5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

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  • Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Just north of Queenstown, you can experience the ride of your life as you twist and turn down the Shotover River and through Skippers Canyon at high speeds. Your blood will be pumping as your jet boat maneuvers through an obstacle course of sheer cliffs and overhanging walls, fishtailing, power braking and doing 360-degree spins. Not for the faint-hearted, this is the ultimate, pure-adrenaline jet boat ride.


  • Adventure tour from Queenstown
  • Guided tour into the spectacular Skippers Canyon
  • 30 minutes of pure adrenaline as you zoom down the Shotover River in a jet boat
  • Be thrilled during trick maneuvers, including fishtails, power brakes and 360-degree spins

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What You Can Expect

Skippers Canyon and Shotover River Jet Boat Adventure

Skippers Canyon and Shotover River Jet Boat Adventure

Your adventure starts the moment you board the bus in Queenstown and travel into Skippers Canyon on the “road to riches,” so-called because it was the route taken by gold-seekers. The road has hardly changed since it was first hand-carved from the canyon’s rock walls and sheer cliffs by miners more than 140 years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy the canyon’s magnificent scenery as your driver relays the history of the region.

Tight, narrow channels, overhanging rocks and old mining relics embedded in the river make this an obstacle course like no other. Admire the scenery before you get in the boat, because as you hurtle down the river at speeds of up to 50 mph (80 kph), you won’t have time to be impressed with the beauty of Skippers Canyon.

Hold on tight as you skim the shallow, 6-inch-deep (14.4-centimeter-deep) river beds and the boat does its best to thrill you with fishtails, 360-degree spins and power brakes, leaving you exhilarated, breathless and eager for more. This is the ultimate in jet-boating.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This was a super adventure with Skippers and if I could award more stars, it would be plus five more. Excellent tour from start to finish. The bus ride was one experience with the ride into the canyon to reach the jet boat pick up point as road is so narrow and windy. Rock walls on one side and the steep drop off of a few hundred metresthe other side. Then came the jet boat adventure in Skipper's Canyon with such an experienced driver , a fast flowing river due to recent rain fall added to the excitement of the ride. I would honestly rule this my best ever jet boat ride taken and I have taken several different such rides before and truly rate Slippers a ten out of ten ..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Fantastic trip, the drive into Skippers Canyon was every bit as good as the jet boat ride itself. Amazingly dramatic and beautiful scenery, like going into a secret world. You get so much more than just a jet boat ride with this trip

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