return to Queenstown on the West Coast Wilderness Railway heritage steam train
- Complimentary hot drink at the Rinadeena cafe
- Gold panning at Lynchford
What to bring:
- Swimmers, a towel and bag to put your gear in.
- Hat and sunscreen is recommended.
- Wear secure footwear such as runners
- 10+ years old can participate.
- Under 18 years will need a parent/guardians permission to raft
- If you can walk up a few flights of stairs you should be able to complete rafting on the King River.
- There is a low chance of falling out of the raft.
- The portage track around the Sailor Jack rapid is steep but most people complete it without a problem.
- 6 Hours
- From 8am to approx. 2pm
Numbers on the tour:
- Up to 6 people can participate in a tour.
Start & ends at:
- West Coast Wilderness Railway station, in Driffield Street, Queenstown
Numbers on the day:
- A minimum group of 4 and a maximum 12. This is a group tour.
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