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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour

  • Experience a two-for-one trip that combines excitement and learning

  • Enjoy year-round departures

  • Depart from central Queenstown and travel along the infamous Skippers Road

Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour
From US$106.86
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Summer (Oct-Apr) 12pmMost Popular
Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour Summer 12pm departure
Winter (May-Sep) 1pm
Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour Winter 1pm departure
Summer (Oct-Apr) 8.30am
Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour Summer 8.30am departure
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Enjoy two trips in one on this good-value jet boat tour: a guided tour of Skippers Canyon and a thrilling ride on the Shotover River. Zip up some of the narrowest canyons on the Upper Shotover, and learn about the gold mining history of the area from your knowledgeable guide on the journey there. This combined tour is ideal for history buffs and adrenaline seekers.

What to Expect
  • Trips depart from outside the Station Building on the corner of Shotover and Camp Streets in the center of Queenstown.
  • 3hr round trip including return transport into Skippers Canyon on the infamous Skippers Road and a thrilling jet boat ride in the dramatic canyons of the upper Shotover River.
  • Enjoy commentary from our knowledgeable drivers on the scenic drive in.
  • Blast through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River and feel the adrenaline surge during the 360 spins.
  • Summer deaprtures (October - April): 8.30am, 12pm and 3.30pm.
  • Winter departures (May - September): 9am and 1pm.
  • This is Queenstown's best value jet boat tour with the inclusion of the scenic drive into the canyon plus the jet boat.
  • Two trips in one!
Reviews (93)
1 - 5 of 93 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
More than just a jet boat ride

The drive, amazing views and commentary by Dave in and out of Skippers Canyon make up part of the trip and are 100% worth it. You probably do need to allow a little bit longer than other jet companies because it’s slightly further away but...More

Thank ImAnAussie
Reviewed 4 days ago
Thrills from beginning to end!

Dave , our driver , was “da man”! We literally entrusted our lives to him and his driving was safe, enjoyable, and his commentary very entertaining. The ride up and back is not for sissies but don’t let that stop you, it was well worth...More

1  Thank Sorid2222
Reviewed 4 days ago
Blue is best- Forget the rest

This was our third jet boat ride in Queenstown and is the best by far, the trip into the canyon is an experience in itself and the jet boat ride was fantastic. Our driver was Jimmy the jet who knows his stuff, if you have...More

Thank BernM15
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Brilliant fun!

We were recommended this particular jetboating tour by the owner of another attraction in Kaikoura! We are so glad we took them up on it. Really exciting and informative drive in all-terrain vehicles down into Skipper's Canyon, with superb jet boat ride mid-way and then...More

Thank SteveM999_12
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
World class service

Exceptional driving and educational drive by Dave, he made the whole experience enjoyable, explaining every single point of interest while navigating the most treacherous piece of road I've ever seen (including some great kiwi humour) , Lincoln the boat driver was a hell of a...More

Thank NickO1541
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16 August 2018|
Response from Jared D | Reviewed this property |
It is a 3 hour return trip from Queenstown. November is in the summer so the sun sets around 9 pm so there will be plenty of light on both tours.
30 July 2018|
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Response from Ferrousso | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Michael. After I’ve visited the webpage, I guess my trip was “Jet Boat Tour”, not the “scenic....”. Since, firstly, it was not a half day trip, and, secondary, we didn’t have “Winky museum”, “Sainsbury Gold Claim” and... More