Skippers Canyon Jetboat

Queenstown’s greatest jet boat adventure

This is a Jet boat trip like no other! Recognised as one of Queenstown’s best value products for a good reason, this is an adrenaline rush from the moment you leave town. Tour into Skippers Canyon, along the sheer canyon walls, on the 'road to riches' carved from the rock walls and sheer cliffs by miners over 120 years ago.

And that’s just getting to the boat!

Our state of the art custom built Jet boats are designed for one purpose; to excite and thrill you as you race through the Shotover River Canyons at speed of 80km/hr. Sit back, hold on, and try to relax as our experienced boat drivers navigate the sheer canyon walls along the Shotover River as well as the mining dredges and sheet piles left by the miners through Skippers Canyon over a century ago.

With skill and speed you will negotiate the narrow river channel, skimming over shallow 6 inch deep river beds, when suddenly you are going sideways, backwards, sideways and back facing the way you were going, WOW, that’s a Hamilton spin! 360 degree spin, as the boat turns in its own length!

This 30 minute Jet boating adventure on the Shotover river gives you an opportunity to experience two of Queenstown’s greatest accomplishments, Skippers Canyon & Jet boating on the Shotover river.

Trip Details

Here is what you need to know...

Prices Duration of Experience

Adult: NZD$129
Child: NZD$79
Family (2 adults and 2 children): NZD$337

Allow 3 hours for the round trip from central Queenstown

Package Includes
  • Guided tour into Skippers Canyon
  • 30 minute jet boating adventure on the upper Shotover River
  • Spectacular views and photo opportunities
  • Spray jackets and life jackets on the jet boat
  • Return transport to central Queenstown
Timetable Transport (Pick-up location)

Summer: 8.30am, 12noon and 3.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
9am and 1pm (Winter from mid June to mid September)

The Station building bus stop, corner of Camp & Shotover Streets, central Queenstown

What you'll need Important Information
  • Dress for the conditions on the day!
  • Summer: Hat, sunglasses, warm top, sunscreen and mosquito repellant, water and a camera
  • Winter: Warm hat, wind proof warm jacket, gloves and sunglasses,water and a camera
  • Dress like you are going skiing and you’ll love it
  • This is a true back country experience, getting there is half the fun!
  • We recommend using the toilet before you depart town, toilets are available at The Station building
  • 'No shows' or cancellations within 24 hours of departure are non-refundable
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Please advise if you have any serious back problems or are pregnant

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