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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour

  • Experience a two-for-one trip that combines excitement and learning

  • Enjoy year-round departures

  • Depart from central Queenstown and travel along the infamous Skippers Road

Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour
From US$110.60
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Enjoy two trips in one on this good-value jet boat tour: a guided tour of Skippers Canyon and a thrilling ride on the Shotover River. Zip up some of the narrowest canyons on the Upper Shotover, and learn about the gold mining history of the area from your knowledgeable guide on the journey there. This combined tour is ideal for history buffs and adrenaline seekers.

What to Expect
  • Trips depart from outside the Station Building on the corner of Shotover and Camp Streets in the center of Queenstown.
  • 3hr round trip including return transport into Skippers Canyon on the infamous Skippers Road and a thrilling jet boat ride in the dramatic canyons of the upper Shotover River.
  • Enjoy commentary from our knowledgeable drivers on the scenic drive in.
  • Blast through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River and feel the adrenaline surge during the 360 spins.
  • Summer deaprtures (October - April): 8.30am, 12pm and 3.30pm.
  • Winter departures (May - September): 9am and 1pm.
  • This is Queenstown's best value jet boat tour with the inclusion of the scenic drive into the canyon plus the jet boat.
  • Two trips in one!
Reviews (106)
1 - 5 of 106 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great jetboat ride

We chose Skipper's for the bus ride out to the river, which is spectacular in itself. The staff were all friendly and our bus driver Robbie was a pleasure and very knowledgeable. The jet boat part was also great and afforded spectacular scenery. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shaun R
Reviewed 1 week ago
Makes a big difference which bus driver you get

Unfortunately we didn't get the funny one mentioned so often here. Ours was Dave. He was fine, but bare minimum. Kept us safe. REALLY didn't like it that someone ate on his bus. The bus ride is fairly long relative to the boat ride. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tyegator
Reviewed 1 week ago
Best value for your money!

There are many jet boat operations around Queenstown, but this one I can highly recommend! They take the time to give you a tour and history of the area on the bus transport to the river making it more of a lasting memory. The jet...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kfrye128
Reviewed 1 week ago
A trip well worth the time in queenstown

Going by bus on skippers road plus the jet boat ride through skippers canyon on shotover river is pure fun and absolutely worth the time spent. The whole trip takes you for around 1 hour one-way over skippers road with stunning views and a marvelous...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank udochrist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fabulous jet boat tour with very scenic drive! A MUST do tour!

This is definitely the jet boat tour to choose if you have 3 hours to spare. Not only do you get an exhilarating jet boat ride though the canyons but you also get to experience a drive through countryside that isn’t accessible to tourists on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank viagray
SkippersJet, Director of Sales at Skippers Canyon Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your awesome review and for recommending Skippers Canyon Jet over other jet boats in town!

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16 August 2018|
Response from Jared D | Reviewed this property |
It is a 3 hour return trip from Queenstown. November is in the summer so the sun sets around 9 pm so there will be plenty of light on both tours.
29 July 2018|
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Response from Ferrousso | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Michael. After I’ve visited the webpage, I guess my trip was “Jet Boat Tour”, not the “scenic....”. Since, firstly, it was not a half day trip, and, secondary, we didn’t have “Winky museum”, “Sainsbury Gold Claim” and... More