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Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour

Queenstown, New Zealand

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


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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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
19 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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What is the maximum group size during Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

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


1,155 Reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers
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, 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!
Awesome experience
, 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!!
Best jet boat ride
, 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.
Good day out
, 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
Great scenery
, 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.
Great views on bus ride and jet boat!
, 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.
Great trip, excellent value
, 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.
Up the river.
, Nov 2019
Very well run smaller business, great drivers and knowledgeable guides as well.Great fun, the bus is getting a bit old though .
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!
Skippers Canyon was a blast
, 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

Product code: 5316P1

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