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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Adventure

Experience the MUST DO jet boat adventure in Queenstown, darting through the narrowest canyons and discovering the lands fascinating gold mining history!


  • Take an adrenaline pumping jet boat ride
  • Navigate the most dramatic canyons on the Shotover River
  • Guided tour of Skippers Canyon with knowledgable guide
  • Visit Lord of the Rings locations and learn about the gold mining history
  • Two amazing experiences rolled into one epic adventure!

New Zealand's greatest Jet Boat adventure is calling!

Combing a fascinating guided tour of Skippers Canyon and an adrenaline-pumped jet boat ride through some of the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River, this has it all.

You'll learn all about the gold mining history of Skippers Canyon as your knowledgeable guide highlights points of interest including Lord of the Rings locations, gold mining relics, and of course, the stunning scenery driving along the infamous Skippers Road!

Then gear yourself up for the thrill of a lifetime as you board the jet boat and power deep into the Skippers Canyon.

Your highly experienced driver will have your adrenaline pumping, reaching speeds in excess of 90kmph while navigating rapids, skimming past rockfaces, and maneuvering the boat just inches from the canyon walls. All this is topped off by the famous 360-degree spins which will have you reeling with excitement!

This really is New Zealand's greatest jet boat adventure - come and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Adult $159.00
Child $85.00 (3 - 15 years)

What's included

  • Return transport from central Queenstown
  • Guided tour of Skippers Canyon
  • 30 Minute Jet Boat ride


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • Departure: Be ready to depart from outside The Station Building in the centre of Queenstown on the corner of Shotover and Camp Streets 10 minutes prior to trip time.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Departures: Summer (Oct – Apr): 8.30am, 12pm and 3.30pm.

    Winter (May – Sep): 9am and 1pm.

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


37 reviews

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elas from New Zealand wrote on 04 January 2021

Adrenaline full ride

Very exciting ride, one of the best rides I experienced in New Zealand. If you are liking for adrenaline activity combined with a rough beauty of the canyon don”t hesitate to chose this one if you are in Queenstown

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Thanks Elas for the review! Yes the beauty of the canyon mixed in with the jet ride really keeps the adrenaline going all day! Thanks for coming out with us!

Susan Wills from New Zealand wrote on 08 April 2021


I love fun & excitement and this adventure on a the skippers canyon jet boat and bus ride with the most incredible scenery certainly left us feeling so pleased that we chose Skippers Canyon Jet boat adventure to do this trip. I have been on the shotover river with Skippers competitors but this trip supplied and delivered so much more, great value! I highly recommend Skippers Canyon Jet Boats and will do it again when next in Queenstown. The bus driver gave a very informative and enjoyable commentary, thanks guys for a 10/10!

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Charley Hogg from New Zealand wrote on 22 March 2021

A great start to the day!

We were filled with information and interesting stories along the way by our tour guide as we meandered through the beautiful landscapes and into the ‘dodgy’ highway to the canyon. It was a fun, slightly dangerous-looking drive and the views were incredible. The jet boat was wild but I felt completely safe and my partner and I managed to spot and pose for the majority of the cameras along the way! It began to rain as well I personally thought it added to the adventure! The final stop was my highlight; the view overlooking the bungy was picturesque and warming as the rain cleared and the sun came out.

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beth moffitt from New Zealand wrote on 18 March 2021


We had an awesome ride......the staff were great and the weather was perfect as was the scenery on the drive..enjoyed every moment...thank you to all the staff and crew..something we will never forget and always talk about

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matt Blake from New Zealand wrote on 10 March 2021

Even More than an awesome Jet Boating expierence

We booked in March 2021, and were the only two customers on board. The team made us feel very welcome and appreciated. The jet boating was epic and was exactly what we were hoping for. What we didn’t expect was the amazing views and local knowledge provided on the bus ride through Skippers Road as well. Craig the jet boat driver was friendly, relaxed and super talented. This is more than just a Jet boat experience and would highly recommend!!

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