Rock Walls, Narrow Canyons and a Shotover Jet

11 July 2011

On my recent visit to Queenstown, New Zealand the Shotover Jet was on the to-do-list. Last time I went it was booked out so I was thrilled that this time we booked in advance and I was guaranteed a seat on the jet boat.

 Shotover River

I had been on one jet boat before in the Sydney harbour, which was lots of fun but in comparison it had nothing on Queentown's famous Shotover Jet! The feeling of skimming along the gorgeous Shotover river within centimetres of huge rock walls in the narrow canyons filled us with laughter and excitement. The driver did a few 360˚'s in the ‘open' area of the river which gave us a scary but fun thrill! I think Helen who was sitting next to me may have been slightly deaf from my screaming and laughing by the time we got off the ride.

The ride is fantastic for people who want a little adrenalin kick and lots of fun. If you are a bit of a scaredy cat I suggest sitting in the middle of the boat as you feel slightly more protected. If you are an adrenalin junkie sit behind the driver, on the left hand side of the boat to get up-close-and-personal with the rock walls (this is where I sat).

There is a spectators area if you are with anyone who doesn't want to ride (although they would be crazy not to do it!) and a complimentary shuttle service from the centre of Queenstown.

Now the big question... where do you sit to stay dry? Well, you'll have to go on it to find out!

Sam Locke

Sam is a social media specialist who, after travelling and living overseas, set her sights on a career in travel. Although relaxing, wining and dining in a five star property is of great appeal, Sam equally enjoys exploring the world armed with a backpack, sampling street food and experiencing foreign culture.