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Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

  • 1-hour jet boat ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River
  • Take in the scenic surroundings of the lake and bay
  • Admire views of the Queenstown waterfront, the Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Kawarau Falls Dam
Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride
From US$66.70
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Access remote wilderness areas on this Queenstown jet-boat tour across Lake Wakatipu and down the Kawarau River. The high-speed 1-hour ride is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping as your expert driver maneuvers into 360-degree spins, performs fishtail turns and navigates between narrow canyon walls. Snap photos of your scenic surroundings, including the Remarkables mountain range, and watch bungy jumpers plunge from the Kawarau Bridge. You have several tour times to choose from throughout the day.
What to Expect
This exhilarating jet-boat ride from Queenstown covers 29 miles (47 km) of waterways at speeds up to 60 mph (95 kph). Make your way to the jet boat base at the downtown pier and board the powerful vessel for a 1-hour narrated tour across Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River. 

After a safety briefing given by your driver-guide, snap on your provided life jacket over any wet-weather gear. Once you pull away from the Queenstown waterfront and race across Lake Wakatipu, admire stunning views of Queenstown Bay, the Remarkables mountain range, Cecil Peak and Kelvin Peninsula. Listen to commentary on regional history, geology and wildlife as the jet boat skims across the shimmering cobalt waters of New Zealand’s longest lake. 

You’ll zoom under the Kawarau Bridge and navigate through narrow passageways of the Kawarau River. Designed to soar across shallow water and perform tight turns, the jet boat grants you unrivaled access to the stunning wilderness beyond the Kawarau Dam. Hold on tight as your driver maneuvers the jet boat into 360-degree spins, fishtails and long slides that kick up sheets of spray. 

Your jet-boat ride ends back at the dock in Queenstown, where you can purchase photos of your adventure.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Awesome experience!

We chose this jet boat ride because it offered value for money and the duration of the ride was an hour. Some of the other companies out there only offer a 25 minute experience! My partner and I really enjoyed this experience, although our fingers...More

Thank jessicatheexplorer
GoOrangeNZ, Manager at Go Orange Thunder Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good advice, almost pays to wear your ski gear in winter! Thanks for taking the time to review Thunder Jet, hope you enjoyed your Queenstown adventure :)

Reviewed 14 June 2018
A must do

A lot of fun and a great way to see the lake in Queenstown. We purchased our tickets online a few hours before we went and saved a little bit of money. Friendly service and friendly staff. A must do in Queenstown.

Thank Melindak77
Haley K, Manager at Go Orange Thunder Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Thanks Melinda, glad to hear you enjoyed your Thunder Jet ride, great to have your feedback. Thanks

Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile
Really fun and beautiful

The ride was really fun, we had good commentary by our driver (I forgot his name but he was great!) and the ride had music. It was very very cold but it's all worth it.

Thank Anne62738299518
Haley K, Manager at Go Orange Thunder Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Thanks Anne, it can get bitterly cold on the water in Winter but you are right it is definitely worth the trip. Great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Tahnks

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Great experience

This family run business has it just right. We had a fantastic trip, Alex did a great job commentating and giving us a beautiful, exciting trip!

Thank Jon C
ThunderTeam, Director of Sales at Go Orange Thunder Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Thank you Jon. We appreciate your feedback and we hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Queenstown.

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile
Scenic and thrilling ride!

The jet ride was a perfect combination of fun and thrilling 360 spins as well as panoramic views of the lake and the mountains. Our driver was Levi, he was awesome!

Thank Maria P
ThunderTeam, Director of Sales at Go Orange Thunder Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

We're so glad you had such a great experience with us on Thunder Jet! We hope you enjoy the rest of you time in Queenstown.

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