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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.
3 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
Returns to original departure point
- Jet boat ride
- Complimentary Shuttle from Queenstown (2pm Jet Boat Departure Only)
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
- 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 are provided
- Please allow 1.5 hours for return trip from Queenstown if taking shuttle bus
- Locker facilities available for personal belongings
- Check-in is 30 min prior to jet boat ride departure
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Not recommended for travellers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travellers
- Most travellers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Time of year
We loved this exhilarating ride on the Shotover River!! Experienced skippers know just how to give you enough of a thrill while keeping you safe. Ride through the most beautiful canyon at 90km/hr, get ever so slightly wet while you twist, turn and spin 360 degrees (we would…
Date of experience: January 2021
Great ride, great driver, highly recommended. Beware the photos sales, there are two separate companies ... one does the videos and one does the photos. The package (vid and photos) does NOT include the photos taken at the dock, they are extra.
I did this trip when I first visited Queenstown in my teens so I wanted to take my family. It was as awesome as I remembered. The kids loved the 360 turns and how close we got to the rocks. So much fun. We did get wet when a passing boat sent a wave as we were exiting the boat.…
The ride was awesome, the gorge was amazing. 7yo, teens snd myself LOVED it. Lots of splashes, 360’s, bumps and turns in amazing surroundings.
Family of four with kids aged 12 & 13. This experience is worth every single dollar. We loved every minute of this amazing ride through the Canyon, even on what some people would call a crappy day. The temp was a little cool and yes we did have a bit of drizzle but it added to…
About the operator
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By: Shotover Jet
Amazing experience and definitely something anyone going to Queenstown should do Guides were fun and amazing people…
Stopped just for a look. Mark on reception was very informative and friendly, so we ended up booking a ride. We we…
The whole family had an absolute blast of a trip on the Shotover !!! From start to finish the whole family didn't s…
Another MUST DO in Queenstown
Making the most whilst the overseas tourists are being kept at bay, the whole family thoroughly enjoyed the trip ex…
This was amazing! I was quite nervous but our driver Matthew was fantastic and we had a thrilling time! Highly reco…
A ‘Must Do’ experience
Even better than we expected - so glad we did the trip. The team were awesome, and a special shout out for Nadia, o…
The driver over the Skippers Road is great and really interesting thanks to our driver followed by an exhilarating …
I enjoyed the thrill of it all. From when I parked up to when I left! The staff were the best I have to say! Humoro…
I’ve been on two jet boat rides in the north Island but they were very tame and bland compared to this. They take y…
this was an amazing experience , four of us went and all loved it , even bought the video to remember it !
Enjoyed our thrilling ride. Only four of us on board so made for a good ride. Scenery beautiful. Would of been good…
Top trip out with Mathew
Absolutely fantastic high-speed tour of the river. I was convinced we would smash into the canyon walls or flip ove…
From the moment the engines start the thrill begins. Loads of fun... heading towards rock cliffs then last minute d…
This was such an epic thing to do!!! Adrenaline filled but you feel safe the whole time. Donald our driver was awes…
Such a thrill
First time on the shotover and I’m hooked. Powerful jetboats with super experienced drivers. Nick was our driver - …
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