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Jet Boat Experience on Shotover River, Queenstown in New Zealand

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119 $

Why we included this experience:

Since 1965, the “Big Red” Jet Boat has entertained millions of people in the Shotover River Canyons. Now’s your chance to find out how this incredible ride put New Zealand on the world tourism map long before hobbits ever did!

Experience description

Big Red blends the Kiwi lust for adventure with a knack for invention - the twin-engined boats blast you through canyons that have been forged over thousands of years, by billions of tonnes of water that flow from the Southern Alps. A fitting locale, then, for an epic boat ride such as this. Expect typical New Zealand beauty all around, the grandeur of nature, and plenty of thrills and spills.

Hugely popular with tourists and locals alike, even visiting royalty, this trip is rightfully-placed among New Zealand’s pantheon of extreme sports. You’ll sail at speeds of up to 85km/h (53mph) on water just a few fingers deep before you head into the canyon, the driver skillfully putting the boat to the test as it zips around boulders and crags, past intimidating rock faces, and into walls of white water spray. Book early, and arrive on time, because this experience will blow you away.


Pulse-racing Jet Boat ride up the Shotover River outside Queenstown
Join the millions of people who have made this infamous journey
Keep your eyes open as the incredible scenery goes by in a blur

What's Included:

  • 25 minute ride
  • Safety briefing
  • Life jacket
  • Water booties

Good to know:

  • Wear warm, waterproof clothing, and in winter, hat, jacket and gloves
  • Minimum height is 1m (3ft) but may rise to 1.5m (5ft) in inclement weather
  • Participants are required to sign an indemnity waiver - parents or guardians must sign for children under the age of 18
  • Check-in half an hour prior to departure
  • Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied on the ride by an adult
  • Pregnant women, people with bad backs, and those suffering from motion sickness are advised not to ride
  • Operates every 45 minutes
  • Complimentary shuttles depart ‘The Station’ Information Centre (corner Camp and Shotover Streets) up to every 15 minutes. 
  • The venue is located 7kms from Queenstown when using own transport.
Photo credit goes to our wonderful Tinggly Ambassador Phoebe from Little Grey Box. She has tried this experience and wrote a review! Read it and make sure this experience is right for you!

Experience details

For 1 person
All year
Multiple times a day


Experience reviews: (1)


I spent the whole time laughing and screaming with joy, it was insane!


3 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point 9371, New Zealand
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