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Address: Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 8570
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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World famous as the ultimate jet boating experience, Shotover Jet has...

World famous as the ultimate jet boating experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over 3 million people since 1970, and now it's your turn! Take a unique breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow Canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown's only exhilarating full 360° spins. 'Can you handle the canyons?' with award winning Shotover Jet, 'The World's Most Exciting Jet Boating Ride' and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.

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US$88.05*
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Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown
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Queenstown Twin Challenge (Jet Boat Ride and White Water Rafting)

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30 years later, it's still awesome!

I remember the shotover jet being a highlight of my trip to NZ as a child, so a bit of a buzz to now come and take my kids on it. We got the family pass, the kids went twice, as... read more

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canberra
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109 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I remember the shotover jet being a highlight of my trip to NZ as a child, so a bit of a buzz to now come and take my kids on it. We got the family pass, the kids went twice, as adults we took turns as we had a toddler to look after as well. The staff were super helpful... More 

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a fantastic ride I did it in the late seventies it was a thrill then and its a thrill now Really well organized great staff I left my bank cards at the river shop they got them back to asap.. I even enjoyed the bus ride back our driver slim had sense of humor. You are mad if you... More 

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Thank Hobbsy52
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wow this was quite scary, but in a good way. The jet was super fast and super close to the walls but the driver was always in control. The circles are very fun to. I can recommend this!

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Thank JessicaS1312
SOJ_CustomerService, Assistant Reservations Team Leader at Shotover Jet, responded to this review

SOJ_CustomerService, Assistant Reservations Team Leader at Shotover Jet, responded to this review Kia Ora Jessica, Thankyou for your review and recommendation! Our drivers complete over 120 hours of training out on the river so they really know how to control the big reds! Come back and see us again! Nga Mihi (Kind Regards) Jess More 

Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I must say, we really enjoyed this ride. Me and wife were thinking before leaving from hotel, that if we were lucky we will get first row of jet. And coincidentally we got it . But each seat is worth of it , Must do activity in Queenstown.

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Thank ketan s
SOJ_CustomerService, Assistant Reservations Team Leader at Shotover Jet, responded to this review

Kia Ora Ketan, Thankyou for your review. We totally agree with you that every seat is just as good the other, and you are sure get a thrilling ride! Safe Travels Jess More 

Toowoomba, Australia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was scared all week of doing this but my partner wanted to do it so I had to suck it up and it was so much fun! Not as scary as I thought it would be a lot of fun all the same!!

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Thank akg127
SOJ_CustomerService, Assistant Reservations Team Leader at Shotover Jet, responded to this review

Kia Ora, Thankyou for your review. It thrills us to hear how much fun you had on our big reds! Nga Mihi (Kind Regards) Jess More 

North Carolina
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was a bit skeptic, but always daring! This was the most exciting boat ride I have ever been on! It is amazing how fast we were going, in very shallow water, and only inches away from rocky canyon walls! a must do!.. I recommend a face covering in cooler temps, your face gets really cold!

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Thank redbett
SOJ_CustomerService, Assistant Reservations Team Leader at Shotover Jet, responded to this review

Kia Ora, Thankyou for your review. It thrills us to read that you had such an exciting trip with us. The boats can travel on water as shallow as 6 inches and with speeds of up to 90kph it really gets the adrenaline pumping right? Wrapping up warm in these colder months is highly recommended as the temperature can drop... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its world famous , and there is a reason for that. Crystal clear waters - vertical cliffs, boulders in the water, dead trees and in places only meters wide and your crazy insane adrenaline junkie driver, is pushing 700 hp of jet boat engines to the limit and screaming past rock walls at 85 km/hr and the boat for the... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was super awesome fun and if you are contemplating doing this... contemplate no further and just book it!!! You will not regret :) Exciting and thrilling way to see stunning scenery. It really is a must! One tip though: Not to stereotype... but make sure your shotover jet driver is a guy! The women don't seem to manoeuvre the... More 

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Thank Mimi L
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Did this on a wintery day and there was no time to be cold - thrills and spins all helped by the slightly insane glint in our drivers eye! Best fun & amazing way to see the Shotover river!

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Thank Claire S
SOJ_CustomerService, Assistant Reservations Team Leader at Shotover Jet, responded to this review

Kia Ora Claire, Thankyou for your review. It thrills us to read how much you enjoyed yourself whilst out on the Shotover Jet. The 360's are the best part right?! Nga Mihi (Kind Regards) Jess More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the morning sunrise ride - aka first ride of the day at 8.30am. We booked online at 6am and the booking went through fine. The ride itself was so fun! The skill of the drivers were impressive and it definitely got my heart racing with excitement! It was VERY cold though. If you are doing the morning or... More 

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Thank Renae007
SOJ_CustomerService, Assistant Reservations Team Leader at Shotover Jet, responded to this review

Kia Ora Renae, Thankyou for your review. Booking our sunrise trip gives you a $20 discount on the price and also is a great way to wake up right?! It does pay to wrap up warm during the colder months, hats, scarfs and gloves are all a good idea. Come and see us again soon Nga Mihi (Kind Regards) Jess More 

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