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Jet Boating

The "waterjet" was originally built by Bill Hamilton, later and more formally know as Sir Charles William Feilden Hamilton, in 1954. The boat was designed to navigate the narrow and shallow rivers in the Queenstown area, such as the Shotover and Kawarau rivers. In 1960, Kawarau Jet became the first commercial jetboat company in the world, and is still running today, along with Shotover Jet, and other small companies.

As they propel themselves, the front lifts from the water, so there is little drag on the boat. For this reason, jetboats can run in less than 30cm of water, and are highly maneuverable at extreme speeds, amounting to an exhilarating, torque-filled ride, through narrow gorges and rivers. The jetboat can perform some very scary moves, such as the "Hamilton Turn", where the jetboat spins 180 degrees and stops within a body length of the boat.


This week's featured Jet Boating activities in Queenstown are:

Featured Jet Boating Activities

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

Shotover River Extreme Jet Boat Ride from Queenstown

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $97.60 per person

Feel a rush of adrenaline as you skim the surface of the Shotover River by jet boat! Hold on tight as you do fishtail turns and 360-degree spins at high speeds through the narrow canyon walls. This ultimate heart-pumping experience is one you will never forget! More...

Goldfields Jet Boat Ride from Cromwell

Goldfields Jet Boat Ride from Cromwell

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $115.00 per person

A spectacular jet boat ride on the mighty Kawarau River through the heart of one of New Zealand’s most historic gold-mining regions. Our specially designed jet boats and highly trained drivers will take you on an unforgettable 40-minute ride through the Kawarau Gorge. Power-to-weight, these 13-seater V8 powered 4.8 metre pocket rockets leave many of the Queenstown boats in their spray. With their small size and stonking big 8.2 lire Chevy motors, the Goldfields Jet fleet of boats are more... More...

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $109.00 per person

Hang on during this thrilling jet boat ride that travels at high speeds on two rivers, covering more ground with a longer time out on the water than similar tours in the region. Leaving right from the Main Town Pier in Queenstown, scream with delight as your jet boat zooms across Lake Wakatipu, spins in circles on the Kawarau River, and navigates the shallow waterds of the Shotover River. Be prepared to have heart-racing fun on this roller coaster of a ride! More...

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

Dart River 'Funyak' Canoe and Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $379.00 per person

Discover the untamed beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park on this full-day Dart River 'funyak' (inflatable canoe) and jet boat tour from Queenstown! Travel by coach to Glenorchy, where your adventure begins, and then hop aboard a jet boat and ride up the picturesque Dart River. Speeding through a landscape of outstanding natural beauty, your tour passes the 'Middle-earth' countryside that featured in the popular 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. In a secluded... More...

Queenstown Wilderness and Jet Boat Tour

Queenstown Wilderness and Jet Boat Tour

Jet Boating - Queenstown - Starting from $600.00 per person

The Queenstown Wilderness & Jet Boat Tour is a great way to explore Queenstown and the greater area with awe inspiring scenery.
Take a thrilling wilderness jet boat ride up the Dart River with breathtaking scenery and stroll through ancient beech forest. This rich and diverse landscape offers a unique combination of breathtaking scenery, exhilarating experiences and New Zealand's most exciting jet boating along glacier-fed rivers.
Visit Arrowtown, a beautiful historic gold miners town,... More...


Coronet View Bed and BreakfastCoronet View Bed and Breakfast - Bed and Breakfast.

Offering views of the surrounding mountains, Coronet View is a 4-star property in Queenstown, just 800 metres above the...

Coronet Peak Tandem Hang GlidingCoronet Peak Tandem Hang Gliding - Hang Gliding - Queenstown. Starting from $205.00 per person.

We have the most experienced hang gliding team in New Zealand and there is no better place to try your hand at hang...

 

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