ABOUT US

OXBOW – THE PLACE

Nestled amongst the serene and unsuspecting backdrop of the Nevis Bluff is where you’ll find the home of Oxbow, Adventure Co.  

Surrounded by mountains, bluffs, wineries and breweries, the Gibbston Valley provides a truly remarkable location for Oxbow guests to enjoy an incredibly unique and unforgettable experience. It really is epic. Every day. 

OXBOW – THE PASSION

Oxbow Adventure Co. was founded on a strong belief of fun, adventure and camaraderie. We wanted to share this epic playground with more than just our mates … That’s why Oxbow have opened their doors to YOU and your mates too! 

OXBOW – THE VALUES

One Step Ahead

Safe As

Best Mates 

Epic. Every Day.

OXBOW – THE NAME

An Oxbow is formed when a wide meander of a river, lake, or stream becomes separated from the flow of water, usually caused by erosion. As a result, it becomes it’s own, free-standing body of water.  

So why did we use that name? Oxbow Adventure Co. first originated back in 2012 on Lloyd and Julz Ferguson’s property which is nestled on the banks of the Clutha River and overlooks a particular section of the Clutha where an Oxbow has formed. This not only provided our guests with an epic view, but also made up part of the original Oxbow jet boat track. We believe an Oxbow is deeply embedded in our foundations so it seemed only fitting that we carried the name with us over to the Nevis Bluff. 

Please ensure you contact us if you require documentation on our Public Liability Insurance Cover. As a business, Oxbow must comply with New Zealand legislation.  We are regulated by Worksafe New Zealand under the Amusement Park Devices Act, Maritime New Zealand, the New Zealand Police and are externally audited by Adventure Mark.

SAFETY FIRST AT OXBOW

Oxbow’s primary goal is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of their guests. The high performance nature of the machines operated at Oxbow requires an equally high performing team of experts and a faultless approach to safety. Guests can relax in the knowledge that the Drivers, Instructors and Mechanics are specially trained, certified and highly experienced professionals, who take great pride in Oxbow’s squeaky-clean reputation for safety.

FAQS

WHAT ARE YOUR AGE LIMITS TO PARTICIPATE IN OXBOW ADVENTURES?

There are no age limits, but more so restrictions on participation in relation to height. The minimum height for the Jet Sprint Boat and Ultimate Off-Roader is 120cm. To participate in Clay Bird Shooting, participants must be aged 13 years and over.

WHere is oxbow located?

Oxbow is located in the Gibbston Valley (2696 Gibbston Highway, Queenstown) which is approximately 30 minutes from Queenstown. Please check out our contact us page for our exact location and directions on getting here.

WHAT ARE THE TRANSPORT OPTIONS?

Guests will be required to self-drive to Oxbow at this stage. However, if you require transport for your group booking, please email fleur@oxbow.co.nz

WHAT SHALL I WEAR TO OXBOW?

We recommend you wear something comfy and preferably not your Sunday Best! Enclosed shoes are essential. We do provide protective outerwear for off-roading and jet boat sprints.  What do I need to bring for a day at Oxbow?

Sunblock, hat, sunglasses and warm clothing will suffice! Hot and cold drink options are available but if you’re partial to a snack, then we recommend you bring your own. Ensure you bring along any medication you may need on any given day (i.e. Insulin for Diabetics or Adrenaline if you suffer potential anaphylaxis).

DO YOU NEED A FIREARMS LICENSE TO GO CLAY BIRD SHOOTING?

No you do not require a firearms license to Clay Bird Shoot at Oxbow. You will be instructed and supervised by one of our qualified staff members in a safe and professional environment. Provided the shooter can hold and manage the firearm safely by themselves this is a safe and fun activity for most people.

I WOULD LIKE TO BOOK IN A LARGE GROUP, BUT NEED TO ENSURE LEGALITIES ARE ADDRESSED, CAN OXBOW HELP WITH THIS?

Yes we can. Please ensure you contact us if you require documentation on our Public Liability Insurance Cover. As a business, Oxbow has to comply with New Zealand legislation and we are regulated by Work Safe New Zealand under the Amusement Devices Act, Maritime New Zealand and the New Zealand Police.

Are you open all year around?

Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring … We are here looking forward to you joining us on your next big adventure!
The only day we’re not open to the public is Christmas Day.

Do you operate in wet weather?

Most of our activities can be experienced even during rainy days. Safety is paramount at Oxbow so if weather conditions may interfere with this, our team will make a decision on the day.

WE HAVE A DISABLED PERSON IN OUR PARTY – ARE YOU ABLE TO CATER FOR THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS?

Please advise us if anyone in your party requires special assistance of any kind, we have experience in catering to a wide variety of special requirements, so please don’t hesitate to ask.