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  • 25 minutes of jet boating thrills
  • Free transfers from Queenstown
  • High speed spins, brakes & stops
  • Zoom through astounding NZ scenery
  • Departs up to every 15 minutes
  • Available daily all year round

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 jet boat ride
  • Free shuttle service from Queenstown


  • This is a 25 minute ride (allow 1.5 hours from the return trip with transfers)


  • On the hour every hour from 9am - 4pm. Should you require a time outside of these hours, please contact our friendly staff to see if we can book something else in for you
  • Operate every day (river and weather conditions permitting) except Christmas Day

Shuttle Service

  • Shotover Jet operates a complimentary shuttle service to and from Queenstown and our river base. Courtesy shuttles depart from ‘The Station’ Information Centre, corner Shotover and Camp Streets in downtown Queenstown, and our Shotover Jet river base up to every fifteen minutes.
  • You are welcome to self-drive to our River Base building located at Gorge Road, Arthurs Point

Additional Information

  • Big Red jet boats depart up to every 15 minutes.
  • Big Red jet boats carry a maximum of 14 passengers: small boats - big thrills!
  • Onsite facilities include parking, retail, cafe, toilets, secure lockers and viewing areas.
  • We will carry infants (3-4 years) but all children must be a minimum of 1 metre high to be able to ride in the 'Jet Boat'

What to Wear

  • 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 our handrails are heated) just like you would for skiing and sunglasses are great year round.

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
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Froy Leano 4 days 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!!
It's the second time that we've done this and really wouldnt bother with any of the other competitors
Froy Leano 4 days 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 7 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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.

A couple of weeks ago
Andrea 4 years ago

A couple of weeks ago, I experienced the Shotover Jet and what can I say?? It was truly unreal! The scenery on the jetboat ride was so spectacular. We were getting so close to the canyon rock faces and it was such a thrill. The spins on the ride were awesome and I was so surprised how shallow the water is a lot of the time. It was thrilling as well as beautiful and totally scenic!! Loved it!

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