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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 (110)
1 - 5 of 102 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
this was a blast!

starting from the take off until you return to the dock this is a great time! 360 spins from the get go and speeds that blow your hair back along with the great scenery - you can't ask for much more. It is amazing that...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sprout89
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Really fun experience!

We had originally booked with another jet boat company (hadn't found K Jet) who had to cancel our ride at short notice. We booked the 9am but when we turned up the weather was pretty ordinary so the company suggested regretfully that it would be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sime1070
KJetQueenstown, Front Office Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your 5 star review! Always nice to have awesome feedback like this :) Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Queenstown! Cheers the KJet team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome jet boat ride on Lake Wakatipu, the Kawarau and Shotover rivers.

My second time jet boating with them and it was just as much fun this time as before. Great fun drivers. All the participants have a great experience. Love spinning 360 following an advance warning. The Shotover looked different but then the water level was...More

Thank bryannaw2013
KJetQueenstown, Front Office Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We think our drivers are pretty talented too :) Hope you come out with us again on the Big Yellows. Cheers the KJet team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
SO much fun. SO exciting. We screamed and laughed.

We got on the KJet and it was exciting for me and my two friends. We're 11 and we had fun. It made us laugh and scream. It felt good. The fish in the observatory afterwards were huge and there were so many of them....More

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

Hi Imogen, thanks for your awesome review. So glad you and your friends had a good time with us on the Big Yellows! Cheers the KJet team

Reviewed 18 February 2019
A must-do in Queenstown!

I've been on this trip multiple times and have enjoyed it just as much every time! Getting to go on both the Kawarau and Shotover rivers is a huge selling point - you get all of the excitement of the narrow river and the space...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank madzsk
KJetQueenstown, Front Office Manager at KJet, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hey there! Thanks so much for your 5 star review. Two rivers, twice the fun! 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 rdreamer | Reviewed this property |
No, I don't think so. Children are aged between 5-14 years old.
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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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