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Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

1. Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

Enjoy a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon followed by a thrilling jet boat ride through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River! Take on the only jet boat ride where you experience the historic gold mining relics that still remain in the river and Lord of the Rings locations.  Meet your friendly driver in central Queenstown and head up into historic Skippers Canyon. Enjoy live on-board commentary from your knowledgeable driver and marvel at the stunning scenery. Journey through a land rich in gold mining history and breathtaking views via the infamous Skippers Canyon Road, hand-carved out of the vertical rock face over 120 years ago.  Upon arrival to the Shotover River, you will be provided with a life jacket and warm gloves. Feel your adrenaline surge as you power deep into Skippers Canyon through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River. Highly skilled jet boat drivers maneuver the boat just inches from the sheer canyon walls. Your excitement levels will be sky high with speeds in excess of 80kph and a series of full 360° spins. After your ride, your driver will take you back to the jet boat base to view footage from your ride before the trip back to Queenstown through the breathtaking canyon!

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From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

2. From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Start the tour with a fun drive to the rafting take-off point via Skippers Canyon. The 4x4 drive is an experience in itself; the narrow dirt road hugs the canyon's sheer cliffs and offers spectacular views over the river you'll soon be soaring down. At the rafting base, get fitted in all your gear and listen to a full safety briefing.  Begin your whitewater rafting adventure from Deep Creek. Cruise over peaceful waters before heading towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you paddle through the rapids and into the darkness of the historic, 550-foot Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting over Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

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Queenstown: Shotover Canyon Giant Rope Swing

3. Queenstown: Shotover Canyon Giant Rope Swing

Feel an adrenaline rush like no other as you jump off a 109-meter (357-foot) high cliff, experience a 60-meter (197-foot) free fall, then swing over 200 meters (656 feet) out into the stunning Shotover Canyon. Take the leap with the help of your expert jump-masters, who will bring you back to the platform after your swing. Start your adventure checking in with the local partner's crew at the central meeting point in Queenstown. Then, take a 15-minute drive out to the stunning Shotover Canyon. After a short briefing, get helped into your harness and choose your jump style: forwards, backwards, upside down, flips, or even off on the chair! Fling yourself off the platform edge and delight in a thrilling experience. Once your swing is over, check out your photos and videos and decide if you would like to purchases them to show off to your friends. Finally, the local partner's team will drop you back in town at the original meeting point.

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Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

4. Queenstown: Gibbston Valley Half-Day Canyoning Adventure

Get introduced to the fun and thrilling sport of canyoning at Kawarau Canyon on an half-day tour. Jump in a van for a 20-minute van transfer from downtown Queenstown into Gibbston Valley's wine country. Immerse yourself in the sport of canyoning whilst enjoying the beauty of your natural surroundings. Professional and qualified guides will kit you out with all the best equipment. Benefit from a full safety briefing and demonstration on all the elements of canyoning before heading out for adventure. You'll take an easy 5-minute walk to the canyon start point. Before you know it, you'll be off down the canyon, sliding natural watersides, trying your hand at abseiling down waterfalls and having the most awesome summer experience ever. This canyon is open to first-time canyoners as well as experienced adventure seekers, looking for an awesome activity in a safe and controlled environment.

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From Queenstown: Skippers Canyon 4-Wheel-Drive Tour

5. From Queenstown: Skippers Canyon 4-Wheel-Drive Tour

Take a drive through the historic Skippers Canyon on this half-day heritage adventure along the rugged and treacherous Skippers road. While your guide navigates this awe-inspiring canyon, visit many historic sites such as the Skippers suspension bridge and the township of Skippers. In this town long since abandoned, discover the many original buildings waiting for exploration. Visit the restored schoolhouse and gain an insight into the local heritage of life in this tough environment through photographs and artifacts from the early days of the settlement. On your return to Queenstown, stop to try your hand at gold panning in one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world.  Created by being hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley and heavily featured in "The Lord of the Rings," British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world.  

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Mt Aspiring Full-Day Canyoning Adventure from Queenstown

6. Mt Aspiring Full-Day Canyoning Adventure from Queenstown

Climb aboard the shuttle through Wanaka and head to Mt Aspiring National Park near the West Coast of the South Island, a UNESCO world heritage area. Untouched and hidden, its raw green beauty is absolutely breathtaking, showcasing why New Zealand is renowned for being 100% pure.  Arrive at the canyon and be kitted out with canyoning equipment. Your professional and qualified guide will give you a full safety briefing and explain all the canyoning techniques you will need for the day. Set off on a 25-minute bush walk to the start of the canyon. Make the most of your day by pumping waterfalls, making big technical jumps, and abseiling. The canyon returns you back to the car park where you set off. Get changed and enjoy a picnic lunch before setting off on the trip back to Queenstown. If time allows, enjoy a beer stop in Wanaka and relive all the extreme adventures you have just achieved.

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What people are saying about Queenstown

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

Definitely a Queenstown must-do. Amazing guide Rob and the trip was super fun! Great historical info but not 24/7 talking which is great on bus rides. Very accommodating and made us very reassured as the road can be a bit bumpy!

Best day out, drive down the canyon was amazing along with the jet boat ride was such a great experience!!!! 10/10

Great experience, very comical and experienced staff. Definately recommend.

Informative guide and Spectacular view in the canyon, one must not missed.

Great adventure from pick up through to drop off. Awesome team/staff.