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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.
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Shotover Jet
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.
  • 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
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Reviewed yesterday
A thrilling and unforgettable adventure

WOW - that was intense! An amazing white-knuckle thrill-ride that you will never forget. One word of warning, though: Check your departure time (as they don't send you a calendar reminder) and BE SURE to arrive 20 minutes beforehand (as the small print specifies that...More

Thank Stan R
Reviewed 4 days ago
Shotover Jet Boats A Must Do

OMG.... this was amazing, Ryan our driver was bloody brilliant when it comes to shaving cliff faces and doing the ol 360. With the twin V8's you get up to 95 kms per hour in 6 inches of water. You get a little damp but...More

Thank Tony C
SOJ_CustomerService, Customer Service Manager at Shotover Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora Tony C, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It is great to hear you had an amazing experience with us here at Shotover Jet. Ryan is certainly an incredible driver navigating his way through the dramatic and narrow Shotover...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Exactly as advertised

Was good fun and our driver Andy was good value. The shotover river is a lot more exciting than the other jet boats operating in Queenstown. Quite expensive for 25 minutes- in hindsight taking the first or last trip of the day for $30 less...More

Thank tc3110
SOJ_CustomerService, Customer Service Manager at Shotover Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora tc3110, Thank you for taking the time to review Shotover Jet. We are glad you joined us for a unique & breath-taking ride through dramatic and narrow Shotover canyons. There are sometimes special deals throughout the year that you can see on our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
What a blast

Absolutely loved the experience. Such an adrenaline hit and well worth the money. Would definitely do again but not in the rain. Our only downfall was that it was raining and the rain was a bit like pins hitting you. Definitely recommend wearing sunglasses. Our...More

Thank Wendyclan
SOJ_CustomerService, Customer Service Manager at Shotover Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora Wendyclan, Thank you for taking the time to review Shotover Jet. We are so happy to hear that you had a great experience despite the drizzly conditions. If raining, we advise all passengers to wrap up warm, but it is always a shock...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Thrill of a Lifetime.

This was one of the biggest buzzes I have had . The speed of the boat through the canyons was breathtaking and the skill of the driver was fantastic . Its hard to express how much fun it was and the 360 degree turns are...More

Thank Greg O
SOJ_CustomerService, Customer Service Manager at Shotover Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora Greg O, Thank you for taking the time to review Shotover Jet. We are so happy that you had a fantastic & thrilling experience with us. The boat drivers certainly are incredible at navigating through the canyons & take great joy in thrilling...More

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5 August 2018|
Response from Andrea R | Reviewed this property |
Bus trip not far out of Queenstown, however it would depend how many groups waiting for rides for wait times, but they do have more than 1 boat on the go. Maybe an hour all up.
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25 June 2018|
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Response from melissamurray29 | Reviewed this property |
Going at that speed is going to be cold at anytime but well worth it. The jackets will keep you warm but a beanie or hat will need to be on really well or it will blow off. Go for it! :)
14 June 2018|
Response from Pratarv | Reviewed this property |
There are two rides. The shorter one is about 30min. It provides a good view and all the tricks and is a recommended quick ride. The other is an hour and a half and can be done if one has enough time on hand. The experience... More
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