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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

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $129.00 per person

Hang on during this thrilling jet boat ride that travels at high speeds on two rivers, covering more ground with a longer time out on the water than similar tours in the region. Leaving right from the Main Town Pier in Queenstown, scream with delight as your jet boat zooms across Lake Wakatipu, spins in circles on the Kawarau River, and navigates the shallow waterds of the Shotover River. Be prepared to have heart-racing fun on this roller coaster of a ride! 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 $239.00 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...

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 Twin Challenge (Jet Boat Ride and White Water Rafting)

Queenstown Twin Challenge (Jet Boat Ride and White Water Rafting)

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $340.00 per person

Join this adventure package of a lifetime to combine an adrenaline charged jet boat ride with an action packed white water rafting experience on the Shotover River (grade 3-5). The perfect way to enjoy your morning or afternoon. Add a little adventure to your getaway! More...

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $339.00 per person

Discover the untamed beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park on this full-day Dart River 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet boat tour from Queenstown! Travel by coach to Glenorchy, where your adventure begins, and then hop aboard a jet boat and ride up the picturesque Dart River. Speeding through a landscape of outstanding natural beauty, your tour passes the 'Middle-earth' countryside that featured in the popular 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. In a secluded... More...


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