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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 $135.00 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...

Goldfields Jet Boat Ride from Cromwell

Goldfields Jet Boat Ride from Cromwell

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $115.00 per person

A spectacular jet boat ride on the mighty Kawarau River through the heart of one of New Zealand’s most historic gold-mining regions. Our specially designed jet boats and highly trained drivers will take you on an unforgettable 40-minute ride through the Kawarau Gorge. Power-to-weight, these 13-seater V8 powered 4.8 metre pocket rockets leave many of the Queenstown boats in their spray. With their small size and stonking big 8.2 lire Chevy motors, the Goldfields Jet fleet of boats are more... More...

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $259.00 per person

Journey deep into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park on this wilderness adventure from Queenstown. On this 6-hour tour, combine the thrill of an exhilarating jet-boat ride down the Dart River with a guided forest walk and a backcountry safari. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and mysterious hidden valleys, this is an area of exceptional natural beauty. Your expert guide will bring to life the variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this unique area, as... More...

Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour

Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $159.00 per person

Come with Skippers Canyon Jet and experience unbeatable value as you are taken on a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon followed by a thrilling jet boat ride through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River. Discover a land rich in gold mining history and breathtaking scenery just a short distance from Queenstown. Skippers Canyon Jet is two trips in one and is the must do jet boat trip in Queenstown.

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Hydro Attack Individual Experience in Queenstown

Hydro Attack Individual Experience in Queenstown

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $134.00 per person

The ultimate blend of shark and machine! Hydro Attack is the world's first commercial operator of the amazing Seabreacher X watercraft.

It's time to scream in the shark machine. Operating from our berth in central Queenstown we will take you on an adrenaline-packed ride out on stunning Lake Wakatipu. Like a stunt plane on the water - sit back in the cockpit and get ready to feel the g-forces as our expert pilot gives you an experience you'll never forget. Looking through the F-16... More...



Central, Modern Loft Style Home - 2 Min walk from TownCentral, Modern Loft Style Home - 2 Min walk from Town - Holiday Home.

Set in Queenstown, 700 metres from Skyline Gondola and Luge and 7 km from Queenstown Event Centre, Central, Modern Loft...

Doubtful Sound Cruise from Lake ManapouriDoubtful Sound Cruise from Lake Manapouri - Sightseeing Cruise - Queenstown. Starting from $239.00 per person.

Flick your phone to flight mode & check out our majestic peaks. Make your mates back home jealous as you bombard them...

 

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