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  1. New Zealand
  2. Otago
  3. Queenstown
  4. Shotover River

Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

Product ID: 61222
Take an exhilarating 1-hour jet boat ride across Lake Wakatipu and head down the Shotover and Kawarau rivers. Get an adrenaline rush as you take 360° spins and travel at high speed through the shallow channels of the Shotover River.
About this activity
Duration: 1 - 4.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Embark on a thrilling jet boat ride with 360-degree spins
  • Speed across Lake Wakatipu and the Shotover and Kawarau rivers
  • Benefit from a convenient departure point in the heart of Queenstown
  • Enjoy a perfect all-weather activity with heated handrails and spray jackets provided
  • Combine this tour with an optional wine tasting experience
Full description
Get an adrenaline rush on a 1-hour jet boat ride, operated by the world’s first commercial jet boat company. Take in stunning views of the Remarkable Mountains and journey up 2 of South Island’s most iconic rivers. 

Depart from the heart of Queenstown, and climb aboard the big yellow jet boat at the Main Town Pier. Hold on tight as you accelerate across the water and feel the exhilaration of a high-powered twin-engine boat that powers across Lake Wakatipu. Experience the twists and spins as you enter the Kawarau River and race past rocks and under bridges at speeds of up to 95 kilometers per hour. 

Grip the heated handrails and experience 360° spins while you speed up the shallow channels of the Shotover River. After 45 kilometers of pure adrenaline, return to the pier and purchase photos and videos from your trip.

There is also the option to add on a half-day wine tour to this tour, giving you the chance to experience world-class Central Otago wine and food. You’ll be able to enjoy wine tasting and presentations at 3 wineries, including one larger well-known winery and two boutique wineries. Lunch is included with this option. If you would like to upgrade to the Jet Boat and Wine Tour with lunch please choose the appropriate option below.
  • 1-hour jet boat ride
  • Life jacket and spray jacket
  • Safety briefing
  • Upgrade to the jet boat and wine tour (if option selected)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The jet boats rides operate rain or shine, 365 days a year
• Stay warm during the winter months with heated handrails
• You are welcome to bring your own camera or GoPro. Be sure to hold it tight
• There are no height restrictions
• The minimum age is 2 years old, but children must be able to fit into the smallest life jacket
• Dress for the weather conditions, and remember that you will be traveling at high speeds
• Bring sunglasses (or goggles in winter), sunscreen, and hats and gloves in the winter months
• Every jet boat ride is professionally photographed and filmed. You can view and purchase your footage on the day
• Pickup can be arranged from Frankton Marina and various lakefront hotels with prior arrangement (subject to availability)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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The ride was just awesome. We had a driver that was very motivated and had fun himself. I also did the 1 hour Go Orange trip, but this one is much nicer. I like that you get to see the two different rivers, but not too much so that it would be boring after a while. If you have to decide between the different offers on riding a jet boat in Queenstown go for this one!

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November 4, 2019

Good, but...

the tour was carried out with two boats. The other bot has a defect at the reversal point. This led us to stop so that our driver could help. In total, we spent about 15 minutes waiting. Then the return trip is very quick - the next tour was already waiting. The waiting time could have been hit ?!

December 31, 2018

March 2, 2020

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Product ID: 61222