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

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown
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from ₱4,794.41 per adult
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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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 25m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2020
Available languages
English
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2020
Know before you go
  • Duration: 25m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5626SHOTOVER
Call +63 923-0990452
Important information
Inclusions
Jet boat ride • Complimentary Shuttle from Queenstown (2pm Jet Boat Departure Only)
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
25m
Departure details
3 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand Self-driving to our river base in Arthurs Point - please check-in 30 minutes prior. For our 2pm Jet Boat Departure only: We provide a free shuttle from The Station Information Centre (25 Shotover Street) to the river base -1.15pm check-in.
Inclusions
Jet boat ride • Complimentary Shuttle from Queenstown (2pm Jet Boat Departure Only)
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
3 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand Self-driving to our river base in Arthurs Point - please check-in 30 minutes prior. For our 2pm Jet Boat Departure only: We provide a free shuttle from The Station Information Centre (25 Shotover Street) to the river base -1.15pm check-in.
Duration
25m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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 are provided
Please allow 1.5 hours for return trip from Queenstown if taking shuttle bus
Locker facilities available for personal belongings
Check-in is 30 min prior to jet boat ride departure
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Popular mentions

5.0
1,351 reviews
Excellent
1,138
Very good
153
Average
35
Poor
13
Terrible
12

Mike F
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions
Jet Boat Blast
May 2021 • Solo
Fantastic high speed run in the most incredible scenery! Very professional operation which made me feel safe and confident! I would definitely do this again!
Written 8 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Mike, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review! We greatly value your feedback! We are glad you had a great time on the trip! Our canyons are certainly something to be experienced first hand! The beautiful scenery adds to the mix and we are also glad you found our kaimahi's manaakitanga friendly and helpful. We look forward to your next visit to Shotover Jet! Nga Mihi Sophie Customer Services Team
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Family holiday
4 contributions
Shot over river
Apr 2021 • Family
Highly recommended.
Pricey, but worth it however for 1 week in service every 1where else offered deals. X3 adults however my husband woke up sick, surrounded by covid times it was precaution & safety of others we leave him in the motel.
Arrived late but rang ahead 30mins they did not mention no refund and we should of did a no show losing $58 instead of his whole fare of $129, no refund staff informed 24hr notice, they need to review for safety of staff & other jet boater customers this was clearly GREED at its best & a arrogant smirk from a staff member I wanted to punch her really!!!lol if one infected person was to enter the business it will close the business down and lose future bookings over this arrogance, even though we in level 1 you cannot drop off covid hasn't!!!!we weren't encouraged to sign in. I cancelled my husband's 50th bdae skydive 15mins before and they were lovely, fully refunded but this company shot over river by golly.Boat ride was excellent
Video footage wasn't worth the $35 1.5mins
Written 27 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Reez185, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and we greatly appreciate your feedback from your experience. We apologise this was not a 5* experience for you on this occasion and we were unable to refund the 1 passenger within our 24 hour cancellation policy. We take both our customers' and staff's safety extremely seriously and especially surrounding customers who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. We will take your feedback and look to review our policy surrounding cancellations of this nature. We are glad you enjoyed your jet boat experience and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown! Nga Mihi Sophie
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Chopchop21
Sydney, Australia98 contributions
Thrilling and amazing scenery
Apr 2021 • Couples
Amazing jet boat ride, scenery is like something out of a movie. Shot-over river jet boat definitely better than on lake Wakatipu. Safety standards seemed very good and jetboat driver also gave us some great historical background on the area.
Written 26 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Chopchop21, Thank you for taking the time out to leave a review for us. We are glad you enjoyed the thrill and adventurous aspect of our trip which is what separates us from other operators- wall-to-wall canyon action from start to finish! There are no lakes here! Our drivers train very rigorously to be able to provide this experience in a safe and enjoyable manner. Your compliments will definitely be passed on to the team. Ka kite ano! Nga mihi/Kind regards, Sophie Customer Services Team
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SesJ
Nelson, New Zealand52 contributions
Epic!!
Apr 2021 • Family
This is a must do Queenstown experience! We did it on a cold day with intermittent showers and were provided with glasses to protect our eyes from the rain. We booked early in the day and arrived in plenty of time and were put on the earlier trip as they had a few spare seats. Our driver was obviously hugely experienced and gave us a fantastic fun filled ride. Our 8 year old said “this is epic”. All the staff were so friendly and helpful. So worth going with Shotover Jet to get an experience that none of the other companies give.
Written 25 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora sesjj! Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a review. We greatly appreciate your feedback! We are glad your family had a great time with us even though the weather was slightly inclement. We look forward to welcoming you back again some time in the near future. Nga mihi, Sophie Customer Service Team
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

