Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

4.9 / 5

72 reviews

Activity provider: Shotover Jet

Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

Activity provider: Shotover Jet

From US$ 86.49 per person

Embark on the original jet boat ride on the Shotover River. Prepare for wall-to-wall action with high speed and thrilling 360-degree spins. Includes transportation from Queenstown.

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Duration 25 minutes - 1.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a uniquely breathtaking white-water ride on the Shotover River
  • Skim along the river at high speed, fishtailing into 360-degree spins
  • Hold on tight as the captain manoeuvres over rapids and through narrow canyons
  • Join the only company permitted to operate in the iconic Shotover Canyons
Full description

Take on the ultimate jet boat experience on the Shotover River for a breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, located less than a 10-minutes drive from Queenstown. A short drive from Queenstown will have you at the shores of the Shotover River. Meet your experienced guide and gear up for your high-speed jet boat ride.

Hold on tight as the driver expertly navigates the jet boat over white-water rapids and squeezes through the narrow walls of the Shotover Canyon. Speed past rocky outcrops, skim around boulders, and zip through the dramatic and narrow canyons as its walls tower above you. After 25 thrilling minutes, return to the jet base and relax on the shuttle transfer back to Queenstown.

  • 25-minute jet boat ride
  • Life jackets
  • Heated handrails and buffs during winter
  • Photos and videos (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses

Not allowed

  • Cellphones

Know before you go

  • Children must be a minimum height of 1 meter tall must be accompanied by a fare-paying adult; this height may be changed to 1.2 meters if operating in high river conditions
  • Contact the tour operator if you are pregnant or have any medical conditions including back or neck problems
  • Life jackets are mandatory and are supplied, along with optional splash coats
  • Eyewear recommended all year round
  • Dress warmly in winter – warm clothes, jacket, hat and gloves (although handrails on the jet boats are heated) are strongly recommended
  • Onsite facilities include parking, gift shop, cafe, toilets, secure lockers and viewing areas
  • Only cameras allowed on board are forehead mounted hands-free GoPro or similar; any other cameras or phones are not permitted to be carried aboard
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 72 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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The jet boat experience was amazing and would highly recommend. Only reason for 4 stars was the lack of communication around the shuttle service. No mention of the need to pre-book in advance in any of the communications and left us needing to get our own transport out of town adding time and $$ we hadn't planned for. At the check-in desk it was mentioned we should have booked direct to get the shuttle, why offer the sale through a 3rd party then? it just dampened the mood a little to start the day but finished off with a bang after the ride.

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March 23, 2023

The ride was great and full of adrenaline. wish they would have advised to wear beanie and face cover as the winter wind to blast your face and it was painful, the face warmer provided didn’t cut. Also, although the company has their pick up service with their own vehicle, I wasn’t offered this and the cost of taxi there and back was dear.

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March 23, 2023

This is an activity definitely worth doing while in Queenstown. It's quite short in duration (25 minutes I think), but with lots of adrenaline while the driver was going nearby all the possible rocks and doing 360 degrees turns. They are giving you a waterproof coat in order to not wet your clothes. You can then stay on the river beach and watch other boats passing by in speed. I would definitely advise you to book a hotel transfer too, as the taxi is quite expensive for such a long distance.

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 109951