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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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Popular mentions
We wanted to do the ride down the canyon but our first attempt the rapids were too rough so we came back the next day and the rain was too hard - we waited - the rain cleared and was it worth it both for the views of the canyon from the water and the thrilling ride itself - you
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What a great adventure ride, almost from the second you take off, you are subjected to constant thrills and scary moments. The driver was absolutely fantastic and handled the boat like the pro that he was and you hoped for. Can't recommend enough, even if it's the only thing
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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 4 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 5 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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About the operator
By: Shotover Jet
5,536 reviews
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Curlewis, Australia
Adrenaline packed excitement!
Well organised and professionally run. Even in inclement whether, this is a must do for any trip to Queenstown!
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Singapore, Singapore
Recommended to take part in shot over jet
Very exciting. Safe and sound. Good operations procedure, fast and convenient. Friendly shot over jet captain
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Back once again
My 3rd, or is it 4th time in ‘the jets’. More fun, more professional, more ride than ever! Boats are amazing!
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Fantastic trip. Second time the family have been on this. We will be back again
Fantastic trip. This is the second time we have done this with the family and can’t wait to do it again.
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Best attraction in New Zealand
We visited Queenstown last month and this was one of the best attrations we've had! Kids really enjoyed it and
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Riviere Noire
It was nearly rained off - that would have been a real miss
We wanted to do the ride down the canyon but our first attempt the rapids were too rough so we came back the next
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Miami, Australia
Mackie family. 49yrs 19yrs 17yrs 14yrs
Awesome best thing we did in Queenstown by far. Driver was fantastic skilled and great attitude. My two daughters
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So much fun!
Definitely a must-do Queenstown experience if you want to be entertained and get an adrenaline fix! The drivers
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Singapore, Singapore
Awesome fun
Had a great experience on the Shotover jet. The driver we had been doing it for 20 years, was very informative and
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Gold Coast, Australia
Fantasic highlight of our Queenstown visit!
This is a must-do for any visitor to Queenstown! It embodies all the spirit of fun and adventure the region is
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Dave L
Newcastle, Australia
Thrill a second
What a great adventure ride, almost from the second you take off, you are subjected to constant thrills and scary
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Simply the BEST!
Shotover Jet is the best trip ever. There may be cheaper boat trips out there. But, Shotover Jet started it all
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Wollongong, Australia
Absolutely great
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it as a must do in Queenstown. Great fun had by both of us
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Jordi B
Barcelona, Spain
A must do in Queenstown
This is something no to be missed when you are in Queenstown. We did it first thing in the morning on a really
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Bucaramanga, Colombia
Amazing experience
Excellent experience It was amazing, my friends and I laughed throughout the trip and enjoyed the scenery
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Key Details
  • Shotover Jet
  • Duration: 25m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English
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