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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

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. You’ll cover more ground in less time, and receive a complimentary entrance ticket to Queenstown's Underwater Observatory.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

Take a jet boat ride on the Shotover River during an extreme 25-minute 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.
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  • 25 minutes
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  • 25 minutes
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour

Enjoy two trips in one on this good-value jet boat tour: a guided tour of Skippers Canyon and a thrilling ride on the Shotover River. Zip up some of the narrowest canyons on the Upper Shotover, and learn about the gold mining history of the area from your knowledgeable guide on the journey there. This combined tour is ideal for history buffs and adrenaline seekers.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

A jet-boat ride, a guided nature walk and a backcountry off-road tour are the highlights of this Dart River wilderness safari from Queenstown. During this 6-hour tour with a naturalist guide, venture into Glenorchy, gateway to the World Heritage–listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and hidden valleys, you’ll twist and turn down the glacier-fed Dart River. Finish with a leisurely walk through an ancient forest to learn about the wildlife and the area’s original Maori inhabitants.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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White Water Rafting

Shotover River Rafting Trip from Queenstown

Shoot the rapids on the Shotover River on this half-day tour from Queenstown, a great choice for thrill seekers. Under the supervision of a guide, you'll brave the wild rapids, raft through the Oxenbridge Tunnel, and drop into the Cascade Rapid. Instruction and all necessary equipment (wetsuit, life jacket, spray jacket, booties, helmet) are included. Plus, a choice of morning or afternoon departure let's you fit this tour into any schedule.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Fishing Charters & Tours

3-Hour Queenstown Fishing Experience

Enjoy an authentic fishing adventure on Lake Wakatipu with this 3-hour Queenstown fishing charter. Head onto the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu and enjoy panoramic views over the spectacular mountain scenery. Pick up helpful tips from your guide and gain insight into the many different fish species thriving in the lake. Master a range of fishing techniques including jigging, spinning and trolling, and watch your line for a nibble from the trout and salmon swimming below. Haul in your catches, then either release them back or keep them for dinner!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

This full-day adventure includes a 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet boat ride on the Dart River, situated amid the untamed beauty of UNESCO-listed Mount Aspiring National Park. Travel by coach from Queenstown to Glenorchy, where you’ll speed upriver on a thrilling jet boat before climbing aboard an easy-to-handle funyak. No previous experience is necessary and you’ll paddle with several passengers in a flotilla behind your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off plus buffet lunch and all equipment are included.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Helicopter Tours

Helicopter and Shotover River Rafting Combo from Queenstown

Combine two exciting Queenstown adventures on a half-day 'helirafting' tour that explores the region by air and water. Board a helicopter for a scenic flight to the white-water rafting launch site, cruise above the rock walls and blue water of Skippers Canyon, then land on a river-side beach. Next, suit up for a challenging white-water rafting trip down the Shotover River, taking on a series of rapids that flow through high cliffs and chutes.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Hydro Attack Individual Experience in Queenstown

Dive deep into the waters of Lake Wakatipu and explode into the sky as a passenger in the thrilling Seabreacher X watercraft. Brace yourself for stunts and high speeds in this unique ‘shark machine’, one of the only ones operating commercially in the entire world. Experience exciting side-rolls, long dives and 360-degree spins in this private thrillride – each ride is one-on-one with your pilot.
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes
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Air Tours

Full-Day Milford Sound Flights, Cruise and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

A helicopter tour, 2-hour cruise, and jet boat ride all follow your scenic flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound. This day trip takes you over the Southern Alps to Glenorchy for an alpine landing en route. Follow the fiord to the Tasman Sea then motor down the Dart River and take a guided forest walk before returning to Queenstown by coach.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Kayaking & Canoeing

Milford Sound Coach, Nature Cruise and Kayak with Buffet Lunch

The glittering fjords, jagged cliffs, and cascading waterfalls of Milford Sound lie along the southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island. On this tour, experience the magnificence of the natural wonder from land and water. Journey through the Fiordland National Park in a glass-roofed coach, spot wildlife on a lunch cruise around the fjord, visit the Underwater Observatory, and go kayaking around Harrison Cove.
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  • 14 hours 30 minutes
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  • 14 hours 30 minutes
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

Skippers Canyon Rafting and Sightseeing Trip

Enjoy wet and wild adventure in Skippers Canyon on this 4.5-hour Queenstown rafting and sightseeing adventure. Take a scenic drive into Skippers Canyon as a guide sheds light on the region’s rich gold-mining heritage. On arrival at base, strap into your safety kit and paddle onto the Shotover River’s swirling Class I and II rapids. During your descent, tackle the river’s swirling twists and turns with a guide and enjoy sweeping views over New Zealand’s beautiful countryside. Then, finish your adventure with a swim or a rock-jump.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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White Water Rafting

Kawarau River Rafting from Queenstown

Shoot the grade II and III rapids on the Kawarau River with a guide on this half-day tour from Queenstown. Even beginners will feel safe and comfortable with expert supervision and instruction, as well as all provided equipment included. Take a swim through a rapid, jump off a cliff, and learn about the natural environment on this family-friendly trip that includes plenty of calm spots for splashing and floating.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Kayaking & Canoeing