KevinAM45
Auckland Central, New Zealand60 contributions
Slick Operation
Jan 2021
Whist in Queenstown we wanted to do a jet boat ride. I researched which would be the best, as there was a jet boat operation from the wharf in town. I discovered that Shotover Jets is the original operation, and the only one that operates through the Shotover gorge.
To get to Shotover Jets, simply take an Uber from Queenstown to Aurthers Point, about 10min out of town.
This is a very well run, and excellent operation. The team are friendly, and helpful.
The ride was excellent, and I would recommend the Shotover Jet if you are thinking of doing a jet boat ride while in Queenstown.
Written 11 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora KevinAM45, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a review. We are glad that after your thorough research we were the preferred jet boat company for you. Established in 1965, we've thrilled more than 3 million visitors on our exhilarating ride. Your word of mouth recommendation is the best publicity we can ask for so thank you very much for that! Ka kite ano! Nga mihi, Sinchan Customer Service Team
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Ross
Napier, New Zealand8 contributions
This is an awesome experience.
Feb 2021
This was an experience I'll never forget. It was so much fun and exhilarating. This was my first time and I had no idea how beautiful the Shotover river would be. Passing so close to the Canyons was awesome and the power of the jet boat was something to behold. We did a number of spins which made everybody sequel with delight. I will be doing this again when I return to Queenstown. This is an extremely well run operation with friendly and helpful staff.
Written 20 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Roscopcoaltrain, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a review. We are glad you had a great time on the trip. Our canyons and boat spins are definitely something to be experienced first hand! The beautiful scenery adds to the mix and we are also glad you found our kaimahi's manaakitanga friendly and helpful. We look forward to your next visit to Shotover Jet! Nga mihi, Sinchan Customer Service Team
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kriss Bhatti
Auckland Central, New Zealand15 contributions
Best Experience
Jan 2021 • Family
It was Amazing, me & my daughter got the best seats at the front 😁, it was an experience of a lifetime we will never forget, we had so much fun 😍 A must to do while in Queenstown😊
Written 31 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review! So happy to hear you and your whanau had a fantastic time on our trip and memories to last you a lifetime! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Queenstown and hope to see you again one day! Nga Mihi Sophie
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

KevinAM45
Auckland Central, New Zealand60 contributions
Fantastic !
Jan 2021
Before doing the Shotover jet I researched which jet boat experience to do while in Queenstown. Based on feedback we choose Shotover Jet, and were not disappointed. There are a number of jet boats departing from the wharf in Queenstown, but Shotover is only a $20 Uber ride about 10 mins out of town.
Very well run, friendly staff, and fantastic ride. Would definitely recommend.
Written 24 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora Kevin, Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review! We love hearing our customers feedback and so glad you had such an amazing time out jet boating with us and your overall experience out at our base. Nga Mihi Sophie
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26lv
Queenstown, New Zealand96 contributions
Lives up to the hype!
Jan 2021 • Solo
Having lived in Queenstown for several years, I finally got the chance to experience the Shotover Jet. I can safely say that it was well worth it and a definite must-do for locals and visitors alike. The activity is around 20-25 minutes, so it’s easy to fit into your day, although it feels longer when you’re out on the boat (in a good way!). Our driver Andy was an excellent host. He made us feel safe and welcome whilst at the same time providing a thrilling and memorable experience.

Thanks again team, keep up the awesome work!
Written 22 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora! Thank you for coming out on the Shotover jet and amazing to have you out to experience the thrill of the Shotover Jet! We love to hear feedback from our customers and stoked to hear you had such a great time with Andy!! Nga Mihi Sophie
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Emsigningin
Auckland Central, New Zealand54 contributions
Exhilarating Ride in Stunning Scenery
Jan 2021 • Family
We loved this exhilarating ride on the Shotover River!! Experienced skippers know just how to give you enough of a thrill while keeping you safe. Ride through the most beautiful canyon at 90km/hr, get ever so slightly wet while you twist, turn and spin 360 degrees (we would have been fine without our rain coats due to the hot weather). Video is taken throughout the journey on the boat - facing forwards to relive the experience and also back to us for our changing expressions!
Written 12 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora! Thank you for leaving us a review, we love to hear your feedback!! We hope you found some of your expressions entertaining on the video as you travelled through the canyons! :P Nga Mihi Sophie
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By: Shotover Jet
bonnieolckers
bonnieolckers
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So much fun!
We had the best time with Nadia at the healm of our jet! She was friendly, fun and made us feel at ease. The experi
leisa74
leisa74
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Stunning
We loved our jet boat ride. The scenery was out of this world and the adrenaline rush was awesome! Highly recommen
HermanDwight
HermanDwight
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Great as expected
We did the jet boat shot over with our 12 and 14 year old for the first time and we all absolutely loved it. Family
malmac27
malmac27
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Family blast!
Our family of 5 (12, 15, 17 + mum & dad) went on the last run of the day. They do advise you to wear warm clothes a
KKG007
KKG007
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Brilliant. Must do!
We'd tries on previous trips to Queenstown to go, but the water level was too high. So we were thrilled to be able
PishiX
PishiX
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Do it! Fantastic fun.
Don’t hesitate. This is not only iconic but absolutely fantastic fun. I was terrified and exhilarated at the same t
Kerrie350
Kerrie350
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A Must Do Activity!
Wow! What an amazing experience. Thrills and amazing scenery. We had Andy as our driver and he was bloody fan
Higgosnz
Higgosnz
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Exhilarating experience
This was awesome fun. Great experience. Would recommend anyone coming to Queenstown does this. Our driver Andy was
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A6693QRaaronb
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Fun but not for $$
Was a fun experience going up the canyons and thrilling ride, but for $120 for a short 15min ride. Not sure its wor
388kathg
388kathg
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Queenstown icon
Great trip, good safety checks and how the heck they spin those jets in such a tight place, and shallow water I’ll
MarfaArfa
MarfaArfa
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A must do while in Queenstown
What an exhilarating 25 minutes on a jet boat. Very scenic going through the canyon and hair raising due to proximi
kristinsnapfire
kristinsnapfire
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Worth your money and good solo activity
I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it, but the second we pulled away from the dock, the smile that stretched from e
catienoble
catienoble
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Loved it!
Great trip with an amazing driver Nardia. Thrilling and beautiful! Suitable for kids and my 6 year old loved it. So
tesil12
tesil12
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Best experience
Amazing experience and definitely something anyone going to Queenstown should do Guides were fun and amazing people
Mechelle M
Mechelle M
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Thanks Tim
Stopped just for a look. Mark on reception was very informative and friendly, so we ended up booking a ride. We we
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