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Skippers Canyon and Jet Boat Ride

Skippers Canyon Jet is a well established Queenstown jet boat company that operates in the spectacular Skippers Canyon. It is widely regarded as the best value jet boat tour available due to the inclusion of a fully guided scenic tour with on board commentary from our knowledgeable bus drivers, plus a thrilling jet boat ride through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River. Skippers Canyon Jet also have exclusive access to the Sainsbury Gold Claim and Winky’s Gold Mining Museum that play host to a vast array of gold mining relics.
The drive into Skippers Canyon is an adventure in itself as the bus winds its way down the historic Skippers Road which was chiselled out of the sheer rock face by the miners over 120yrs ago. Then on the jet boat ride the adrenaline really starts to surge as the craft is skillfully manoeuvred just inches from the steep canyon walls with speeds in excess of 80km/h and a series of 360 degree spins. Disused gold mining equipment still remains in the river and is visible from the boat as well as a number of Lord of the Rings locations.
Skippers Canyon Jet offers a great balance of stunning scenery, local history and a thrilling jet boat ride.

This really is a must do tour whilst your in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Taking in the sights of Skippers canyon and some of the filming locations for the Lord of the Rings films.

Day 1
Half Day tour of Skippers Canyon

The tour starts in Queenstown, where you meet your driver / guide for a journey to remember.

During your time in Skippers Canyon, you will see some of the area’s used for the filming of the Lord of the Rings films, you also get the chance to pan for gold, visit a mining museum and of course a fantastic ride on a jet boat.

What's Included

  • Fully guided tour with bus driver commentary into Skippers Canyon
  • Stunning scenery, photo opportunities and Lord of the Rings locations
  • Thrilling 30 minute jet boat adventure on the upper Shotover River
  • Spray jackets and life jackets included for the boat ride
  • Exclusive access to the Sainsbury Gold Claim and Winky’s Museum
  • Gold panning in an original gold claim and light refreshments
  • Return travel from central Queenstown
  • 4hr round trip

What's NOT Included

  • Meals


Can I book just the tour into Skippers Canyon

Yes, if you wish to upgrade to the Jet Boat once in the canyon, that can be arranged.

Are there toilet facilities

Yes, but limited to the museum area.

Do i have to go on this tour in the morning

No, there are morning and afternoon tours, but they are subject to availability.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Skippers Canyon and Jet Boat Ride
From $ 195.00
per Adult
From $ 115.00
per Child Per Person NZ$

Trip Facts

  • Air-conditioned coach / Jet Boat
  • 1+
  • 4 Hours
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