Milford Sound Scenic Flight with Cruise and Kayak Tour

There are two ways to truly appreciate Milford Sound’s spectacular beauty—from the air, and from the water. On this tour, reach remote Milford Sound swiftly with return flights from Queenstown included—and save hours on the long coach journey. Take to the calm waters on a scenic cruise, then kayak though pretty Harrison Cove with your guide. With all travel logistics covered, experience the very best Milford Sound has to offer.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Ziplines

Zipline with Dart River Jet Combo Tour from Queenstown

Enjoy a day of outdoor adventures while visiting Queenstown by opting for this Zipline with Dart River Jet Combo Tour. By choosing a zipline experience—you’ll be able to enjoy an aerial tour of Queenstown and see the area’s beauty from a new vantage point. If you haven’t done ziplining before, there are ziplines for all experience levels. You’ll be able to see movie locations from Lord of the Rings and enjoy the incredible natural beauty. After you’ve experience zip lining, you can enjoy your dart river jet experience too.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: Queenstown Airport to Hotel by Jet Boat

Make a splash into Queenstown with a one-of-a-kind arrival transfer on a private jet-boat ride down the Kawarau River and over Lake Wakatipu. Step out of the airport and onto a jet boat that brings you straight to the Queenstown dock, where you’re escorted on foot or by coach to your accommodation. En route, hold tight as the captain expertly maneuvers the jet boat with 360-degree spins on a zippy ride over the water, including views of the Remarkables mountain range.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Fishing Charters & Tours

Guided Fly Fishing Trip from Queenstown

Go fly fishing in New Zealand with an experienced local fishing guide on this private full-day tour from Queenstown or Wanaka. Fish for wild brown or rainbow trout in a spectacular location tailored to your interests and level of experience. Expect to walk in the wilderness for a few miles to reach the fishing spots. Your guide provides instruction and tips to help you make the most of your day.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Kayaking & Canoeing

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Kayak Kinloch Lunch Trip

Explore the head of Lake Wakatipu and its nearby shoreline with the help of an experienced kayak guide. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown and escape the mundanities of daily life, paddling atop stunning blue glacial waters against a backdrop of the mighty and scenic Southern Alps.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Goldfields Jet Boat Ride from Cromwell

The Kawarau River runs from Queenstown to Cromwell a short drive east and is renowned for its white-water rapids… and for the extreme sports available all around the river. On this high-velocity jetboat ride, take to the river at Cromwell and speed between the sheer cliffs of Kawarau Gorge. Experience the thrills of riding a jetboat down the river, powering through rapids and doing high-speed 360-degree spins.
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  • 40 minutes
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  • 40 minutes
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Flyboarding

Extreme Flyboarding from Queenstown

Satisfy your quest for adrenaline in Queenstown! Fly like a superhero and swim like a dolphin with a 45-minute Flyboard adventure. Strap on your jet-propelled equipment and take instruction from a professional guide during a private lesson, then shoot up 30 feet (9 meters) into the air and dive back underwater. Upgrade for more time to learn additional tricks. Wetsuit, life vest, helmet and towel included.
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  • 45 minutes
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  • 45 minutes
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing

1 Hour Guided Self-Drive Jet Ski Tour from Queenstown Bay

You don’t need a license or even experience to get behind the controls of a jet-ski on this exciting sightseeing adventure around Lake Wakatipu. With handy instruction from your experienced guides, learn how to drive a jet-ski and then head onto the water for roughly an hour of exploring the nooks and crannies of this mighty lake. Visit hidden bays and hard-to-access coastlines, with dramatic Queenstown scenery in the background.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Queenstown Wilderness and Jet Boat Tour

If your ideal sightseeing trip includes beautiful mountain scenery with an adrenaline rush, then this tour is for you. Zoom up the Dart River on a jet boat, and stop to take a walk in the peaceful forest. Change gears and enjoy the convenience of being driven to other important cultural and natural attractions in the area, such as historic Arrowtown and spectacular Glenorchy. Receive personalized attention on a private tour.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Other Water Sports

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25 minutes of pure ADRENALINE - GOLDFIELDS JET

As the sole operator on the lower end of the Kawarau Gorge, you enter the best of both worlds during your 25 minute adrenaline rush, navigate the shallow, braided waters of the Bannockburn arm before heading up stream through the narrow Kawarau Gorge to the base of the Staircase Rapids. Our nimble 13 - 17 seat boats ensures you feel it all with purpose built big block V8s packing over 550 horse power combined with multiple full 360 spins, you wont look anywhere else. Experience the best!
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  • 25 minutes
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  • 25 minutes
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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Bike, lunch, kayak and boat package

Cycle along the stunning road between Glenorchy and Kinloch Lodge for 26kms, working up an appetite for lunch! The road is mostly flat, with one steeper section, and takes you across the Rees and Dart valleys. Enjoy kayaking on Lake Wakatipu for a more relaxing way to enjoy the view before getting the boat back to Glenorchy.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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