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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown provided by Shotover Jet

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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
3 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point 9371, New Zealand
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 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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KiwiMum3811 wrote a review 5 Jul
Auckland Central, New Zealand14 contributions
The Shotover Jet opened yesterday for the first time since lockdown so we took advantage of their outrageous “special offer” and rugged up warm for the 90 km per hour ride with 360 degree spins and turns on the freezing cold river ... and all I can say is “WOW!!” What a
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Date of experience: July 2020
Lyn B wrote a review Jun 2020
4 contributions
Was the highlight of our trip staff we brilliant our driver was fantastic would do it again was raining in the morning but cleared enough for the boat ride to go ahead video and pictures at the end we well worth it we did self drive of NZ
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Date of experience: April 2020
TravelinSuz wrote a review Apr 2020
Chandler, Arizona843 contributions241 helpful votes
I’ve done other jet boats since but I believe this was the original. It was scenic, a thrill ride, and just plain fun.
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Date of experience: May 2019
devonroamer wrote a review Mar 2020
Kingsteignton, United Kingdom1,182 contribution401 helpful votes
We drove up to the start point, it isn't far from Queenstown. The canyon is lovely from various view points. I suffered from extreme nerves and was in a mind not to go on it, but after speaking to the staff, they allayed any fears I might have had. It was with great trepidation
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from SOJ_CustomerService, Customer Service Manager at Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown
Responded 31 Mar 2020
Kia ora devonroamer, Thank you for taking the time to write your 5* review on Shotover Jet. We are delighted that you had an amazing jet boat adventure with us & we were able to put your initial nerves at ease. Nick is certainly an incredible driver navigating his way through the dramatic and narrow Shotover canyons & takes great joy in thrilling his passengers. I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to the entire team who will be thrilled with the positive feedback. We trust you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in beautiful Queenstown & hope you are able to visit again one day. Kia kaha - stay strong, Katie
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pitaToronto wrote a review Mar 2020
Oakville, Canada24 contributions8 helpful votes
Took a tour with Shotover Jet Boats just before Corona Virus began to shut down everything. We are three ladies in their sixties so decided not to bungee jump this time! What a wonderful experience we had with Shotover jet boats instead. Decided on this company due to reviews we
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from Marketing_NTT1, Marketing Coordinator at Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown
Responded 30 Mar 2020
Kia ora pitaToronto, Thank you for your review. Happy to hear you experienced the thrill that we offer here at Shotover Jet. Ngā mihi, Lauren
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By: Shotover Jet
this is a real fun activity and scary . there is a lot to see while you are on the tour . you cant take pictures
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Fricken Amazing!!
What an adrenaline rush!! Scenery the staff, boat, horsepower, driver and driving were all outstanding.
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Awesome experience
Heart pumping ride on a sunny Sunday. Beautiful scenery through the river canyon. Our driver, Ollie, gave us inform
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Shotover Jet Fun
My husband and I (60) decided to do this on the spur of the moment and we are SO glad we did. Enormous fun - got th
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Jayne S
Ab Fab
The weather stopped us from doing what we had planned so we did the shotover jet. It was fantastic fun, I laughed a
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Great ride
Beautiful views and very fun nearly 30 minute ride. Safety is observed but super exciting ride. Sit on the outer
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Thanks Shotover!
Fantastic boating skills and incredible and awe inspiring manoeuvres making this an awesome experience in Queenstow
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Bucket list jobby!
So wanted to do this and it didn't disappoint! Thrilling experience ! Very professionally managed. LOVED IT!
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simply stunning ride
This is an amazing ride, not for the faint hearted. The drivers are very good at what they do - that is to thrill a
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Michael D
Thrilling and enjoyable
You will love the skill level these drivers exhibit as they navigate the winding turns of the gorge and shotover se
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Was expecting more
Great view of the mountians in a beautiful river. Couldnt ask for more beautiful scenery. The driver however seemed
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caroline l
Oh what amazing fun....
What a rush .... this was such good fun I did it twice. The jet boat goes at speed up the canyon sailing close to
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Shotover is the best!!!!
Took the family on the Shotover Jet boats, what a blast!! love this and will be back for sure on our next visit to
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Kitty R
Exhilarating ride
Best jetboat ride I have been on. Absolutely gorgeous scenery mixed with an exhilarating ride. Would highly recomme
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On the surface may appear expensive but it is a unique experience and is fun. Be prepared to get wet even if you we
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