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Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

By: KJet
  • 1-hour jet-boat ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River and Shotover River, from Queenstown
  • Zip around the scenic waterways of Queenstown on a thrilling high-speed jet boat adventure
  • Hold on as your expert driver spins the boat in 360-degree circles and fish-tails on the water
Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers
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Experience heart-racing fun on an exhilarating Queenstown jet-boat ride. The expert captain races across Lake Wakatipu, navigates tricky turns on the Kawarau River and speeds through the milky waters of the Shotover River. Grab hold of your seat as the jet boat makes 360-degree spins and fishtails on a rollercoaster ride over the water. You’ll cover more ground in less time, and receive a complimentary entrance ticket to Queenstown's Underwater Observatory.
What to Expect
Roar across Lake Wakatipu and down the Kawarau and Shotover rivers on a 1-hour adrenaline-pumping jet-boat adventure, departing from the main pier in central Queenstown. After you receive wet-weather gear, a life jacket and a safety briefing, hold on for the 27-mile (43-km) jet-boat ride down some of New Zealand’s most scenic waterways.

First, zoom across pristine Lake Wakatipu and look up at the majestic Remarkables mountain range. From the mouth of the Kawarau River, glide past the Kawarau Dam and prepare for 360-degree spins before your driver expertly navigates the fast-moving currents of the narrow channels of the Shotover River, gaining speeds up to 55 mph (85 kph) in shallow water.

End your jet-boat ride back at the pier where you can purchase photos of your adventure.

Use your complimentary ticket to gain entry to the Underwater Observatory, where you can view brown trout, diving ducks and freshwater eels beneath the surface of Lake Wakatipu.
Reviews (89)
1 - 5 of 82 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
So much fun!

This is a super fun activity with loads of 360 spins and great views. plus they have heated handrails haha. Can definitely recommend it!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank christravels1108
Reviewed 3 days ago

These guys are so awesome, The lovely ladies at the desk got us all set up and got us ready for the trip! Hamish was our boat driver and chatted away to us when we had stops and rode past a dog on the way!!!...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank brianvergtyu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Variety of stunning scenery!

It was fantastic way to see all the stunning scenery around the Queenstown area! Starting off from Wakatipu Lake, and went to Kawarau River, then Shotover River. It was incredible to see differences between the two rivers. What colour!!! Some of the views you can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bazzz235
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awesome jetboat ride!

This is an awesome jetboat ride around queenstown rivers. The driver was super fun and did heaps of 360 spins and stopped for photos. The trip ended with a quick trip to an underwater observatory under the dock that had fish, eels and diving ducks...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank trentlanek
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lots of fun, even in the rain!

We unfortunately had a rainy day for our Jet Boat ride, but it was still plenty of fun! It was sunny on our way back to Queenstown Jetty, so we got both a rainy and sunny experience. Would definitely recommend doing this as it is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sjkabadi
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