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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

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...


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...

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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Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $109.00 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 $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...


Marina Apartment 405Marina Apartment 405 - Apartment.

Set in Queenstown, 1.7 km from Queenstown Event Centre and 6 km from Skyline Gondola and Luge, Marina Apartment 405...

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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