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Jet Boating

The "waterjet" was originally built by Bill Hamilton, later and more formally know as Sir Charles William Feilden Hamilton, in 1954. The boat was designed to navigate the narrow and shallow rivers in the Queenstown area, such as the Shotover and Kawarau rivers. In 1960, Kawarau Jet became the first commercial jetboat company in the world, and is still running today, along with Shotover Jet, and other small companies.

As they propel themselves, the front lifts from the water, so there is little drag on the boat. For this reason, jetboats can run in less than 30cm of water, and are highly maneuverable at extreme speeds, amounting to an exhilarating, torque-filled ride, through narrow gorges and rivers. The jetboat can perform some very scary moves, such as the "Hamilton Turn", where the jetboat spins 180 degrees and stops within a body length of the boat.

This week's featured Jet Boating activities in Queenstown are:

Featured Jet Boating Activities

Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $125.00 per person

Feel your adrenaline soar as you zoom along Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River during a 1-hour Queenstown jet boat ride. Admire the Remarkables Range, Kelvin Peninsula and Cecil Peak, and hold on tight as an experienced driver performs fishtail turns and 360-degree spins at high speeds. You’ll access remote parts of the wilderness beyond the Kawarau Falls Dam, passing between narrow canyon walls and skimming across shallow water with ease. Choose from several tour times throughout the day. More...

Queenstown Hill HavenQueenstown Hill Haven - Holiday Home.

Offering views of the mountains and lake, Queenstown Hill Haven is a four bedroom house in Queenstown. The property is...

Milford Experience Scenic Tour (return from Queenstown)Milford Experience Scenic Tour (return from Queenstown) - Day Tour - Queenstown. Starting from NZ $200 per person.

A day excursion to one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Enjoy a spectacular day in the Fiordland World Heritage...


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