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  • Thrillling 25 minute jetboat ride
  • FREE transfers from Queenstown
  • Travel over 85km per hour
  • Zoom through the spectacular Shotover River Canyons
  • 360 degree spins over 10cm deep water
  • Power brakes and sweeping fishtails

Shotover Jet

Shotover Jet Queenstown

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Get on board ‘Big Red’ the ultimate Queenstown Shotover Jet boat experience that has been thrilling over 3 million people since 1970! If its not the super-charged jet boat ride that scares you it will be the danger of heading straight for overhanging cliff faces and jagged rocks of the Shotover Canyon before pulling away at the VERY last second! This is why this Queenstown jet boat ride takes the cake – combining the epic thrills of high-speed, seemingly impossible manoeuvres, coming perilously close to narrow impending canyon walls and of course the overwhelming scenic location!

These expert Shotover Jet Boat drivers know exactly what they are doing and can haul the boat at speeds of up to 85kph in as little as 10cm of shallow water! Spin and weave your way through the spectacular Shotover River Canyon and enjoy trademark 360-degree spins, power brakes and sweeping fishtails as the rocky canyon walls whiz past you at speed.

This world famous Queenstown Jet Boat experience is just 10 minutes from Queenstown where you can catch a convenient and free shuttle service out to the river base. You then have the rest of the day to try and catch your breath and enjoy other exciting activities in Queenstown!


  • 25 minute thrilling Jet Boat ride
  • Free shuttle service from Queenstown


  • 360 degree spins over 10cm of water
  • Reach speeds over 85km per hour
  • Whip past rocky outcrops
  • Skim around crags and boulders
  • Speed through the dramatic and spectacular Shotover River Canyons
  • FREE transfers from Queenstown to the Shotover Jet departure point


  • Jet Boat rides depart on the hour every hour between 9am and 4pm. Should you require a time outside of these hours, please contact our friendly staff to see if we can arrange an alternative time to suit your travel requirements
  • Jet Boat rides depart every day (river and weather conditions permitting) except Christmas Day (25th December)


  • This is a 25 minute Jet Boat ride (please allow 1.5 hours for the entire experience)

What To Bring

  • We recommend that you dress for the conditions and simply be mindful that there will be some wind-chill factor as you are travelling at speed
  • In summer don’t forget your sunblock and some people get concerned that it may be too cold in winter, however simply dress warmly and bring a warm hat and gloves (although the handrails are heated) just like you would for skiing and sunglasses are great year round
  • For safety reasons, the use of handheld personal cameras and video cameras are not permitted aboard the jet boats

Additional Information

  • A minimum height of 1 metre applies. Shotover jet reserves the right to extend the minimum height to 1.2 metres in certain river conditions, to ensure passenger safety
  • Children under 5 years old who meet the minimum height limit are free with a fare paying adult, however a ticket still needs to be issued
  • All children (0-15yrs) must travel with a fare paying adult 16 years and over
  • Shotover Jet is not suitable if you are pregnant or have any medical conditions including back or neck problems
  • Onsite facilities include parking, retail, cafe, toilets, secure lockers and viewing areas

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking, however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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Dinky Panoringan 3 months ago
This is really amazing! I really loved my jet boat ride at an early bird time. It was one of the best experiences!!! I wanted to do it again in the future! Make sure to bring your warmest clothes like gloves cap or beanie. It is freezing cold but otherwise, it was awesome!
This is really amazing
Dinky Panoringan 3 months ago

This is really amazing! I really loved my jet boat ride at an early bird time. It was one of the best experiences!!! I wanted to do it again in the future! Make sure to bring your warmest clothes like gloves cap or beanie. It is freezing cold but otherwise, it was awesome!

It's the second time that we've done this and really wouldnt bother with any of the other competitors
Froy Leano 9 months ago

It's the second time that we've done this and really wouldnt bother with any of the other competitors. These guys are a professional unit...the original and the best...with exclusive use of the Shotover Canyon...yeeeharr it was ball-tearing awesome!!

A unique
Jennifer Cuttler 1 year ago

A unique, one of a kind and must do experience in Queenstown! The Shotover Jet is both a thrill-chaser and scenery lovers delights. The river itself is spectacular, and what better way to see it than shooting down it/through it/around it on a jet boat!

There is a reason this is the best jet boat ride in the world
Tejaswi Laveti 2 years ago

There is a reason this is the best jet boat ride in the world. This is located in the Shotover Canyon. When you enter their office, the scenery, the hills, the lake, the bridge and the landscape will blow you away. When your time comes up, all the safety gear is provided, the driver explains safety instructions and then off we go. The adrenaline kicks in when the drives tease the boat to the edge of the rocks, driving between two mountains, moving sideways and the best thing, a 360-degree turn that throws you and fills you with splashes of chilled water. The scenery is to die for. The ride is for 45 minutes, I wish it was a bit more. I will do it once again in the near future.

A really exhilarating jetboat ride allowing you to get super close to the rock faces in the canyon etc
Michelle 2 years ago

A really exhilarating jetboat ride allowing you to get super close to the rock faces in the canyon etc. Shotover have a very slick operation also and the scenery was awesome. I do feel like its a lot of money for the 25 minutes or whatever it is, however. I've also done the Kawarau Jet and the Dart River Jet Adventure and prefer these as you get way longer. I would still recommend it though.

We had a really fantastic time doing the shot over jet ride
Colette O'Connor 3 years ago

We had a really fantastic time doing the shot over jet ride. A.J. Our driver was great fun and gave us plenty of good info not only about the river itself but other places and things to do in Queenstown. The ride what can I say. Incredible. These drivers know the river to within an inch and trust me you come that close to the canyon in many places. This is something everyone should try. Definitely the highlight of our stay in Queenstown.

We had an amazing experience doing the Shotover Jet ride
Deepak Gunnam 3 years ago

We had an amazing experience doing the Shotover Jet ride. Full of adrenaline and excitement. A must do thing when in Queenstown. Thanks to Experience OZ, I was able to get the tickets on a very good deal and the booking process was very easy as well. It was easy to coordinate with Shotover jet once the tickets were confirmed.

My wife & I were in Queenstown with our son
Ross Stenson 3 years ago

My wife & I were in Queenstown with our son, daughter-in-law, grandson (age 8) & granddaughter (age 5). Before going, I booked with Experienceoz for us all to go on the Shotover Jet. It was a fantastic experience for us all. We had been concerned about taking our five year old but we knew all was well when she told the driver he wasn't going fast enough (he was flying!!). His response was: "Well that's a typical Aussie sledge!" This is a 'must do'.

Theresa 4 years ago

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!! I've been on other jet boat rides but none compare to this experience. It is worth going to New Zealand just to go on this ride. The length of the ride was worth the cost and the driver was excellent. However it is the ride itself that is the biggest thrill - the closeness to the cliff walls and the speed of the boat through the river ensure it is a thrill a minute! I suggest you don't bother having a shower before hand as you will most likely get quite wet during the ride! Enjoy!

It has been a fantastic experience
Jose Maria 4 years ago

It has been a fantastic experience. The team was very friendly. We received clear explanations before and during the activity. The trip through the Shotover river was very exciting, funny and refreshing. The video and photos we bought will be a nice souvenir of our experience. We will recommend this activity to our friends.

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