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Skippers Canyon and Shotover River Jet Boat Adventure

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  • Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5315JET
Just north of Queenstown, you can experience the ride of your life as you twist and turn down the Shotover River and through Skippers Canyon at high speeds. Your blood will be pumping as your jet boat maneuvers through an obstacle course of sheer cliffs and overhanging walls, fishtailing, power braking and doing 360-degree spins. Not for the faint-hearted, this is the ultimate, pure-adrenaline jet boat ride.
Your adventure starts the moment you board the bus in Queenstown and travel into Skippers Canyon on the “road to riches,” so-called because it was the route taken by gold-seekers. The road has hardly changed since it was first hand-carved from the canyon’s rock walls and sheer cliffs by miners more than 140 years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy the canyon’s magnificent scenery as your driver relays the history of the region.

Tight, narrow channels, overhanging rocks and old mining relics embedded in the river make this an obstacle course like no other. Admire the scenery before you get in the boat, because as you hurtle down the river at speeds of up to 50 mph (80 kph), you won’t have time to be impressed with the beauty of Skippers Canyon.

Hold on tight as you skim the shallow, 6-inch-deep (14.4-centimeter-deep) river beds and the boat does its best to thrill you with fishtails, 360-degree spins and power brakes, leaving you exhilarated, breathless and eager for more. This is the ultimate in jet-boating.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
'The Station' bus stop
Departure Time:
Summer schedule: October to April
8:30am, 12:00pm, 3:30pm

Winter schedule: May to September
9:00am, 1:00pm
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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8:30AM Departure
Code: AM0830

8:30am departure and returning at 11.30am

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9am departure and returning at 12pm

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Code: PM1200

12pm departure and returning at 3pm

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Code: PM1300

1pm departure and returning approximately at 4pm

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3:30PM Departure
Code: PM1530

3.30pm departure and returning approximately at 6.30pm

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Skippers Canyon and Shotover River Jet Boat Adventure

Skippers Canyon and Shotover River Jet Boat Adventure

  • Guided tour into Skippers Canyon
  • 30-minute pure adrenaline jet boat ride
  • Life vests
  • Wet weather spray jackets
  • Gloves and beanies in winter months
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please use toilet facilities before boarding coach as there are no toilets on board
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Chris M, February 2014

Very beautiful location, lots of interesting facts about Skippers Canyon. Driver?Guide was great, very knowledgeable. Jet boat ride was really fun! The drive in is a bit crazy, mountain road, very steep.

Reviewed by: Michael S, February 2014

Just do it, if the journey to the canyon doesn't get you going then the jet boat certainly will great people from start to finish wouldn't hesitate to do it again

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Tour code: 5315JET