All about the Shotover Jet

For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies alike, embark on a high-octane ride deep into the narrow canyons of the fast-moving Shotover River on this heart-pounding jet boat adventure.
Climb aboard your custom-designed vessel, specifically built for maximum speed and agility, and hang on tight. From the moment your skilled driver puts the accelerator to the floor, the boat takes off, thrusting 800 litres of water a second.
Careen through narrow craggy canyon walls, past rugged multi-coloured Alpine cliffs and over white water. Watch the water spray sheeting past and the scenery blur as the boat reaches speeds of more than 50 miles per hour, sometimes in water only 10 cm (4”) deep.
Embrace your adrenaline rush while the boat spins continuously on its axis with full 360-degree turns. For the next 25 minutes, feel your heart pounding as your white-water adventure continues to speed along the dramatic and narrow Shotover River Canyons.

Highlights include thrilling boat speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, Full 360-degree spins for optimal adrenaline rush, dramatic, narrow canyon walls & fast-flowing river water, custom-designed boat for maximum speed & manoeuvrability and out highly trained, professional driver leading the way

Shotover Jet Itinerary - 1 days

  • 1 Day Shotover Jet
    Complimentary shuttles depart 'The Station' Info Centre (corner Camp and Shotover Streets) up to every 15 minutes. Self-Drive - Located 6kms from Queenstown.
    From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof. You’ll speed over 10cm deep water, along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.

    It’s an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts his state-of-the-art Big Red Jet Boat through its paces. At 85kph he’ll skillfully whip the powerful boat past rocky outcrops, skim around crags and boulders, and speed through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into a myriad of white water crystals with every turn.
    25 minutes on the water.
    Allow 1 hour 45 minutes Queenstown return, including jet boat ride
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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Children aged 3 and 4 are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult.
Children aged 10-15 can travel unaccompanied if a parent/guardian is on site.
You must be at least 3 feet 3 inches (1 m) tall. Children aged 2 and younger are not permitted.
Depending on river and weather conditions, the height restriction may be raised to 3 feet 11 inches (1.2 m).
If you have back or neck problems, you should not take part.
If you are pregnant, you should not take part.

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