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Queenstown Jet 1-hour Jet Boat ride on Lake Whakatipu and Kawarau River
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Queenstown Jet 1-hour Jet Boat ride on Lake Whakatipu and Kawarau River

By RealNZ
Recommended by 90% of travellers
90% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 5-99, max of 28 per group
Duration: 1h
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  • Jet boat ride across Lake Wakatipu and down the Kawarau River
  • Life jackets
  • Famous 360-degree spins
  • Driver commentary


Start:
  • Queenstown Jet Boat - RealNZ, Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please check in 20 minutes prior to departure.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3342P33

    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Children 2 and younger are not allowed.
    • You must weigh at least 33 pounds (15 kg).
    • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Queenstown Jet 1-hour Jet Boat ride on Lake Whakatipu and Kawarau River?
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    • RealNZ
      281
      Queenstown, New Zealand
      Joined in February 2010
    • Rodolfo C
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      White water rafting and jet boat
      Really incredible experience. We started with the jet boat which was way cooler than we anticipated and finish off with white water rafting. Definally recommend
      Written 14 April 2024
    • James K
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highlight of our holiday!
      Rafting on the Kawarau River was a highlight for my son and I. We loved it! The scenery is amazing especially if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan. The river is beautiful. The South African guide we had was great. We swam in the river jumping off a small rock face. The rapids are only level 1-3 which is a great introduction to white water rafting. We’ll definitely be doing it again! Shame about the photos being accidentally deleted though.
      Written 13 April 2024
    • Guide02897585954
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Shotover rafting, Must Do.
      Cracker run, water was pumping after lots of rain, our guide was so relaxed but fun and VERY professional... The time flew by rolling through the river, wanted to go again.
      Written 13 April 2024
    • Departure602607
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing
      Fabulous trip with a very professional super friendly team .. loved every minute of it all from a couple of very happy pensioners (just!)
      Written 7 April 2024
    • 124jeremyg
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kawarau River Rafting and Jetboat
      The rafting experience was amazing. The views are beautiful and we have a chance to see bungee jumping along the way. There is even a stopover at a cliff for us to do cliff jumping and opportunities to swim. Thanks to our professional guides Jess and Will. It is just a pity that we actually booked on rafting with Jetboat on the day . Due to the heavy rain , Jetboat was cancelled and we got our refund from the Real NZ staff (helpful and friendly).
      Written 2 April 2024
    • paulO8795WL
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      great time rafting
      We had an amazing rafting expert (sorry i cant remember his name) I was quite nervous as i had never been rafting before, but he put me at ease and my husband and i had a great time! Many thanks once again for a great experience. Sonya and Paul
      Written 28 March 2024
    • FarAway15335736708
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing rafting
      This was the third time white water rafting for us and it was the best one we ever done! We were lucky that the day before the rafting was raining and the water level reached the highest point in 2 month. It came out very intense and a few of very challenging rapids. We even got to do the tunnel that was purely relying on water level. Wow it was amazing ! Thank you for giving us a such thrilled experience Team!
      Written 25 March 2024
    • J4076JFsimons
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome River Rafting Experience!
      The Shooter River White Water Rafting adventure! Couldn’t speak more highly of our very professional and expert raft leaders, who were very thorough with their instructions, drills and knowledge, all imparted with humour and an obvious love for what they do!
      Written 25 March 2024
    • deliad763
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Outstanding experience
      The most amazing experience rafting, the staff were all out standing insuring we all got the most of out of rafting experience. Would highly recommend.
      Written 15 March 2024
    • 733natg
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing adrenaline rush with lots of laughs
      I had an amazing time! Laughed all day! Learned techniques from Guy. Thanks Team! I loved it!!!!!! I loved rafting over Shotover river !! Can’t wait to come back!! 😊
      Written 14 March 2024
    • ihalber
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don’t miss a day on the water
      An amazing experience and a must when in Queenstown. The guides are awesome, knowledgeable and funny. The scenery is amazing, the rapids are good fun and all in all a great experience.
      Written 13 March 2024
    • roshpatel96
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      White water rafting on Shotover
      Amazing experience with RealNZ, the team were all lovely and helpful. We had an excellent experience and I’d never done it before! No one fell out or flipped on our trip. Kinnan was an excellent guide and made the trip very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area!
      Written 13 March 2024
    • Passenger07098069075
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      5 Stars!
      Rafting in Queenstown was an incredible experience! With perfect weather and a knowledgeable, fun guide, it was an absolute must-do activity.
      Written 11 March 2024
    • B2739HTannes
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I would rate this a 'must do' in Queenstown.
