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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

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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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 $379.00 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...

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...

Queenstown Wilderness and Jet Boat Tour

Queenstown Wilderness and Jet Boat Tour

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $600.00 per person

The Queenstown Wilderness & Jet Boat Tour is a great way to explore Queenstown and the greater area with awe inspiring scenery.
Take a thrilling wilderness jet boat ride up the Dart River with breathtaking scenery and stroll through ancient beech forest. This rich and diverse landscape offers a unique combination of breathtaking scenery, exhilarating experiences and New Zealand's most exciting jet boating along glacier-fed rivers.
Visit Arrowtown, a beautiful historic gold miners town,... More...

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $97.60 per person

Feel a rush of adrenaline as you skim the surface of the Shotover River by jet boat! Hold on tight as you do fishtail turns and 360-degree spins at high speeds through the narrow canyon walls. This ultimate heart-pumping experience is one you will never forget! More...


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