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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown, New Zealand

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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour from Queenstown, New Zealand

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Enjoy two trips in one on this good-value jet boat tour: a guided tour of Skippers Canyon and a thrilling ride on the Shotover River. Zip up some of the narrowest canyons on the Upper Shotover, and learn about the gold mining history of the area from your knowledgeable guide on the journey there. This combined tour is ideal for history buffs and adrenaline seekers.
  • Experience a 2-for-1 trip that combines excitement and learning
  • Enjoy year-round departures
  • Depart from central Queenstown and travel along the infamous Skippers Road
  • Learn about the history of Skippers Canyon on the commentated bus journey
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GST (Goods and Services Tax)
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Driver/guide
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
19 Shotover Street , 19 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Trips depart from outside the Station Building on the corner of Shotover and Camp Streets in central Queenstown. Please be there 10mins before trip departure time. Dates: See Availability

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Activity may me cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Please dress for the conditions on the day.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Skippers Canyon Jet
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "An amazing booking in total, with the 25 minutes on the water being the best part." See review

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star-5
Best Jet Boat Experience.
Hayley_F
, Jun 2022
Epic adventure. Pete the driver over Skippers Road was awesome, amazing local knowledge. The thrill of the drive over added an element to the experience, not found on other jet boat trips. Jet boat ride was thrilling and again awesome knowledge from the driver. Highly recommend this trip.
star-5
Making memories
Nga_T
, Jun 2022
Had so much fun, definitely worth doing it. Service was professional and friendly. Was value for money!
star-5
Wow, Must do!
Lesili_F
, Jun 2022
OMG! Hands down, the best thing we (group of friends) had done in Queenstown NZ. I don’t do reviews, but this is one not too miss… Our Tour guide/drive was very professional, knowledgeable (history) and friendly which made it easier for us to trust him with our lives (the drive up and down the canyon on the very small road). The mesmerising views are to die for, you get your money’s worth just from that. The jet boat on the other hand is a different story, my face is still recovering (in a good way) from the free face lift. I would go into to more details about our experience, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. Will definitely be back with my family, thank you Skipper’s Canyon Jet Boat for the unforgettable experience/memories.
star-5
Great morning out
lynschumacher
, May 2022
Absolutely loved the skippers canyon and especially the Jet boat. Would recommend highly and I was a bit nervous beforehand. Just do it, it was the highlight of the trip👍
star-5
So much fun
Rose_S
, Apr 2022
Had the best jet boy driver! Stunning river to do it on. Absolutely beautiful! Awesome bus drive to get us there!
star-5
Fantastic tour and Thrilling Jet boat ride
Ruth_S
, Apr 2022
The tour started with a prompt pick up with a bus journey through some jaw dropping scenery - some white knuckle moments on the not so bus friendly track with great interesting commentary from our tour guide we then boarded the jet boat and experienced 20 mins of sheer joy and adrenalin overload. The talent and skill of our skipper from thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed - an absolute must do tour.
star-5
Well worth doing
Melanie_G
, Jul 2021
Awesome tour. Terrific van and boat drivers, both were friendly, fun and knowledgeable. Jet boat ride was so much fun.
star-5
Yikes
Johnny_M
, Mar 2020
The ride, I'm guessing, is similar to Shotover Jets'. The bus ride there, on a single lane, edge of the cliff, dirt road, with opposite direction traffic, was more harrowing!
star-5
Awesome experience
Kimberly_W
, Mar 2020
Skippers Canyon Jet Boat was AWESOME!!! The driver who picked us up was great...almost a 2 in one tour, as we enjoyed the drive there and tour and the boat ride was awesome! The boat driver was great too. Quality stuff from Skippers!!
star-5
Best jet boat ride
Sonya_D
, Mar 2020
This tour was the best of all the jet boats. Bus drive out was fabulous, entertaining with a brilliant driver. Scenery out of this world. Jet boat ride was exhilarating through incredible canyons. Skilled and pleasant driver.
star-5
Good day out
Colin_W
, Feb 2020
The canyon drive to the boat location was a thrill in itself and I was glad for the careful driving of the guide and his commentary
star-5
Great scenery
Michael_V
, Feb 2020
Trip starts with a 45 min Bus trip over the mountains via gravel road. The views were great. The boat tour runs with full speed up to the river and includeds a lot of 360 degree turns.
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star-5
Great views on bus ride and jet boat!
sastanczak
, Feb 2020
This wasn’t advertised but I really loved the scenic bus ride to the jet boat tour! This jet boat ride was fun but could have been longer and faster! Didn’t get very wet.
star-5
Great trip, excellent value
Darren_M
, Jan 2020
Great trip, thoroughly enjoyed, even the member of our party that was not looking forward to it. Great staff, felt completely safe the whole time and will looked after on this trip.
star-5
Up the river.
tonyarmstrong1267
, Nov 2019
Very well run smaller business, great drivers and knowledgeable guides as well.Great fun, the bus is getting a bit old though .
star-5
Thrilling and Informative
Timothy M
, Nov 2019
This was the 1st booking on our New Zealand trip and it set the stage. Great narration by Willie, scenic drive along the canyon, and a thrilling jet boat ride along the water. An amazing booking in total, with the 25 minutes on the water being the best part. Thanks for a great adventure!
star-5
Skippers Canyon was a blast
Connector62677130235
, May 2019
Willie was knowledgeable, fun and safe. The trip in was amazing and the views second to none. Would definitely recommend the tour and the boat. It’s a must do in Queenstown! I
star-5
Génial !!
Perrine_A
, Mar 2020
Super !!! Le chemin dans cette magnifique montagne où on aurait jamais été s’aventurer et le bateau. On a adoré !!

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