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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
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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
Driver/guide
Life vests supplied
Food and drinks
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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 K Jet 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
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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4.5
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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
My 10 yr olds favourite thing on our trip
Cellena_I
, 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
star-1
Expensive
Michael_H
, 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!!!
star-4
360 spins
Isobel_S
, 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 😊
star-5
Kjet after covid
Jason_G
, 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
star-5
Enjoyed thoroughly
Christina_G
, 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.
star-5
Awesome experience
Peter_W
, 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
star-1
Not much to see, boring part of the...
Bradney_T
, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This was really enjoyable, lasted...
jamesnisbet24
, Feb 2016
This was really enjoyable, lasted for the hour and the driver really throw the boat around. However we were booked for a 5 p.m. trip but chanced going out early butte company said they were not operating a trip at our supposedly booked time so we were very lucky we chanced our luck at 3. Would suggest double checking at the pier side before you turn up to avoid being disappointed.
star-5
Like a Jetboat ride and scenic cruise...
sendit2matt
, Jan 2016
Like a Jetboat ride and scenic cruise together, it was awesome!
star-4
The staff were very prompt and...
John H
, Jan 2015
The staff were very prompt and courteous. The time on the boat was excellent which was great value for money. The departure and finish location was in the centre of Queenstown so it was very handy and no wasting time travelling. Definitely recommend

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