Jet Boat Tour

Queenstown’s greatest jet boat adventure.

Come with Skippers Canyon Jet and experience unbeatable value as you are taken on a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon followed by a thrilling jet boat ride through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River. It really is two trips in one.

The tour begins with a guided drive into historic Skippers Canyon with on board commentary from our knowledgeable drivers. You will be escorted into a land rich in gold mining history and stunning scenery via the infamous Skippers Road which was carved out of the vertical rock face by miners over 130yrs ago. Getting to the boat is half the adventure!

Once on the boat you will feel your adrenalin surge as you power deeper into Skippers Canyon and up the Shotover River. Our highly skilled jet boat drivers manoeuvre the boat just inches from the sheer canyon walls and keep the excitement levels high with speeds in excess of 80kmh and a series of 360 degree spins. This is canyon jet boating at its best.

Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour is the only jet boat ride where you get to experience historic gold mining relics that still remain in the river and Lord of the Rings locations. Skippers Canyon Jet is the must do jet boat trip in Queenstown.



Per person



Per Child (3-15yrs)



2 adults + 1 child (3-15yrs)
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Trips depart from the bus stop on the Camp St side of the Station Building. Be ready to go 10mins before departure time.


Summer: 8.30am, 12pm and 3.30pm. (October – April)

Winter: 9am and 1pm. (May – September)


Allow 2.5 – 3hrs return from central Queenstown.


  • Guided tour into Skippers Canyon.
  • Informative commentary from our knowledgeable bus drivers.
  • 25 minute jet boating experience in the upper Shotover Canyons.
  • Spectacular scenery and photo opportunities.
  • Spray jackets and life jackets for the jet boat trip.
  • Return transport to central Queenstown.


  • Dress for the conditions on the day!
  • Summer: Hat, sunglasses, warm top, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and a camera.
  • Winter: Warm hat, wind proof warm jacket, gloves, sunglasses, water and a camera.
  • Dress like you are going skiing up the mountain and you’ll love it!


  • This is a true backcountry experience- getting there is half the fun!
  • We recommend using the toilet in the Station Building before departing Queenstown.
  • ‘No shows’ or cancellations within 24hrs of departure time are non-refundable.
  • Please advise if you have any medical conditions, back problems or are pregnant.