      We booked this last minute and glad we did. The team was fun, friendly and dedicated to our happiness and safety. The rafting was fun...maybe not quite as exhilarating as we expected...a few fun little drops that they said were class 4 or 5, some paddling, some minor rapids, but it was fun and the scenery down on the river was very beautiful. The color of the water is amazing. In late Feb. we got a little warm in the wetsuits in the hot sun and our guide, Ben, encouraged us to jump in the river to cool off...so glad we did. Ben was a great guide (sorry, Ben, we went to the World bar for silent disco, but didn't see you!). What we didn't expect, and what they don't tell you, is that the 45 minute bus ride is over the coolest, steepest (closed to the public) dirt mountain road over very extreme mountain scenery. Loved it! That alone was worth half the ticket price. Well done! We defintely recommend this trip while in Queenstown. PS...they take photos and email them to you for free!
      Written 1 March 2024
    • DerekS846
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thrilling
      We did the jet boating and rafting combo as a family of 4, 2 of us in our 60s and two in 30s. Jet boating was such a thrill ride from the lake down river to our rafting point. Lots of thrilling spins etc. Rafting was great fun with 3-4 white water stretches and lots of opportunities for swimming, rock jumping and some fun on the boat. For the “oldies” no pressure to do anything we were uncomfortable with, for youngsters you can be as daring as you wish. We all had a great time… exhausted at the end!! The Real NZ team are caring, safety conscious and fun, special mention to Erin who led our boat and was so full of energy and fun while also looking out for us.
      Written 25 February 2024
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    Monika C
    Sydney, Australia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    Stunning views and fun times. Highly recommend this experience.
    Driver was outstanding and the scenery was spectacular. Fun for kids as well and better than paying for a 25minute ride with other companies in the area for your first time.
    The 360’degree turns were fun and not scary at all. Next time I would like to go on a more adventurous version of this experience.
    Written 30 March 2024
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    Charles H
    Bermuda5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2024 • Couples
    I have done previous trips with other companies and much preferred the Dart river excursion in Lake Whatatipu. In hindsite I regret we did not do a jet boat out of Wanaka this time. The Kawarau river scenery was average.
    The 12 March afternoon trip was marred during our return ride when we encountered a short steep chop head-on as a rain shower passed through. Incredibly hard and jarring ride which the boat operator did little to mitigate. I am a skipper myself and he should have slowed down more and taken the waves at an angle. He was in a comfortable spring-mounted seat so was oblivious to the discomfort of his passengers. Perhaps he was in a rush to get back to the dock.
    Written 18 March 2024
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    michael m
    California134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a well done tour, boat was fun and great shape, felt very safe even though going at high speeds. The only negative is I am 70 years old and there was lots of turbulence on the water which caused some hard bumps that I think affect the older body a bit more than young ones. While I had a good time I am not sure I would go again uncles the water was very calm.
    Written 27 January 2024
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    Sharon J
    Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    Super fun to do with teenagers. Recommend doing this ride. Sit at the front. A great experience on our first day in Queenstown.
    Written 13 January 2024
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    Janette D
    Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Couples
    Matthew was so experienced and made the trip so much fun. Great local knowledge and fabulous spins. Highly recommend this trip
    Written 10 January 2024
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    Nicole welsh
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Friends
    A must do when In queenstown. Our driver Tom was top notch and made the experience so fun. Mattteee!
    Written 31 July 2023
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    Ladibugzie
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023
    The 360 turns were fun, and our skipper was too. If it's winter, rug up and take gloves haha. You don't feel the cold so much when you're on the boat because you're having too much fun, but afterwards it can take a wee while to warm up.
    Written 29 June 2023
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    Matt F
    Waikanae14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Family
    Great trip, amazing views, very funny and knowledgeable driver and great 360 degree spins, highly recommended!
    Written 16 June 2023
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    Robyn C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fantastic experience! We loved that we got to do 2 activities in one - the Jetboat ride was exhilarating and then the rafting was simply gorgeous and mostly quiet and peaceful with some exciting rapids thrown in sporadically. We loved the stretches of quiet water where we could jump out the boat and float peacefully down the river. The rock jumping was a highlight too. The guides are fabulous (shout-out to Will who lead our boat), they take your safety seriously but also make sure you have a fun time. We also loved that they send you photos of the trip for free (and they were really good pics!). Highly recommend this trip!
    Written 16 April 2023
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    David S
    Ballarat, Australia505 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day with Luke at the wheel. 60 minutes of thrill and excitement packed delights for all of the family. If the sun is out, even better. Definitely a great way to spend some spare time.
    Written 9 April 2023
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