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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

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Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers
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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Experience heart-racing fun on an exhilarating Queenstown jet-boat ride. The expert captain races across Lake Wakatipu, navigates tricky turns on the Kawarau River and speeds through the milky waters of the Shotover River. Grab hold of your seat as the jet boat makes 360-degree spins and fishtails on a rollercoaster ride over the water.
  • 1-hour jet-boat ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River and Shotover River, from Queenstown
  • Zip around the scenic waterways of Queenstown on a thrilling high-speed jet boat adventure
  • Hold on as your expert driver spins the boat in 360-degree circles and fish-tails on the water
  • Take in stunning views of the Remarkables mountain range and local life on the waterways
  • Choose from multiple tours throughout the day to suit your schedule
  • Includes safety briefing and all safety gear
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1-hour jet boat ride
Life vests supplied
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
KJet Queenstown , Main Town Pier, Marine Parade, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand

Please check in at the Main Town Pier 15 minutes before your scheduled Jet Boat departure.

This activity will end right where it started.
Roar across Lake Wakatipu and down the Kawarau and Shotover rivers on a 1-hour adrenaline-pumping jet-boat adventure, departing from the main pier in central Queenstown. After you receive wet-weather gear, a life jacket and a safety briefing, hold on for the 27-mile (45-km) jet-boat ride down some of New Zealand’s most scenic waterways.

First, zoom across pristine Lake Wakatipu and look up at the majestic Remarkables mountain range. From the mouth of the Kawarau River, glide past the Kawarau Dam and prepare for 360-degree spins before your driver expertly navigates the fast-moving currents of the narrow channels of the Shotover River, gaining speeds up to 59 mph (95 kph) in shallow water.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 2 years
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, jacket and sun protection
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Caregivers are required to assist drivers with carrying any disabled passengers down the stairs and on to the Jet boat. When carrying larger numbers, at least one caregiver must travel on the boat.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 140 travelers
  • OPERATED BY KJet Queenstown
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers.
What is the social distancing policy during Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Queenstown 60-minute Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers.

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Don’t miss this!
, Jul 2022
We ended up jumping on board because we had time to fill, and we all had such a blast I can’t believe it wasn’t our first choice of activities. Wickedly fun, lovely scenery, knowledgeable kind driver.
Exhilaration at its best
, Jul 2022
Adam made the experience fun and exhilarating. He took the time to explain what he was going to do, allowed for photo opportunities and provided everyone with a fantastic ride. We will definitely be back to do this again.
Truely awesomeness
, Jul 2022
Our driver Liam was entertaining friendly and knowledgeable he was also a brilliant driver we had a wonderful experience
Jet boating
, Jul 2022
Really fun experience! Great way to see the beautiful views of Queenstown and the mountains. Kids loved it!
Enjoyable boat ride
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed the beautiful scenery, and we had a fun driver. The heated hand rails were a welcome touch on a cold day. Son loved it, especially the spins.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
The handrails are such a nice touch on a cold winters day. Plenty of spins add to the excitement , the children love it !
Fun on the water
, May 2022
Great knowledge of the driver. Was alot of fun Exilerating. Great safety instructions felt it was great value for money. Highly recommend the experience.
The description of how...
, Apr 2022
The description of how the river flow had changed during the morning while we were out as a result of overnight rain
Awesome experience
, Apr 2022
Great fun Professional outfit Easy to access Value for money Would recommend this experience to everyone. A must when you visit Queenstown.
, Mar 2022
Highlight of our trip! Was such an awesome way to see the beautiful views and the excitement of the spins was 10/10! We all raved about it and will definitely do again!
, Jan 2022
Queenstown always love the views The weather was amazing too First time for the kids , they loved it
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for you review, the weather was amazing this weekend. Happy to hear that your family loved KJet. We have epic views on our trips. Hope you managed to get a few splashes from our famous 360 spins :)
Great value for money
, Jan 2022
This was a great value fun exciting exhilarating 50 minutes Lots of spins Everyone loved it Great attraction right in Queenstown
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks John Glad you loved our famous 360 spins & our 360 views, so handy been located in the heart of town.
Definitely worth the...
, Jan 2022
Definitely worth the money!! 10/10 recommend. Would do it again in a heartbeat! Pilots are great too and know what they’re doing
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Fantastic another 10/10 review, glad that you would come out again with us. We look forward to welcoming you back for another KJet spin!
Awesome staff awesome ride
, Jan 2022
Had an awesome experience our captain was very skilled and had a lot of knowledge on the surroundings of Queenstown , throughly enjoyed will definitely recommend
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for the recommendation, we love that you had a fantastic experience with our team. All our Jet boat drivers love talking about the local areas and sharing there knowledge with you all,
My 10 yr olds favourite thing on our trip
, Jul 2021
The best time!!! Everyone has to do this!! Driver was awesome and so was the experience...the family loved it :)
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Love this review, 'Best Time' 'Everyone has to do it' ! We agree with you and of course we hope you loved your free digital photos. # memories
, Aug 2020
The ride is great, sadly buying through VIATOR was $25 per person more expensive than just buying in Queenstown. So I feel ripped off!!!
360 spins
, Jul 2020
I had a fantastic time and I am definitely going to do this again. However, I just hope next time I do it that’s it’s not raining and it’s a beautiful day so I can see more views. The pilot was excellent and made it fun for all. I look forward to seeing them all next time 😊
Kjet after covid
, Jun 2020
Great time with plenty of grins. Knowledgeable and good humoured guide. Recommended for most age groups.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thanks so much for leaving 5 stars for the Big Yellows! Cheers The KJet team
Enjoyed thoroughly
, Mar 2020
All of the people involved with the experience were awesome—from checking in, to making sure our valuables were stored to, to the entire boat trip. They were both professional, helpful, and fun to be with.
Awesome experience
, Jun 2019
Well it was absolutely freezing .. 3 degrees Celsius at ten am but the ride was awesome .. thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.. thanks guys
Not much to see, boring part of the...
, Oct 2017
Not much to see, boring part of the river. Lots of gratuitous 360 spins maybe the kids like this but annoying for an adult A poor value in my opinion. The same price in the US gets me a jet boat ride on the Columbia River for the whole day ! The other jet boat outfit does a more scenic part of the river. Go with them or skip this all together.
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