Queenstown Jet Boat

Experience 25 or 60 minutes of exhilarating adventure from the heart of Queenstown’s town centre. Jump on our Queenstown Jet for an adrenaline rush like no other.

Our jet boat rides are filled with speed, thrills and plenty of those famous 360-degree spins. Take in the stunning scenery with the wind in your face as we race across Lake Whakatipu and head down the Kawarau River. Our experienced drivers will get you up close and personal with the lake's edge, skimming past trees and any obstacles in the way. Be sure to hold on to your hats as we navigate under not one, but two bridges at speed.

Want the ultimate jet boat adventure? Check out our Jet Boat + Whitewater Rafting Combo.

  • Speeds up to 95kmph & epic 360-degree spins
  • 25 or 60 minute exciting ride to the Kawarau River
  • Expert and passionate guides
  • New family packages available - 2 adults, 2 children (5-15 years)
  • Designed with unique illustrations made to get you even closer to nature


Departure Location

Queenstown Jet Kiosk, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown.

 If you have booked a seat on the Jet Boat please arrive 15 minutes before departure so we can give you all the gear you need for your trip.

What’s included

  • 25 minute or 60 minute thrilling Jet Boat ride
  • 360 degree spins
  • Life jacket
  • Guaranteed epic views

Our Boats

Black is the new orange. We’ve given our jet boats a new lease of life, stripping back colour to reflect the raw and real environment around us. These fresh illustrations are designed to get you even closer to nature, as you dart through Queenstown’s hidden landscapes.

  • 820 horsepower twin V8 Engines
  • Marine sound system
  • Self-draining deck
  • Built-in floatation tanks
  • Hamilton Jets 213 jet pumps
  • Designed by Mackraft Jet Boats in Bluff

What to bring

Please bring sensible clothing and footwear. You are more than welcome to wear your sunglasses, hats and other accessories should they be securely fastened to your body – if they fly off, we can’t pick them up. Don’t forget to bring your camera, Go Pro’s and video devices. Selfie sticks are also welcome. We want to see your adventure!

  • Summer - Warm Clothes, Rain Jacket, Sunglasses, Sunscreen & Camera (at own risk)
  • Winter - Warm Clothes, Rain Jacket/Windproof Layer, Woolly Hat, Gloves, Sunglasses, & Camera (at own risk)

Why us?

  • Twin V8 engines delivering 820 horsepower
  • 360 degree spins + upto 95KMPH
  • We go further than anyone else! 44km up the historic Kawarau River on the 60 minute adventure
  • 60 minutes or 25 minutes Jet Boat experience, longest in town


Jet Boat Queenstown - Itinerary

  • Make your way down to the Kiosk on the Queenstown waterfront. Look for the RealNZ flags and black jet boats.
  • Check in 15 minutes before your experience so we can get you geared up and ready to go.
  • Place your belongings in our secure lockers (don’t forget your camera and sunglasses).
  • Our staff will supply life vests as you wait for your driver.
  • Hop onto the jet boat where you will get a full safety briefing.
  • Hold on as we exit Queenstown Bay at speed.
  • Jet across Lake Whakatipu fitting in plenty of those famous 360-degree spins.
  • Our drivers will take you down the Kawarau River, under The Remarkables mountain range before spinning back round, Queenstown bound.
  • 25 or 60 minute thrilling minutes later we will have you back to Queenstown Bay.


In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions our customers ask about our trips. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.

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