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Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

Activity provider: Skippers Canyon Jet

Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

Activity provider: Skippers Canyon Jet

From US$ 119.57 per person

ee breathtaking views on a tour of Skippers Canyon and then speed down Shotover River on a jet boat.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Experience the stunning scenery of Skippers Canyon
  • Travel the infamous Skippers Canyon Road - where no rental car is insured!
  • Jet through the narrowest canyons on the famous Shotover River
  • Discover a land rich in gold mining history where getting into the canyon is half the adventure!
Full description

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. Experience speeds in excess of 80kph and a series of full 360° spins. 

After your ride, take you back to the jet boat base to view footage from your ride before the trip back to Queenstown through the breathtaking canyon.

  • Return transport from central Queenstown
  • Guided tour into Skippers Canyon
  • Informative commentary from knowledgeable bus driver
  • 30-minute jet boat ride on the upper Shotover River
  • Spectacular scenery and photo opportunities
  • Life jackets and spray jackets (gloves in winter)
  • Meals and drinks
  • Photo or video packages (available for purchase on the day)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems

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Meeting point

Station Building, corner of Shotover and Camp Streets, Central Queenstown. Meet the driver outside by the wooden benches on the Camp Street side.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This is a true backcountry experience and getting there is half the fun!
  • It is recommended to use the toilet prior to departing Queenstown as there will not be an opportunity to do so on the tour
  • Dress for the conditions on the day, wear warm clothing and bring a hat, sunglasses, camera, insect repellent and water
  • Minimum age requirement is 3 years for children
  • Tour is suitable for all ages as long as mobility is not a problem
  • Please advise the local operator if you have any medical conditions, back problems or are pregnant
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 109 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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The highlight of our Queenstown experience! We were told this was the best Jet Boat experience and we 100% believe we made the right choice. Our tour bus guide was informative and entertaining on the thrilling journey across stunning landscapes down to skippers canyon. The best photos from our trip are from those photo stops. The Jet boat driver was amazing as he narrowly drove us through the canyon at high speeds, an adrenaline rush for sure. Would definitely recommend this.

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October 13, 2022

We have been here a week and done a few touristy things , this was by far the most amazing thing we have done. We had a great guide / driver and what an amazing drive we had the most hectic drive but done safely. Also very capable and professional jet boat driver. It was fun , informative and highly recommended . If you only want to do one thing …, do this

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September 15, 2022

This experience was everything I expected it to be and more. The guide was very informative. The road into the canyon was spectacular. Not for the feint hearted. It's a 2 way road wide enough, for the most part, only one vehicle. Glad we didn't encounter one coming the other direction ;) The jet boat was AWESOME. The driver was clearly VERY experienced. Would highly recommend to anyone just thinking about it. JUDT DO IT!!!

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September 8, 2022

Product ID: 163278