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This exhilarating jet-boat ride from Queenstown covers 29 miles (47 km) of waterways at speeds up to 60 mph (95 kph). Make your way to the jet boat base at the downtown pier and board the powerful vessel for a 1-hour narrated tour across Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River. 

After a safety briefing given by your driver-guide, snap on your provided life jacket over any wet-weather gear. Once you pull away from the Queenstown waterfront and race across Lake Wakatipu, admire stunning views of Queenstown Bay, the Remarkables mountain range, Cecil Peak and Kelvin Peninsula. Listen to commentary on regional history, geology and wildlife as the jet boat skims across the shimmering cobalt waters of New Zealand’s longest lake. 

You’ll zoom under the Kawarau Bridge and navigate through narrow passageways of the Kawarau River. Designed to soar across shallow water and perform tight turns, the jet boat grants you unrivaled access to the stunning wilderness beyond the Kawarau Dam. Hold on tight as your driver maneuvers the jet boat into 360-degree spins, fishtails and long slides that kick up sheets of spray. 

Your jet-boat ride ends back at the dock in Queenstown, where you can purchase photos of your adventure.
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Go Orange Thunder Jet
Access remote wilderness areas on this Queenstown jet-boat tour across Lake Wakatipu and down the Kawarau River. The high-speed 1-hour ride is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping as your expert driver maneuvers into 360-degree spins, performs fishtail turns and navigates between narrow canyon walls. Snap photos of your scenic surroundings, including the Remarkables mountain range, and watch bungy jumpers plunge from the Kawarau Bridge. You have several tour times to choose from throughout the day.
  • 1-hour jet boat ride on Lake Wakatipu and the Kawarau River
  • Take in the scenic surroundings of the lake and bay
  • Admire views of the Queenstown waterfront, the Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Kawarau Falls Dam
  • Enjoy the excitement of high-speed turns, 360 degree spins, shallow water and sheer power
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Must do activity

Super fun ride. Harley (the driver) was lovely and delivered just the right amount of thrills and speed. Look for a deal on ‘Book Me’ - we saved quite a bit that way.

Thank Morbee
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile
Fun way to see the river

We got a cheap deal on bookme and didn't expect too much from the 1 hour trip. Our guide Jim was really good though and made the trip heaps of fun and really knew some interesting facts. Throw in some 360 turns and you have...More

Thank James O
GoOrangeNZ, Manager at Go Orange Thunder Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, very happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with Go Thunder Jet, good advice to wrap up warm, although it is getting warmer now :) Thanks

Reviewed 17 July 2018
Awesome experience!

We chose this jet boat ride because it offered value for money and the duration of the ride was an hour. Some of the other companies out there only offer a 25 minute experience! My partner and I really enjoyed this experience, although our fingers...More

1  Thank jessicatheexplorer
GoOrangeNZ, Manager at Go Orange Thunder Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Good advice, almost pays to wear your ski gear in winter! Thanks for taking the time to review Thunder Jet, hope you enjoyed your Queenstown adventure :)

Reviewed 15 June 2018
A must do

A lot of fun and a great way to see the lake in Queenstown. We purchased our tickets online a few hours before we went and saved a little bit of money. Friendly service and friendly staff. A must do in Queenstown.

Thank Melindak77
Haley K, Manager at Go Orange Thunder Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Thanks Melinda, glad to hear you enjoyed your Thunder Jet ride, great to have your feedback. Thanks

Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile
Really fun and beautiful

The ride was really fun, we had good commentary by our driver (I forgot his name but he was great!) and the ride had music. It was very very cold but it's all worth it.

Thank Anne62738299518
Haley K, Manager at Go Orange Thunder Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Thanks Anne, it can get bitterly cold on the water in Winter but you are right it is definitely worth the trip. Great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Tahnks

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