Jet Boat Tour

Jet Boat Tour

Product Overview

New Zealand's Greatest Jet Boat Adventure! A breathtaking bus journey along the infamous Skippers Road followed by the adrenalin pumping jet boat ride through the most dramatic canyons of the Shotover River. Extremely highly rated on review sites this is one activity not to be missed!

Product Description

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.

The Jet Boat 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 120yrs ago. Getting there is half the adventure!

Once on the boat you will feel your adrenalin surge as you power deeper into Skippers Canyon through the narrowest canyons on 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 full 360 degree spins. 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.

Departure Times

Departures from outside The Station Building on the corner of Camp and Shotover Street:

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

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

Be ready to go 10mins before departure time.


This is a fully guided tour that lasts 2.5 to 3hrs.

What To Bring

Dress for the conditions on the day.

Summer: Warm clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, water.

Winter: Dress extra warm! Jackets, gloves, scarves, face covering, sunglasses/goggles.

Company Info

Skippers Canyon Jet is a family owned operation whose ancestors date back 5 generations in the canyon. Winky (4th generation) still lives in the canyon today and her father was the last of the sluice gold miners in the canyon. Her son, Benj (5th generation), is the general manager of the company and one of the most experienced jet boat drivers in New Zealand. The jet boat activity was started in the early 90's after the last of the commercial gold mining companies finished mining for gold in 1991. Thirty years later and Skippers Canyon Jet is still showing people an incredible time in Skippers Canyon.

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