Queenstown
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Our most recommended Queenstown Speed & Jet Boat Tours

  • 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.

    Fun, quick time filler with easy access fron Queenstown wharf. Really friendly workers and driver

  • Queenstown 25-Min or 1-Hour Kawarau River Jet Boat Adventure

    2. Queenstown 25-Min or 1-Hour Kawarau River Jet Boat Adventure

    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 and spray 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.

    Awesome experience, wanted to go back for more but unfortunately time did not allow it.

  • Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

    3. 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 bo...

    Best day out, drive down the canyon was amazing along with the jet boat ride was such a great experience!!!! 10/10

  • Queenstown: Half-Day Dart River Jet Boat & Paradise Tour

    4. Queenstown: Half-Day Dart River Jet Boat & Paradise Tour

    Discover breathtaking World Heritage scenery, exhilarating wilderness, thrilling jet boating, and Maori heritage on a half-day adventure. Travel deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River. Throughout the day, your experienced guides will add a personal touch, sharing the area’s history, the Greenstone trail, and Maori legends.  Your half-day adventure begins with a courtesy transfer to Glenorchy from Queenstown. Admire lakeside scenery as your local driver shares entertaining commentary about Lake Wakatipu and its legends. The spectacular 46-kilometer drive is considered one of the world’s top 10 scenic drives. Arrive at the Dart River visitor centre and be equipped with everything you need for your jet boat experience. Climb aboard and discover a unique combination of breathtaking scenery matched with th...

    We had a fabulous day on the waters of Dart River. The guide was fantastic, safety conscious and full of information. Couldn’t have been better!

  • Queenstown: Kawarau River Rafting and Jet Boat Ride

    5. Queenstown: Kawarau River Rafting and Jet Boat Ride

    Raft the Kawarau River, perhaps better known as the River Anduin in Lord of the Rings, for a great half-day activity in Queenstown This is a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting for first-timers. There will be plenty of rapids action plus time to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Catch the free shuttle from the centre of town out to the raft base where you will be fitted out with all your gear. From there, head back into the heart of Queenstown to catch your jet boat transfer. Take on the beginning 22 km of the Kawarau river at 95 km/h with thrilling 360-degree spins as you arrive at the rafting station. Your rafting adventure covers 8-kilometers of the river. Take on grade 2-3 rapids and perhaps the occasional grade 2-4 rapid, when there are higher water levels. These are usually easier to navigate and there is less risk of falling out. Enjoy flat stretches of river be...

    Fantastic rafting experience, great guide, although they were light hearted they all knew what they were doing. Good briefing great fun, jet boat was good but the rafting was brilliant

  • Queenstown: Dart River Canoe, Jet Boat & Paradise Day Trip

    6. Queenstown: Dart River Canoe, Jet Boat & Paradise Day Trip

    Combine wilderness jet boating with unique ‘Funyak’ inflatable canoes for a fun way to explore the Dart River located in the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. Your full-day adventure begins with a courtesy transfer to Glenorchy from Queenstown.  Admire lakeside scenery as your local driver shares entertaining commentary about Lake Wakatipu and its legends. The spectacular 46-kilometer drive is considered one of the world’s top 10 scenic drives. Meet your friendly, experienced guides at the Dart River visitor center who will kit you out with all the equipment you’ll need for the day. Enjoy 1-hour of high-speed wilderness jet boating through the clear waters of the Dart River into the Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area and your Funyak launch site.  Start your paddle, soaking in the tranquillity as you float downstream on sparkling water. Explore hidden side streams, r...

    Very professionally run. Good to have an activity where you do a bit of work - in this case in a stunning location.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 84 reviews

Highly recommend this activity to all travelling to Queenstown. Thoroughly enjoyed our hour out on the water!

Fun, quick time filler with easy access fron Queenstown wharf. Really friendly workers and driver

Awesome experience, wanted to go back for more but unfortunately time did not allow it.

Informative guide and Spectacular view in the canyon, one must not missed.

My grandson LOVED this trip. He wanted to go again. Highly recommended.