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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride

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icon25 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Take a jet boat ride on the Shotover River during an extreme ride, and make use of transport from Queenstown. Experience adrenaline-fueled fun as the jet boat skims the water’s surface at high speed and fishtails into 360-degree spins. Hold on tight as the captain maneuvers the jet boat over rapids and through narrow canyons during one heart-pounding adventure you won’t soon forget.
  • Shotover River jet boat adventure from Queenstown
  • Feel a rush of adrenaline as you power down the river at top speeds
  • Experience fun 360-degree spins and fishtails
  • Multiple tours throughout the day to conveniently fit into your schedule
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Jet boat ride
Complimentary Shuttle from Queenstown (Hourly trips excluding 1pm trip - reservations required)
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
3 Arthurs Point Road , 3 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand

Self-drive to our Arthurs Point river base - check-in 30 minutes prior. For all hourly trips (except 1pm), we provide a free shuttle from The Station Building, Queenstown. Check-in 45 minutes prior to your trip time at our desk inside (Reservations required)

This activity will end right where it started.
At your chosen time, hop aboard a complimentary shuttle bus in downtown Queenstown, New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital.’ After a short ride through New Zealand’s once-thriving gold country, arrive on the shores of the Shotover River to embark on 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 canyon walls of the Shotover. Pass sheer cliffs and rocky outcrops, then feel your adrenaline pumping as the boat makes trick maneuvers, twists, and turns. Once back on firm ground, relax on the shuttle transfer back to Queenstown. Souvenir photos are available to purchase.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 5 years and child must be at least 3 feet (1 meter) in height; dependent on water conditions, the operator reserves the right to increase the minimum height to 4 feet (1.2 meters)
  • Lifejackets are provided
  • Please allow 1.5 hours for return trip from Queenstown if taking shuttle bus
  • Locker facilities available for personal belongings
  • Check-in is 30 min prior to jet boat ride departure
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Shotover Jet Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "One thing to be aware of is to think carefully if you have a back problem as it can be pretty bumpy." See review
  • "By far the better jet boat, worth paying the extra." See review


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Shooting the Shotover
, Dec 2021
I had no idea what to expect and was a bit worried to be doing it by myself. But when arriving the staff were super friendly, professional and put me at ease. Had a blast, felt safe and really enjoyed the whole experience. The driver was exceptional😊😊👏👏👏
Thrilling ride
, Jul 2021
Always such an awesome experience, we have never done this in warm weather so suckers for punishment for how cold it is but would do it over & over again.
, May 2021
Enjoyed every moment was still buzzing after. By far the better jet boat, worth paying the extra. The canyons make this experience unique compared to the other jet boats. Our driver Nardia was awesome so enthusiastic and we felt safe in her expert hands. I will definitely recommend the Shotover to friends and family. We will be back but will include the swing next time. Thank you :)
Ride of our lives
, Feb 2021
Had the ride of our lives, enjoyed every moment. Our driver was friendly, informative and entertaining. Would highly recommend this trip
Thrilling experience on the Shotover River
, Apr 2020
Great experience on the Shooter River Extreme Jet Boat. This is a smooth running operation. We checked in, were outfitted and on our boat in now time. Thrilling experience shooting up and down the river, close to cliffs and rocks that were jetting out of the water. Pretty amazing to see the agility of these boats and the skill of the drivers... all with a few 360 degree spins every once in a while. I would definitely recommend it. We also purchased the video. Great mix of stock video with our actual boat ride video intermixed. It was reasonable and something we've watched many times since.
, Mar 2020
What a blast! So happy we made it! The location was amazing and easy to get to. The staff was wonderful. SOOO much fun!
, Feb 2020
Brilliant experience in a fantastic location. Organisation spot on. One thing to be aware of is to think carefully if you have a back problem as it can be pretty bumpy.
, Feb 2020
Awesome experience!! I would do it again anytime. SO MUCH FUN!! You can’t come to Queenstown and not do the Jet Boats.
Fun on Shotover River
, Feb 2020
This tour is tons of fun. I was impressed with our captains boating abilities. Don’t want to give spoilers but I did check boat after for scratches😜
Fun nature adventure
, Feb 2020
Very fun! Crew made you feel safe! If the weather is beautiful this is a must! Great way to be close to nature in an entrar aiming way!

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