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The Shotover Jet

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published September 27th 2011
Taking the Shotover Jet is an exciting, adrenalin filled river experience. It is a bit like white water rafting, but with a motor that can go really, really fast. You'll hop aboard the jet boat, and then zip down the river, getting just a little bit wet along the way.

The jet boats can get up to 85kph, and sometimes in water only 10cm deep. They operate in the Shotover River Canyons, and are the only company able to use the area. You'll speed past walls of rock and gorgeous landscapes as the wind rushes past you and the water sprays over the boat.

Before you climb aboard they'll make sure that everything is taken care of. Raincoats and life vests are provided, to make sure that the experience is not only fun, but also safe. You might end up a little bit wet, but it is more than worth it in the end.

A jet boat ride may not sound like the ultimate adventure when Queenstown has so many other thrill-seeking activities on offer, but it is really something that you have to experience. You'll scream and cheer as you whip around corners, and you'll come out of the ride feeling like you've defied death. Thankfully you haven't, the friendly and funny tour operators are skilled drivers and always make sure you're out of harms way.

Once you take a trip on the Shotover Jet you'll fell like its the only way to travel on the water. For adults, 16-years and older, the ride will cost $119, and for kids 5-15 you'll pay $69. There are also family passes available that give you other savings at businesses around Queenstown.

See the website for more details on booking your Shotover Jet experience, and for information on what you'll need to bring with you.
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Why? An adrenalin filled river boat ride
When: All year round subject to weather conditions
Where: Gorge Road, Arthurs Point (Free Shuttle from 'The Station' Info Centre)
Cost: Adults: $119, Children: $69
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