Crazy Hydro Attack Boat & Shark Ride

Feel the g-forces in a 6-meter long shark as our expert pilot takes you on a crazy ride on Lake Wakatipu.

map Queenstown, New Zealand
1 hour 30 min
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
10:30am & 2:00pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
6 yrs
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
FromNZD $149
Child (17 years and under): NZD $149
Family Combo #1 - THREE riders and ONE free spectator (maximum 2 adults): NZD $399
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What's Included

  • High speed thrill ride on semi-submersible shark
  • Speeds of 80kph on water
  • Speeds of 40kph under water
  • Feel like you are inside a fighter jet/torpedo
  • Skim across the beautiful Lake Wakatipu
  • Fly 5 metres up into the air
  • Exclusive to Queenstown
  • EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: SAVE $20 on the first two available spots of the day!

What's excluded

Eyewear (sunglasses / glasses) optional

Loose comfortable clothing particularly loose trousers or shorts.

Why do we love this

A unique adrenaline experience by the ORIGINALS and Shark Ride trips are one on one so you can push your OWN limits!


Get ready for Queenstown's ultimate adrenaline experience... the Hydro Attack! A high speed thrill ride in a semi-submersible shark. Sit back in the state-of-the-art cockpit and prepare to feel the g-forces as one of our expert pilots gives you an experience you’ll never forget! Reach speeds of 80kph as you skim across Lake Wakatipu and go as fast as 40kph under water - kind of like being in a torpedo! You'll also fly 5 metres into the air as the jets propel you upwards before diving back into the lake's surface. This is a once in a lifetime experience that can only be found in Queenstown!



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Early bookings are highly recommended all year round due to limited spaces available. To avoid disappointment please book early through our booking form online.

Please allow 20 minutes for individual shark experience and 1 hour for the boat trip and shark ride option. Please check-in at our booking kiosk 15 minutes before your departure time.

Yes, our minimum age is 6 years old and a parent or guardian must check in with the child to sign the consent form. Please remember Hydro Attack is a one-on-one trip so it’s only suitable for kids who are confident away from their parents.

The trips depart from our berth at the Lapsley Butson Wharf, on the Queenstown Lakefront by Earnslaw Park in central Queenstown. Check in at the booking kiosk on the lakefront in front of Patagonia Chocolates.

We’ll start your trip by cruising out of Queenstown Bay. Once we’re past the marker your driver will give you a run down of which operating area you’ll be heading for based on the current lake conditions.

Currently we only offer passenger rides. Due to the boat availability and the technicality of the machine’s controls we don’t offer a self -drive option. If you’re interested in purchasing a Seabreacher X from us we do offer Seabreacher training once you have put down a deposit. Conditions apply.

Due to the cosy confines of the cockpit it is recommended you wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes and dress in layers as it can get warm in the cockpit. You also may need to remove your footwear as per drivers request.

Our inflatable aircraft seal and thick acrylic canopy keeps the cockpit protected from the water and the weather. As we are a water-based activity there is the potential at times to get a small bit of spray or damp feet but nothing to worry about. Wet weather gear isn’t required to be worn in the craft, only the streamlined lifejacket we provide.

Due to the cosy confines of the cockpit we need to make sure that all our passengers can get in and out of the cockpit quickly and safely in the unlikely event of an emergency. Due to this there is a height restriction of 191cm (6ft 3’) and weight restriction of 100kg (220lbs or 15.75 stone) in place. If you’re over the height or weight restriction we would need you to come down to our operating berth prior to booking so one of our team can assess whether you will be comfortable in the craft. 

Yes Hydro Attack can be weather dependent. Hydro Attack’s operation can be affected by high swell on the lake, heavy rain or stormy conditions so we ask that you call HYDRO ATTACK on the phone number provided with your booking details to do a weather check at least one hour before your trip departs. If individual shark rides are cancelled you may have the option to swap to the Boat trip and shark ride option.

If you have any specific medical condition including breaks or fractures or you suffer from back or neck problems please advise us at time of booking so we can assess and advise your suitability to travel. Unfortunately if you are pregnant or have a serious heart condition we do not recommend that you ride on Hydro attack.

In a similar way to a stunt plane the g-forces and extreme maneuvering possible during an extreme ride in the Seabreacher X can affect people who suffer from acute motion sickness. While this only affects a small number of our passengers we recommend anyone coming out on a trip who wants the full adrenaline experience to avoid eating a large meal less than two hours beforehand. Alternatively just let your driver know you’re prone to motion sickness and they can adjust the trip accordingly.

The X Model is capable of 43 knots (80 km/h) on the surface and 22 knots (40km/h) under water.

We have plastic containers to hold your belongings inside our booking kiosk while you take your trip.

Due to the distance that we operate offshore it is difficult to watch the individual shark rides from the shore. We do have spectator spots on a space-available basis on the boat trip and shark ride option for $29 for adults and $19 for kids. Enquire at the kiosk.

Sorry, no loose items can be in your pockets or taken inside the shark during your trip. We provide a secure location to leave your belongings while you’re on your trip. Cameras and bags can be taken on the boat (but not the shark) on the boat trip and shark ride option.

Small print
Terms & Conditions:

  • Hydro Attack Limited is a New Zealand owned and registered company.
  • The safety of our passengers and their property is important to us and by purchasing a shark ride or spectator spot with Hydro Attack and boarding our vessels: Passengers agree that they are carried at their own risk and Hydro Attack will not be liable in any way for any injury incurred as a result of being carried. Passengers should be aware that in New Zealand any claims for personal injury are limited by a government scheme and passengers should obtain their own insurance should they wish to do so.
  • Please advise a member of our staff if you have a physical condition that may affect the enjoyment of or your safety on the ride with us. We suggest that passengers do not take any personal property or equipment in the sharks, however if passengers choose to do so then this property or equipment is carried at the PASSENGER'S OWN RISK and Hydro Attack will not be liable in any way for any loss to such property or equipment however caused. For the safety and comfort of all passengers all instructions given by the pilot must be followed and parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children do the same.

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATION OR REFUNDS We require 12 hours notice for cancellation before the booking departure time to get a full refund, after that a portion of the cost is retained. Our Boat Trip and Shark Ride product requires minimum numbers to operate. If the trip is cancelled due to minimum numbers customers will be given the option to reschedule or receive a full refund. Hydro Attack Gift Cards are valid for 180 days after the date of purchase. Extension of validity beyond the gift card expiry date is at Hydro Attack's sole discretion. Trips are weather dependent - Hydro Attack's operation can be affected by high swell on the lake, heavy rain or stormy conditions and Hydro Attack reserves the right to modify trip times and cancel trips at our sole discretion. A full refund can be given for trips cancelled by weather when the cancellation is verified by Hydro Attack. RESTRICTIONS Minimum age to ride in the shark is 6 years old. Rides in the shark are subject to a weight restriction of 105kg (231 pounds/16.5 stone) and height restriction of 193cm (6ft 4?). Hydro Attack reserve the right to cancel any trip if the passenger safety is at risk due to the customer exceeding the weight or height restrictions. Please call the Hydro Attack team if you have any questions regarding this. Trips depart from the Lapsley Butson Wharf, on Queenstown Lakefront by Earnslaw Park. Check in at the booking kiosk on the lakefront in front of Patagonia Chocolates.

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Hydro Attack
Lapsley Butson Wharf, Lakefront


FromNZD $149
Child (17 years and under): NZD $149
Family Combo #1 - THREE riders and ONE free spectator (maximum 2 adults): NZD $399
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