Skippers Canyon Tour with Jet Boat Ride

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Highlights & inclusions

Skippers Canyon Scenic Tour
30 minute thrilling jet boat ride
Informative commentary
Spectacular scenery & photo opportunities
Return transport to central Queenstown
3 hours for the entire experience
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience

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Fri, Jul 19, 2024

What you can expect

Experience Queenstown's spectacular historic and scenic Skippers Canyon on this exciting 3 hour experience including 30 minute jet boat ride. The guided tour begins with return hotel transfers from Queenstown to Skippers Canyon via the infamous Skippers Canyon Road with informative commentary as you venture into this region that is rich in gold mining history. Half of the fun is the adventure to the upper Shotover River where you will join the jet boat ride. Take in spectacular scenery along the way. Once you reach the boat, you will zip past narrow canyons and sheer rock walls with spectacular scenery at speeds of 80 kmph. Enjoy 360 degree spins, twist and turns throughout the 30 minute jet boat ride.

Guided jet boat ride tours are held twice daily with additional tours available in summer. Tours depart from The Station Building in central Queenstown and visitors should allow 3 hours for the entire experience. Don't miss out on this high speed jet boat adventure along Skippers Canyon. Book your tickets online here!


What you need to know

  • Guided scenic tour into Skippers Canyon with 30 minute jet boat ride
  • Total of 3 hours for the entire experience
  • On board commentary from the knowledgeable drivers
  • 30 minute thrilling jet boat ride through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River
  • Highly skilled jet boat drivers manoeuvre the boat just inches from the sheer canyon walls
  • Speeds in excess of 80kmh and a series of full 360 degree spins
  • Guided tour into Skippers Canyon
  • Spectacular scenery and photo opportunities
  • Spray jackets and life jackets for the jet boat trip
  • Summer (October - April): 8.30am, 12pm and 3.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
  • Winter (May - September): 9am and 1pm
  • Meet outside the Station Building on the corner of Shotover and Camp Streets, Queenstown, 9300
  • Please arrive 10 mins before departure time
  • Allow 3 hours for whole experience
Departure Location
  • JET BOAT TOUR: Departs outside The Station Building.
What To Bring
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm top
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Water
  • Camera
Additional Information
  • This is a true back country experience, getting there is half the fun!
  • We recommend using the toilet before you depart town, toilets are available at The Station building
  • 'No shows' or cancellations within 24 hours of departure are non-refundable
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Please advise if you have any serious back problems or are pregnant
Cancellation Policy
  • ‘No shows’ or cancellations within 24hrs of departure time are non-refundable.
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

Recent reviews

55 reviews

Jet boating and sightseeing tours rolled together in one.

Really great experience. Not just a high-quality jet boat ride on a beautiful stretch of the Shotover River, but a beautifully narrated sightseeing tour and history of Queenstown at the same time. Sets this tour aside from other jet boating tours by far.

Simon McFerran 10 months ago

Would 100% recommend doing this tour. You get a lot done in the time without feeling rushed at all.

Great tour guides. Bus driver Bob was amazing. Very knowledgeable and operating like a well-oiled machine. Felt very safe and organised. This is a fun tour, with good photo opportunities and the jetboat was super fun. I would highly recommend going for the price.

Sophia Pope 10 months ago

Had a great time

Had a great time. The bus drive there was just as good as the boat trip. We got the 8:30 am tour and it was only about a handful of people which made it extra special. Definitely wear a raincoat and bring a jumper. Thanks for the lovely tour. New Zealand is tops.

Shannon Sinnott over 4 years ago