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Access remote wilderness areas on this Queenstown jet-boat tour across Lake Wakatipu and down the Kawarau River. The high-speed 1-hour ride is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping as your expert driver maneuvers into 360-degree spins, performs fishtail turns and navigates between narrow canyon walls. Snap photos of your scenic surroundings, including the Remarkables mountain range, and watch bungy jumpers plunge from the Kawarau Bridge. You have several tour times to choose from throughout the day.

Highlights

  • 1-hour jet boat ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River
  • Take in the scenic surroundings of the lake and bay
  • Admire views of the Queenstown waterfront, the Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Kawarau Falls Dam
  • Enjoy the excitement of high-speed turns, 360 degree spins, shallow water and sheer power

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Not only do you get to soak up the natural beauty of the lake and remote waterways around Queenstown, but you'll laugh and shriek with delight during the speedy boat ride.

What You Can Expect

Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

Jet boat ride from Queenstown

This exhilarating jet-boat ride from Queenstown covers 29 miles (47 km) of waterways at speeds up to 60 mph (95 kph). Make your way to the jet boat base at the downtown pier and board the powerful vessel for a 1-hour narrated tour across Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River. 

After a safety briefing given by your driver-guide, snap on your provided life jacket over any wet-weather gear. Once you pull away from the Queenstown waterfront and race across Lake Wakatipu, admire stunning views of Queenstown Bay, the Remarkables mountain range, Cecil Peak and Kelvin Peninsula. Listen to commentary on regional history, geology and wildlife as the jet boat skims across the shimmering cobalt waters of New Zealand’s longest lake. 

You’ll zoom under the Kawarau Bridge and navigate through narrow passageways of the Kawarau River. Designed to soar across shallow water and perform tight turns, the jet boat grants you unrivaled access to the stunning wilderness beyond the Kawarau Dam. Hold on tight as your driver maneuvers the jet boat into 360-degree spins, fishtails and long slides that kick up sheets of spray. 

Your jet-boat ride ends back at the dock in Queenstown, where you can purchase photos of your adventure.

Customer Reviews

Bob M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a great time on this adventure. The ride was about an hour with beautiful scenery and exciting speeds and turns. We always felt safe but the ride was an adrenalin producer.

tjsales

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Had a great time. Beautiful day and that is the key!

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