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Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

By: KJet
Highlights
  • 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
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Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers
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Overview
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 (45-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 59 mph (95 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 (115)
1 - 5 of 107 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Good way to see scenery

My partner and I went on this boat on a frosty morning which may not have been the best idea! But it was a great way to see the lake and rivers and our boat driver was knowledgeable about the area. I will say that...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Wakatipu Lake, Kawarau River and Shotover River

I loved it! Spins are really fun, we get to see and experience a lot of history about the area. It departures from the main town pier which is easy. I had a great time!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank dancostabr
KJetQueenstown, Front Office Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Dan, Thanks for your awesome review and glad you had a good time on the Big Yellows! Cheers the KJet team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great trip with Kjet

We did this trip with a group from all over nz as part of a car tour through the country. Great trip. Water level was very low on the shot over river which made for awesome boating. Andy our driver was great and and knowledgeable...More

Thank williamsO5195QP
KJetQueenstown, Front Office Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there! Thanks so much for the great review, it's pretty amazing how we only need a little bit of water to Jet boat! Hope you had a great rest of your trip. Cheers the KJet team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tauck Travelers take to the rivers......................................

After getting suited up in our wet gear, we climbed aboard our jetboat for a soon-to-be thrilling adventure on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers. Our assigned driver, Hamish, carefully explained what was to transpire over the next 60 minutes or so including the all important...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank travelinupstaterz
KJetQueenstown, Front Office Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there! Thanks so much for leaving a great review! We think Hamish is pretty awesome too, and sounds like you had a great day with the weather also. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown. Cheers the KJet team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome time

I took my cousins and friends on an afternoon jet boat ride after they saw advert on their Qantas flight. We had the best time, sitting right up front! Got our photos and videos! Definitely a Queenstown must do 😃

Thank claires870
KJetQueenstown, Front Office Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Claire! Thanks so much for your 5 star review and stoked that you had a good time on the Big Yellows! We love Qantas. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown. Cheers The KJet Team

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NalakaW1
6 January 2019|
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Response from yehudi2014 | Reviewed this property |
Feel free to ask them. I don't think so. We found that the kids prices round most of the south island finished at 14 years.
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Airaree A
29 December 2018|
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Response from Fabrice S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Our son was the same age when we did it
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