Water activity

Queenstown: Kawarau River Jet Boat Adventure

4.7 / 5

57 reviews

Activity provider: RealNZ
Water activity

Queenstown: Kawarau River Jet Boat Adventure

Activity provider: RealNZ

From US$ 61.95 per person

Departing from the town centre, go on a thrilling jet boat adventure across Lake Wakatipu and along the historic Kawarau River. Travel 47 km up the beautifully scenic river, be thrilled by 360-degree spins and exciting speeds of up to 95 km/hr.

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Duration 25 minutes - 1 hour
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Live tour guide


  • Enjoy Queenstown’s unspoiled wilderness from the water
  • Take on a full hour of thrilling action or enjoy a taste on a shorter 25-minute trip
  • Experience exhilarating 360-degree spins and speeds of up to 95 km/hr
Full description
Discover Queenstown’s untouched and pristine wilderness during an authentic jet boat adventure across Lake Wakatipu and along the historic Kawarau River. Choose from a 25-minute or 1-hour experience and spend more time on the water with a convenient departure right from the heart of Queenstown. Depart from Thunder Bay next to Steamer Wharf in the heart of Queenstown and travel far up the Kawarau River, covering a distance of 47 km. Along the way, listen to interesting commentary from your experienced driver. After getting equipped with a life jacket, climb on board and experience exhilarating 360-degree spins, skimming the water at speeds of up to 95 km/hour.  Then, travel down the river where it is calmest, even when the lake is rough. Take your camera along to capture the stunning scenery of your jet boat experience with frequent photo opportunities.
  • 25-minute or 1-hour jet boat experience (depending on option selected)
  • Life Jacket
  • Live commentary in English
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • There are plenty of stops for photos - you can bring your camera at your own risk
  • There will be a locker for you to store your valuables during the experience
  • All trips require minimum numbers to operate within health and safety guidelines
  • Jet boating is a great family activity and there are no height restrictions, so the whole family can join in
  • Jet boating is not recommended if you are pregnant
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 57 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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Great fun, exhilarating. Skilful pilot.

February 23, 2023

Location, locations, location. We were placed in the center of the boat. If you get motion sick & don’t want to get wet. This is the perfect seats. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the experience I was expecting or hoping for. People around us really enjoyed themselves. My advice, don’t let them seat you in the middle of the boat unless staying dry and lack of much excitement if that’s what you want.

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February 4, 2023

The experience was breathtaking and the staff are very friendly

January 15, 2023

Product ID: 170394