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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

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Churning rapids and towering cliffs make the Shotover River a thrilling experience by jet boat, and this high-speed tour gets you spinning, fishtailing, and skimming across the surface. Frequent departures from Queenstown means you can easily tailor a time to fit your schedule, while the included round-trip transport means you don’t need a car and ensures maximum adventure time on the Shotover River.
  • Shotover River jet boat tour offers frequent departures from Queenstown
  • Maneuverable jet boat can perform 360-degree spins and turns
  • Experience Queenstown's legendary adrenaline sports just outside of town
  • Round-trip transport from a walkable departure point
What to Expect
Your jet boat excursion starts at a central location in Queenstown. Meet a shuttle bus for the trip to the Shotover River. Departures are available throughout the morning and afternoon, and may be selected when booking. It’s a quick trip from downtown Queenstown to the departure point on the Shotover River. Upon arrival, suit up for the jet boat with personal flotation devices and wet gear to keep out the splashing white water. Hold on tight as the jet boat driver maneuvers through the Shotover River’s narrow canyon walls, squeezing past tight corners and rocky outcroppings. At the end of the trip, get the opportunity to purchase souvenir photos if desired, or simply hop on the shuttle back to Queenstown, where you'll be walking distance from many of the city’s top attractions, restaurants, and hotels.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point Rd, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Complimentary shuttle departs from The Station Information Centre - corner Camp and Shotover streets
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Jet boat ride
  • Complimentary shuttle bus
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 5 years and child must be at least 3 feet (1 meter) in height; dependent on water conditions, the operator reserves the right to increase the minimum height to 4 feet (1.2 meters)
  • Lifejackets and full-length spray jackets are provided
  • Please allow 1.5 hours for return trip from Queenstown if taking shuttle bus
  • There is a cafe on-site
  • Locker facilities available for personal belongings
  • Check-in is 45-min prior to jet boat ride departure
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Definitely should try to experience once. Nice to go through the canyons and do the 360's. Felt short, about 30 minutes. Book in advance and shouldn't have to pay more than $140pp. Only complaint was canceled first time due to weather which was fine, but they claimed they sent
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Yes it was a real rush but very beautiful to see and go through the canyon... a bit expensive but well organised and fun!
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Response from SOJ_CustomerService, Customer Service at Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown
Responded 2 days ago
Kia Ora bjroaming111 Thank you for the five-star review We are so proud of our beautiful surroundings, you certainly get to see them from a different perspective at 90kph through the canyons! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown Nga mihi / Kind regards, Charlotte
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Woohoo... What fun! It's so fast, the drivers are complete professionals, they come so close to the rocks but I felt safe the whole time. All set in the most beautiful scenery. If you like excitement, speed and don't mind getting a little wet then I highly recommend.
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Response from SOJ_CustomerService, Customer Service at Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown
Responded 3 days ago
Kia Ora Robyn Thankyou for an amazing review! Our scenery really is one of a kind here in Queenstown, certainly not to be missed! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience here with us at Shotover Jet! It sure is an adrenaline rush flying at 90kph through our canyons! Our drivers know exactly how to raise the hairs on the back of your neck! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here in Queenstown Nga mihi / Kind regards, Charlotte
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I just knew the driver Ryan was going to slice off sections of the Jetboat in hair raising Canyon runs at jagged walls, but his expertise keep us gasping! By the way my hair raising is especially meaningful since I am bald! Very well done and worth the price.
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Response from SOJ_CustomerService, Retail & Photography Dept. at Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown
Responded 4 days ago
Kia Ora Lawscuba! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review! Ryan is an incredibly skilled driver and works hard to make it a thrilling ride for everyone, I'm so happy to hear about your 'hair raising' experience! Nga Mihi, Kaitlyn
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We loved our jet boat ride - so much fun, a bit of a thrill and beautiful at the same time. Unfortunately I didn’t believe the guys when they said to wear sunnies - you definitely need them, as when you reach higher speeds the wind gets in your eyes and it’s hard to see - so
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Response from SOJ_CustomerService, Customer Service Manager at Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Lisa R, Thank you for taking the time to write your 5* review on Shotover Jet. It is great to hear you had an amazing experience, even without your sunnies! We think that being the only company permitted to operate through these beautiful canyons, combined with all the refreshing 360° spins and speeds of up to 90kpm, certainly makes it pretty special here & it’s great to hear you do to. We hope to see you again one day - safe travels. Nga mihi / Kind regards, Katie
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Key Details
  • Shotover Jet
  • Duration: 25m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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