Shotover River

Shotover River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

1. Queenstown: Shotover River and Kawarau River Jet Boat Ride

Get an adrenaline rush on a 1-hour jet boat ride, operated by the world’s first commercial jet boat company. Take in stunning views of the Remarkable Mountains and journey up 2 of South Island’s most iconic rivers.  Depart from the heart of Queenstown, and climb aboard the big yellow jet boat at the Main Town Pier. Hold on tight as you accelerate across the water and feel the exhilaration of a high-powered twin-engine boat that powers across Lake Wakatipu. Experience the twists and spins as you enter the Kawarau River and race past rocks and under bridges at speeds of up to 95 kilometers per hour.  Grip the heated handrails and experience 360° spins while you speed up the shallow channels of the Shotover River. After 45 kilometers of pure adrenaline, return to the pier and see photos and videos from your trip.

From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

2. From Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Start the tour with a fun drive to the rafting take-off point via Skippers Canyon. The 4x4 drive is an experience in itself; the narrow dirt road hugs the canyon's sheer cliffs and offers spectacular views over the river you'll soon be soaring down. At the rafting base, get fitted in all your gear and listen to a full safety briefing.  Begin your whitewater rafting adventure from Deep Creek. Cruise over peaceful waters before heading towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower canyon. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you paddle through the rapids and into the darkness of the historic, 550-foot Oxenbridge Tunnel before shooting over Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Trip

3. Queenstown: Shotover River Whitewater Rafting Trip

Enjoy the thrill of whitewater rafting on this river trip. Raft past the rugged beauty of the Shotover River, drive into Skippers Canyon, and cool off in the water. Meet in Queensland and hop on a bus to head to Skippers Canyon and the Shotover River. At the river, get into your wetsuit and learn about your rafting equipment from your guide. After a safety briefing, get into the water to begin your adventure. Raft down the Shotover, shooting through 6 grade 4-5 rapids. Navigate the Aftershock, Squeeze, Toilet, and Pinball rapids, before entering the darkness of the 170-meter-long Oxenbridge Tunnel. Between rapids, enjoy the calm water and the canyon's natural beauty. Cool off with a swim in the river or relax in the sun. Finish your rafting adventure with the challenging Cascade Rapid before arriving back at the base in Queenstown.

Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

4. Shotover River: Extreme Jet Boat Experience

Take on the ultimate jet boat experience on the Shotover River for a breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, located less than a 10-minutes drive from Queenstown. A short drive from Queenstown will have you at the shores of the Shotover River. Meet your experienced guide and gear up for your high-speed jet boat ride. Hold on tight as the driver expertly navigates the jet boat over white-water rapids and squeezes through the narrow walls of the Shotover Canyon. Speed past rocky outcrops, skim around boulders, and zip through the dramatic and narrow canyons as its walls tower above you. After 25 thrilling minutes, return to the jet base and relax on the shuttle transfer back to Queenstown.

Queenstown: Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour at 3 Locations

5. Queenstown: Progressive Dinner and Wine Tour at 3 Locations

Experience the very best of Queenstown’s renowned wineries and restaurants by night on the region’s first progressive dinner tour. We take you on a social night out to meet new friends with amazing local wines and stunning food. Start your evening with a scenic drive to Arthurs Point to enjoy an entrée and an award winning gin/vodka tasting flight. Take a drive through the valley of the vines for a stunning main paired with local Central Otago wines in the Gibbston Valley wine region. Wrap up your night with a decadent dessert in the heart of Queenstown paired with an after-dinner digestif, cocktail or wine with views to the lake.

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What people are saying about Shotover River

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 313 reviews

The adrenaline mixed with spectacular scenery and a very informative guide was the perfect recipe for a New Zealand experience. It’s my second time and I would definitely do it again!

Such a fun thrilling experience. Would definitely recommend doing this Shotover ride to anyone travelling to QT.

What a blast. Fun. And you also get to see the views of the surrounding landscape. Do it!!

It was fun plus i also got to see so much of Queenstown by the lake and the rivers!

Gr8 fun. Comfy seats too. Wear a beannie as can get quite cold plus sunnies