Shotover Jet offers exhilarating jetboat experiences in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons in New Zealand. Established in 1965 as one of the first adventure activities in Queenstown and now world-renowned for providing ‘the ultimate jet boat experience,’ Shotover Jet has thrilled over three million people with unique and breathtaking rides through dramatic and narrow canyons.

Shotover Jet operates in a secluded area of the Shotover River, less than a 10-minute drive from Queenstown, and is the only company permitted to work within its breathtakingly beautiful canyons, which have been carved out by the vast volume of fast-flowing water over centuries. Combining the Kiwi culture of adventure with the classic New Zealand invention of the Jet Boat, Shotover Jet has become one of New Zealand’s most popular adventure activities.

Shotover Jet is part of the Ngai Tahu Tourism group who also offer a variety of attractions and tours all over New Zealand, including New Zealand Snowshoe, Guided Walks New Zealand, Dart River, Hollyford Track, Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Hukafalls Jet, Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs.

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Shotover Jet is based at the River Base building located at Gorge Road in Arthurs Point. Guests can self-drive and leave their cars there or take the Shotover Jet complimentary shuttle service, which departs from Queenstown up to every 15 minutes. Shotover Jet rides take approximately 25 minutes on the water, but about an hour and a half in total, including the journey to and from Queenstown.

The canyons through which the ride travels are essentially made up of towering rock walls that have been carved and molded into unique formations by tons of rapid flowing river water from deep in the Southern Alps over thousands of years. The grandeur and beauty of the canyons of the Shotover River provide for a spectacular and unforgettable experience with Shotover Jet and one that should not be missed.

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2.The Boats

The Boats
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Shotover Jet has a fleet of seven interchangeable and highly specialized Jet Boats, designed specifically for the Shotover River Canyons with the ability to carry up to 14 passengers plus the driver. Designed specifically to handle the Shotover River Canyons and made for maximum speed, strength, and maneuverability, boats are powered by twin 350 Mercruiser V8 engines, can travel up to 53 miles per hour in as little as 10 cm of water and are capable of spinning 360°.

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Experience the beauty of the dramatic and narrow canyons at sunrise with a Sunrise Jet ride. Skim, zip, twist and turn around breathtaking bends and awe-inspiring rock faces as the sun rises above the towering walls of the canyon.

Spaces are limited due to the extreme popularity of the ride, so advance booking is essential.

Gorge Road, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand, Phone: +64 3-442 8570

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