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KJet Queenstown

KJet 1 hour Jetboat Ride in Queenstown

Help code: 37DF-2165


8 reviews
  • 60 minute wild ride on the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers
  • Departs from the centre of Queenstown
  • Experience the world’s first Jet boat ride
  • 360 degree spins and views
  • 45km of pure adrenalin and unforgettable thrills
  • Travel up to 95kph in water that's less than 5cm deep in places
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A Queenstown jet boat ride is a must-do during any trip to New Zealand's South Island; zoom at high speed amongst some truly stunning New Zealand scenery with a 1 hour jet boating experience in Queenstown for top sightseeing thrills spread out over an amazing 45 kilometre journey. This extended 60 minute jet boat ride incorporates the best of 3 renowned NZ bodies of water - Lake Wakatipu, and the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers all in one tour. Join your jet boating hosts and board a twin-engine powered jet boat vessel and travel along the pristine waters of Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu surrounded by iconic mountains before heading onto the Kawarau River where the tricks and stunts begin in earnest. Zip over its green waters as your experienced driver performs 360° spins and more while soaking up the scenery.

Next, head into the narrow canyons of the Shotover River with its famously shallow waters as you're piloted between its close, rocky walls at jaw-droppingly high speeds of up to 95 kilometres per hour. All of this adrenaline is conducted amongst the amazing Queenstown scenery that makes the region such a popular holiday spot, and there's a reason there are few spots in the world more famous for jet boating than Queenstown is. One of Queenstown's true must-do experiences, book yourself a jet boating adventure online today.


  • 60 minute thrilling Queenstown Jet boating experience
  • Experience both the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers
  • 360 degree spins and views
  • Life jacket


  • Photos and videos of your Jet Boat experience can be purchased when you return at an additional cost


  • 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world’s most stunning locations
  • Your twin engine Jet boat roars across crystal clear Lake Wakatipu at breath-taking speed, surrounded by majestic mountains and mesmerising scenery
  • You zoom under the Kawarau Dam onto the deep green waters of The Kawarau River, complete with lots of 360° spins
  • The adventure heightens as your driver navigates the fast moving currents of the narrow braided Shotover River
  • Racing up the shallow channels at speeds of up to 95 KPH in water that’s less than 10cm deep in places
  • Photos from your trip can be purchased when you return at an additional cost


  • Tours depart daily at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. In summer (October - March) there are 9am, 10am, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm departure times also
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure


  • Main Town Pier on the Queenstown Lakefront, Marine Parade, Queenstown
  • Look out for the yellow KJet signage on the Main Town Pier

What To Bring

  • Warm jacket or fleece
  • Casual footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

Additional Information

  • Children aged between 5 and 15 years are eligible for child rate. Child age 2-4 years ride FREE with an accompanying parent or caregiver
  • The operator reserves the right to cancel or amend a trip due to weather or unforeseen circumstances at any stage. In this case you are given an option to rebook or receive a full refund
  • Personal items such as mobile phones and cameras can be taken on board the Jet Boat at your own liability and risk
  • Each of our eight Jet boats have heated handrails to help keep you that little bit warmer in winter. We also have gloves, hats and neck gaiters which are available to purchase
  • Spray jackets are not provided

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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Arnika South 5 years ago
Hamish was amazing and gave us an amazing ride. He helped our kids in and out of the boat and made them feel super special. I would definitely do this ride again. The photo pack was a great deal and the kids loved being able to see the fish and eel under the water at the end.
Was a great tour

Was a great tour, but the wind is absolutely freezing so I would next time bring a jacket and some earplugs for the wind pressure. Our driver gave us some info on places throughout the tour which was cool. Our engine had a little issue so we happily pulled over to this beautiful grass area for pictures. Best outcome ever.

Portia Davids 4 years ago
We took KJet’s one hour jet boat ride in Queenstown

We took KJet’s one hour jet boat ride in Queenstown. On arrival, the staff were very friendly and cheerful, helping us with our waterproof vest and float jackets, with the driver being just as friendly. After we got seated and the safety precautions explained, we took off. It was a very thrilling experience, with a picturesque view. At least, for about the first half hour. That was when the spinning and thrilling bends finally kicked in. I simply sat there trying not to throw up for the rest. Just a warning for the faint of stomach! Otherwise, it was overall a very fun experience, and can produce some stunning pictures and memories to take back.

Ken Wee Kee 5 years ago
Hamish was amazing and gave us an amazing ride

Hamish was amazing and gave us an amazing ride. He helped our kids in and out of the boat and made them feel super special. I would definitely do this ride again. The photo pack was a great deal and the kids loved being able to see the fish and eel under the water at the end.

Arnika South 5 years ago
Had the best time

Had the best time. Loved every minute of the ride. Could do this 100 times over. Great driver, he was so fantastic. The Jet Boat experience is incredible, adventurous and fun! Sit in the back for lots of water. Sit in the front for the most harrowing feelings that you might not avoid canyon walls and boulders even though you KNOW you will!

Kim Loong Yue 5 years ago
The ride was awsome the kids and wife loved it

The ride was awsome the kids and wife loved it. The team at KJet were great and very well organized. Safety was always the priority along with making it lots of fun. I will recommend this ride to anyone. Andy was our driver and he done great job.

Bobi Petkovski 6 years ago
We had a great time jet boating out in Queenstown bay

We had a great time jet boating out in Queenstown bay. The staff were friendly and efficient and our driver was awesome! Very fast spins and great views! I couldn't believe how crystal clear the water was even at 2.5 metres deep! Great day overall.

Samantha 7 years ago
Like the title suggests

Like the title suggests, a lot of awesome spins, slips, and dips on this trip. Longer than the other operators and guided by the best. Keep your hands inside at all times as they like to keep the adrenalin up. And lastly, thank god for those hand warmers haha. Well worth money and recommend to anyone visiting Queenstown.

Ben 8 years ago
Wicked jet boat ride with awesome guides

Wicked jet boat ride with awesome guides. I did both this trip and the Shotover but preferred this one as it was much longer and you got to see more. I was really surprised how close the boat gets to the rocks, trees in the water etc. So scary but so awesome!! Loved this!

Mich 8 years ago
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Julie Parker KJet Queenstown

Experience the Thrill of New Zealand’s Original Jet boat and the Pioneer of Adventure Tourism in Queenstown- exhilarating riders for 60 years.

Will you get wet? Well, part of the fun with Jet boating is the spray and drama! We provide full length spray jackets (with hoods) to wear under your life jacket so you will be kept mostly dry and warm. If you are really worried about getting wet then please request to our staff that you'd prefer to sit in the centre seats of the boat (but please note we can't guarantee seating).
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