Serious Fun Riverboarding


We are a family owned business with over 30 years' experience running white water boarding trips on Queenstown's Kawarau River.



Meet our team!

Shop Crew

Shop Crew

Friendly and knowledgeable, our shop crew will help you book the trip that best suits your thirst for adventure.  Let our shop staff sort out your photo pack after the trip, and recommend other amazing activities in Queenstown. 


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Fully qualified, seasoned guides from all around the globe make up our team. They each have a real passion for the river, with extensive knowledge and abilities.  Meet Neil, Rose, Dallas, Pavel, Sam, Ben and our photographers Rachel and Brogan. Our team will keep you entertained and safe whilst helping you challenge yourself on this action packed thrill of a lifetime.


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Senior guides Rose, Dallas, Pavel and Neil, owner of the business, are out there in the water with you.  While Sari, Business Manager, and Marcela, Business Development Manager, work behind the scenes to ensure you all enjoy your contact with Serious Fun Riverboarding Limited.



White Water Sledging had its debut way back in the late 70's when some very keen adrenaline seekers decided to get out of their rafts to truly experience the power of the river. 

Back then in the French Alps the keen Frenchmen were floating downstream, through the rapids, lying on bags full of life jackets and polystyrene.  In 1981 the first Sledge, or Hydrospeed, was designed and built. The Sledges were perfect for running the rivers in the Alps, and the sport soon became popular with competitions held every year.  In 1991 a Frenchman brought white water sledging to Wanaka and called it Frogz White Water Sledging.


Riversurfing had a similar start, but Queenstown was the birth place for this sport.  In the summer of 1987 Jon Imhoof, a surfer from Hawaii, had to think up a surfing alternative after a short trip to Queenstown turned into a longer stay. He took his bodyboard to the Kawarau River and started surfing the rapids, riding the whirl pools and just having loads of fun along the way. Two years later in 1989 Serious Fun Riversurfing was born.


We combined both these companies under one umbrella- Serious Fun Riverboarding, and introduced Drifting, our new exciting product. This enables us to offer you 3 levels of adrenaline adventure on the mighty Kawarau River.



We offer river guide training courses in October, November and March each year.

Train to become a qualified instructor and earn the internationally renowned National III/IV+ Whitewater Boarding qualification. 

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We are currently recruiting shop/sales staff and trainee guides for the summer season. To apply please contact us via email:


BOOK NOW 0800 SERIOUS (737 468)