New Zealand

Shotover Jet


Get ready for the World's most exciting Jet Boat ride!

No visit to Queenstown is complete without ‘Catching the Canyons’ with award winning Shotover Jet, ‘the World’s most exciting Jet Boat ride’ and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. Since 1970 over 2 million passengers have been thrilled by the unique Shotover Jet experience..

  • It's a thrilling ride - skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red'
  • Twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds
  • And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins!

The best thing of all… this is actually good for you!


  • Minimum child height restriction of 1 Metre on all trip departures
  • Children aged 10-15 can travel unaccompanied as long as a parent or guardian is on-site, but children any younger must travel with a parent or guardian aged 16 years or older

Opening times

  • Shotover Jet ‘Big Red’ Jet Boats depart up to every 15 minutes and operate every day (river and weather conditions permitting) except Christmas Day.
  • No matter what time of year, we recommend you pre-book, but particularly in peak periods to avoid an unnecessary delay or disappointment.

Shuttle service

  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from Queenstown and river base
  • Transfers depart from ‘The Station’ Info Centre, corner Shotover and Camp Streets in downtown Queenstown
  • Every 15 minutes
  • This service is free to all our Jet Boat customers, spectators are welcome to use the complimentary shuttle service on a space available basis; priority will be given to Jet Boating passengers
  • You are welcome to drive to Shotover Jet yourself; there is plenty of public car parking available

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