Shotover Jet, Queenstown – New Zealand – our most EXCITING jet boat ride!
Yes, this was our most EXCITING jet boat ride!
Planning our trip to Queenstown, of course, we asked our family and friends for some recommendations and the recommendation was consistent time and time again, “do the Shotover Jet!”. I was skeptical at first, the reason we went to Queenstown was to go skiing, eating and drinking. I also knew we were planning another trip when the weather is a bit warmer to visit the rest of the South Island – but Jenna generally gets what Jenna wants and given I love a bit of adventure I simply couldn’t resist!
We arrived at The Station in central Queenstown and we were greeted by Nina at the Shotover desk. It was winter (hence the ski trip) and it was freezing. To add to the novelty, the morning of our booking we woke up to a rainy and overcast day… Nina kindly offered to re-book us on the afternoon trip to see if the weather cleared up. We are so glad we waited (thank you, Nina)! We came back at 3 pm to meet our driver who then transferred us to the Shotover canyon where the fun began. The drive is less than 10 minutes away!
The Shotover Jet Experience
When we arrived at the canyon, we were fitted with a waterproof outer layer as well as a life jacket and it was soon time for our turn.
We jumped on to the boat and were given our safety briefing, smiled for a photo and before we knew it, we were off.
The journey through the narrow canyon was exciting and fast as you skim across the water! If you’re sitting on the side of the boat, be prepared to get a little bit wet! Our driver Ryan made sure to get nice and close to the side of the canyon making for a pretty exhilarating ride, not to mention the handful of 360 degree turns!
Check out our video of our experience on the Shotover Jet.
If that sounds like something that interests you, then the Shotover Jet is for you! Prices for the Shotover Jet can be found on their website. Make sure you jump on and pre-book your seat. It is such a popular experience in Queenstown, you don’t want to miss out!!
You can also purchase the photos and video afterward from the shop which is a short walk from where the boat departs.
I highly recommend this! Not only do you get a cool video, but it comes on a very awesome Shotover Jet USB stick!
To see our other Queenstown posts including where to stay, where to eat and what else to do, click here.
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