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Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

1. Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

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 see photos and videos from your trip.

Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

2. Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

Enjoy a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon followed by a thrilling jet boat ride through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River! Take on the only jet boat ride where you experience the historic gold mining relics that still remain in the river and Lord of the Rings locations.  Meet your friendly driver in central Queenstown and head up into historic Skippers Canyon. Enjoy live on-board commentary from your knowledgeable driver and marvel at the stunning scenery. Journey through a land rich in gold mining history and breathtaking views via the infamous Skippers Canyon Road, hand-carved out of the vertical rock face over 120 years ago.  Upon arrival to the Shotover River, you will be provided with a life jacket and warm gloves. Feel your adrenaline surge as you power deep into Skippers Canyon through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River. Highly skilled jet boat drivers maneuver the boat just inches from the sheer canyon walls. Your excitement levels will be sky high with speeds in excess of 80kph and a series of full 360° spins. After your ride, your driver will take you back to the jet boat base to view footage from your ride before the trip back to Queenstown through the breathtaking canyon!

Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

3. Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

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.

Queenstown: Shotover Canyon Giant Rope Swing

4. Queenstown: Shotover Canyon Giant Rope Swing

Feel an adrenaline rush like no other as you jump off a 109-meter (357-foot) high cliff, experience a 60-meter (197-foot) free fall, then swing over 200 meters (656 feet) out into the stunning Shotover Canyon. Take the leap with the help of your expert jump-masters, who will bring you back to the platform after your swing. Start your adventure checking in with the local partner's crew at the central meeting point in Queenstown. Then, take a 15-minute drive out to the stunning Shotover Canyon. After a short briefing, get helped into your harness and choose your jump style: forwards, backwards, upside down, flips, or even off on the chair! Fling yourself off the platform edge and delight in a thrilling experience. Once your swing is over, check out your photos and videos and decide if you would like to purchases them to show off to your friends. Finally, the local partner's team will drop you back in town at the original meeting point.

Queenstown: Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour at 3 Locations

5. Queenstown: Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour at 3 Locations

Experience the very best of Queenstown’s renowned wineries and restaurants by night on the region’s first progressive dinner tour. Start your evening with a scenic drive out to wine country for your stunning wine tasting and entree overlooking the vines. Take a drive through the historic gold rush town of Arrowtown and experience a delicious main paired with a perfect wine to match. Wrap up your night with a decadent dessert in the heart of Queenstown and enjoy an after-dinner digestif by a roaring log fire.

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What people are saying about Shotover River

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 240 reviews

Bus transfer had amazing scenery, fun local knowledge commentary, fantastic jet boat ride. Whole trip was great value. Would definitely recommend.

Adam, our tour guide, was amazing and the way he could manoeuvre the boat was incredible. It was an awesome fun and informative activity

We'll definitely come back again. It was fun and very enjoyable. Great experience and would highly recommend everyone to try it

It was a great experience getting views from the lake. The Guide was exceptional with his explanations.

Was an amazing drive to the jet boat, the guide was extremely knowledgeable and the views breathtaking