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Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

4.9 / 5

82 reviews

Activity provider: Skippers Canyon Jet

Skippers Canyon Thrilling Jet Boat Ride & Scenic Transfers

Activity provider: Skippers Canyon Jet
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From US$ 99.94 per person

Likely to sell out

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

About this activity

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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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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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 82 reviews

Review summary

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The only thing I was worried about was getting wet & being cold, but we all actually didn’t get that wet! Also the drive along the cliff on the way to the jet boat ride was as thrilling as the ride itself : ) I would 100% recommend this to anyone visiting Queenstown!

June 8, 2022

Amazing experience. Choose this tour!

This was such a great company and amazing people. It is a small company that is family run. Everyone was so kind and helpful. Our driver was knowledgeable and great. They take you out to this canyon that is completely private and away from the large tours. Definitely choose this one over the big brand tours.

April 17, 2019

not to be missed

This is a smallish coach (needed as the road down is very steep and narrow. There is stunning scenery to see and the driver/guide was very knowledgeable (and funny), pointing out many items of interest. The jet boat ride was awesome skimming over water & hitting the stones on the bottom, a real exhilarating activity. If you want a video of your ride then take a go pro otherwise you just get stock video, Photos of you/your group are taken after putting on life jacket and in boat before you start out. I would advise that if you are wearing shorts to carry insect repellent as the minute I got on the jet boat I was being bitten.

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February 20, 2019

Product ID: 163278