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  2. Otago
  3. Queenstown
  4. Shotover River

Shotover River: 1.5-Hour Jet Boat Experience with Transfers

Product ID: 109951
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.
About this activity
Duration: 1.45 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
  • Benefit from a courtesy shuttle bus departing downtown Queenstown
  • 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 breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons. Located less than 10-minutes drive from Queenstown.

Self-drive or climb aboard the courtesy shuttle bus in downtown Queenstown. A short ride 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.
  • Courtesy transfers from Queenstown
  • 25-minute jet boat ride
  • Life jackets
  • Spray jackets
  • Optional eyewear/goggles
  • Heated handrails and buffs during winter
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Courtesy coach: check in at the Shotover desk inside the Station Building (Corner of Shotover & Camp street) 45 minutes prior to trip time.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children height restrictions apply: must be a minimum height of 1 meter tall. All children must be accompanied by a fare paying adult
• Please note this height may be changed to 1.2 meters if operating in high river conditions, to ensure maximum passenger safety
• Please 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 hand rails on the jet boats are heated) are strongly recommended
• Onsite facilities include parking, retail, cafe, toilets, secure lockers and viewing areas
• For safety reasons the only cameras allowed on board Shotover Jet are forehead mounted hands free Go Pro or similar. Any other cameras or phones are not permitted to be carried aboard the Jet boats
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 49 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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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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January 3, 2020

Great Experience! It was my favourite activity in Queenstown. (Even better than Skydive and Bungy!) I was visiting Queenstown with a friend and we loved the jet boat ride. It’s definitely a “must do” in New Zealand. Even if pricing is pretty high, I think it was worth every cent and I would do it again. Thank you for the great experience!

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November 3, 2019

Buzzing the cliffs, and 360 spins. It was just giddy fun!

February 7, 2020

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Product ID: 109951