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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. You’ll cover more ground in less time, and receive a complimentary entrance ticket to Queenstown's Underwater Observatory. 


  • 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, all safety gear and complimentary entrance to the Underwater Observatory

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What You Can Expect

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River

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 (43-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 55 mph (85 kph) in shallow water.

End your jet-boat ride back at the pier where you can purchase photos of your adventure.

Use your complimentary ticket to gain entry to the Underwater Observatory, where you can view brown trout, diving ducks and freshwater eels beneath the surface of Lake Wakatipu.

Customer Reviews

Gillian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great experience!

jamesnisbet24 United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Like a Jetboat ride and scenic cruise together, it was awesome!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

awesome time!

Anthony T

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016


John H Australia

4 star rating: Recommended January 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

Miles B

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

What an awesome experience. Had a lot of fun and it was well worth the costs. Looked at some other companies before choosing this one and this to me, was good value for the quoted 60 minutes. The only down side was, it went ten minutes shorter than quoted for some reason....

Wet weather gear is supplied and helps to keep you dry. The tour operators are friendly and show good customer service skills. You also get a free entry to the under water experience at the end, which was nice to see.

All in all, much fun to be had, glad we did it, shame about getting robbed 10 minutes of water time.

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