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Shotover Jet

Explore the Shotover River and race through the water at high speed on this thrilling attraction.<

One of New Zealand’s legendary experiences, the Shotover Jet is popular with visitors who want to race through the rapids of the Shotover River at white-knuckle speeds of up to 85 kilometres-per-hour. The river’s rapids run for 75 kilometres from the Southern Alps and since 1970, the river has been a popular spot for more than just its scenic beauty, with visitors coming for the Shotover Jet experience.

No other operator is licensed to use the Shotover River other than the Shotover Jet, making this something not to be missed. The river itself is famed for its narrow canyons, which make the jet boat experience even more thrilling as you’ll get to come close to the walls before your driver carefully keeps you moving along.

Though not for the faint hearted, bear in mind that the Shotover Jet is renowned for its exceptional safety record. To maintain this, they make sure that certain rules are always followed. Children are welcome to visit, but if you’re bringing your youngsters for the ride they will have to be over one metre tall. Also, make sure you bring appropriate clothing for wet conditions, and keep any electronics you may have with you safely locked away in one of the lockers provided before you embark on your journey. You can leave your camera behind too, as the Shotover Jet crew will take professional photographs, which you can buy as a memento of your wild adventure.

If you would rather sit back and admire the view whilst others enjoy the ride, grab a coffee at Cavells, the on-site café with a viewing deck situated above.

Located on the Shotover River about seven kilometres outside of Queenstown, you can easily reach the base of the Shotover Jet. Shuttle buses run from Queenstown regularly, and you can get a free bus ticket included with your boat ride. If you’re driving, parking is also available. It will cost you a fee to take a jet boat ride. The centre is open daily except at Christmas, though it’s occasionally closed if the weather conditions are bad.


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