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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.
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1 - 5 of 64 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did this trip with my seven year old and he loved it. Our trip was fun, educational and friendly. Our driver was great, thank you! We stopped to look at scenery, fish and river levels, we went fast, fast and faster,round in circles, 360s and...More

Thank Kaight F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely AMAZING, a must do when in Queenstown

We got a gift voucher for our honeymoon and it was phenomenal 😃 we both loved every minute of it. Our driver Hamish was great - so very skilful and full of knowledge about the area, the rivers and the surrounds of Queenstown which made...More

Thank Bek1925
KJetQueenstown, Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Bek, Thank you so much for recommending us, awesome to hear to you had an amazing time on the Big Yellows as Mr and Mrs. We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Hamish. Congratulations on your marriage and we hope you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Nice hour on power jet

Very nice service, friendly staff. We could go on the boat with our 3 years old kid, he has to sit on one of us, but still plenty of space.

Thank Fabrice S
KJetQueenstown, Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Fabrice, Thanks for reviewing your experience on KJet. We hope your son enjoyed watching the massive trout, diving ducks and slinky eels at the Underwater Observatory after your trip. Enjoy the rest of your travels :) Kind regards, The KJet Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cool Jet Boat Ride

There are a few jet boat rides in Queenstown and we chose this one because a friend who'd been recently recommended it. I went on with my wife and 2 adult children and while it was probably the most expensive thing we did in Queenstown...More

Thank Dave G
KJetQueenstown, Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Dave, Thanks so much to you and your friend for recommending KJet. We are stoked to hear you and your family had a thrilling time on the Big Yellows. We hope to see you again soon and enjoy the rest of your time in...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great Thrill

Fantastically located right in the heart of town, absolutely loved racing through the river and seeing the snow topped mountains. Our driver was really amazing. SHOUT OUT TO ANDY. Highly recommend.

Thank rachelf1993
KJetQueenstown, Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Rachel, Thanks for taking the time to review and recommend us. We'll be sure to pass on your lovely feedback to our driver Andy. Hope you enjoy the rest of your travels :) Kind regards, The KJet Team

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