Thunder Jet Boat Queenstown

Jet boat 44km down the Kawarau River and experience a thrilling ride full of 360° spins and 95 kmph speeds!

Queenstown, New Zealand
1 hour
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Minimum age
2 years
Fitness level
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FromNZD $95
ValueNZD $125SAVE 24%
Child (under 15 yrs): NZD $65
Family (2A+2C): NZD $299
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What's Included

  • Discover the Kawarau River aboard a thrilling jet boat ride
  • Enjoy 1 hour of fast paced fun
  • Experience 360° spins and speeds of up to 95 kmph
  • Travel 44km on the Kawarau River
  • Free photo of your adventure included in price
  • Enjoy exclusive access to a section of the Kawarau River usually only accessible by helicopter
  • Learn about the landscape and history with personalised commentary on board
  • Enjoy music on board

Why do we love this

We love this tour because Thunder Jet is owned and operated by a local Queenstown family. We also think all the spalshes and thrills on this tour are pretty cool. 



Thrilling spins, major splashes and serious speed... this is one jet boat trip you don't want to miss. Owned and operated by a local Queenstown family, Thunder Jet knows how to get your heart racing. You'll catch views of some of New Zealand's most stunning natural attractions and get an adrenaline rush all at the same time.

Your Thunder Jet Boat adventure starts from Queenstown Beach Bay and from there you'll race your way down the Kawarau River. This spectuclar river drains into Lake Wakatipu and flows for about 60 kilometres. You'll be travelling a full 44km along it, the furthest distance on any commerical jet boat ride!

Along the way you'll pass some of New Zealand's most beautiful natural attractions including the Remarkables mountain range. Be wowed by the incredible andscapes that surround you. 

While you travel, you'll also be treated to onboard personalised commentary, detailing the history of the area. There's free music aboard too, so if you're feeling funky, crank up the volume and get dancing! 

During this one hour trip you'll reach speeds of up to 95 kph and experience 360° spins. There'll be some serious spalshes and tons of fun.

You'll also get acess to a section of Kawarau River usually only accessible by helicopter. And that's not all, you'll get a free photo of your adventure so you can remeber this crazy day!

This is a 1 hour tour departing every day between 9am - 6pm, on the hour, every hour.

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We do provide our customers with spray jackets that are worn under your lifejacket to keep you mostly warm and dry.

Yes, you may take your camera. We do plenty of photo stops so it’s definitely worth it, this is at your own risk.

We have a safe locker for you to store your valuables, if it is necessary to take a small bag for medical reasons, this will not be a problem just let the friendly staff know.

Yes. Jet boating is a great family activity and luckily Thunder Jet have no height restrictions so the whole family can join in.

We don’t recommend going jet boating while pregnant, unfortunately.

Jet boating should not make you feel seasick. Thunder Jet goes down the river where it is calmest even when the lake is rough.

Small print
Terms & Conditions:

  • Passengers agree that they are carried at their own risk and Thunder Jet 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 onto the Jet boats, however if passengers choose to do so then this property or equipment is carried at the PASSENGER’S OWN RISK and Thunder Jet 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 driver must be followedand parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their children do the same.
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Cancellation Policy:

  • There will be NO REFUNDS given within 24 hour of schedule departure time.
  • All trips require minimum numbers to operate, and all trips are subject to weather conditions being within Thunder Jets Safe Operational Plan (SOP).
  • We reserve the right to cancel or postpone trips at our sole discretion

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Thunder Jet Kiosk, Earnslaw Park, Queenstown Bay


FromNZD $95
ValueNZD $125SAVE 24%
Child (under 15 yrs): NZD $65
Family (2A+2C): NZD $299
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