Shotover Jet

Shotover Jet



269 Rankers Reviews

234 Face-to-Face

23 Jet Boating

92 Queenstown Township




World famous as the ultimate jet boat experience, Shotover Jet has thrilled over 3 million people since 1965, and now it’s your turn! 

OPENING HOURS: Daily from 8am - 6pm
COST: Shotover Jet Ride – $145.00 per person

Shotover Jet operates on an exclusive area of the Shotover River and is the only company permitted to operate within its spectacular canyons, carved out over the ages by a vast volume of fast flowing water. The very grandeur of this spectacular environment, less than 10 minutes drive from Queenstown, adds to the excitement and exclusivity of the Shotover Jet experience.

Shotover Jet commenced operations on the upper Shotover River in 1965 and was one of Queenstown’s first adventure activities, and over the years is one of the experiences that has helped to put New Zealand on the global tourism map. Combining the classic New Zealand invention of the Jet Boat with the Kiwi culture of adventure, Shotover Jet has become part of the fabric of what is quintessentially ‘New Zealand’ and has taken jet boating from its humble beginnings to become one of New Zealand’s most iconic ‘must do’ visitor activities.


Feature Value Info


South IslandQueenstown RegionQueenstown Township


  • Jet Boating

Business Times

Daily from 8am - 6pm




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Paul from USA's avatar

Paul from USA

Ranking: 1/10

The ride itself is fine for kids. I really expected something more "extreme" based on the promotions. But the experience ended on a very sour note based on photo policies and pricing. Keep in mind, customers pay at least $139 per seat, but the company is very strict about taking photos. At first I thought this was for safety reasons, but later learned this was for pure greed. During the experience the boat stops a few times for the driver to answer questions. Our driver, Phil, was amusing and informative for most of the trip. Then, during one of the stops one customer took out his phone to take a photo of his family . Phil was visibly angered and threatened to take away his phone. I thought it was an over-reaction. When the ride concluded, I was eager to see the photos and videos taken by the cameras mounted on the boat. However, I was aghast at the prices ranging up to $100. What an outrageous gouging of the customers. Shameful and exploitative. My advice: skip this scam and spend your money on an activity that is truly "extreme" and don't support this inexcusable photograph and pricing policy.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Andrew Hammond's avatar

Andrew Hammond


Ranking: 9/10

Just as much fun as last time. A good amount of time out on the water for the money you pay. Always plenty of seats available. Kids took advantage of the Instant Replay option and did another ride for just $19. Lots of fun thanks

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Alex Hah


Ranking: 9/10

We were just stopping in at Queenstown for the day, and it was so easy to show up and book a spot on the next boat. There was plenty of parking at the jetty, but they also have a shuttle from town. The ride itself was a great combination of scenic and exciting!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ranking: 6/10

Nice view, too slow in the canyon, more fun/action expected, too expensive.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Josh Mills's avatar

Josh Mills


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing fun, a must do in Queenstown.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Ranking: 10/10

Very nice. We would do it again for sure. Amazing how professional they are. Since the beginning till the end - very good.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Hazel Norman


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent experience - the 360 degree turns are fantastic! 25 minutes on the water - good amount of time.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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George Bellwood

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very scary experience, constantly on the edge of your seat thinking you are going to smash into the canyon walls.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016