DiscoverQueenstown’s untouched and pristine wilderness during your authentic jet boat adventure along the historic Kawarau River. Experience one hour of exhilarating adventure. World famous 360° spins, skim the shallows at speeds of up to 90kmph. We can boast the furthest distance travelled on the lake with a whopping 44km covered. We will get you up close and personal with the lakes edge and be sure to hold on to your hats as we navigate under not one, but two bridges at speed.
Know that our guides are highly experienced and passionate about their epic job, I mean who wouldn’t be? In-between the thrilling spins and power stretches of the lake you will indulge in some excellent commentary.
All trips require minimum numbers to operate within our health & safety guidelines
There are no refunds given within 24 hours of schedule departure time
Thunder Bay Kiosk, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown
You can’t miss us, were the ones surrounded by orange flags. If you have booked a seat on the Thunder Jet please arrive 15 minutes before departure so we can give you all the gear you need for your trip.
One hour thrilling Jet Boat ride
360 degree spins
Spray jacket, life vest and goggles should you require
Guaranteed epic views
Furthest distance travelled than any other Jet Boat
Twin V8 engines delivering 820 horse power
360 degree spins + upto 95KMPH
We go further than anyone else! 47km up the historic Kawarau River
1 hour Jet Boat experience, longest in town
Starts from Thunder Bay next to Steamer Wharf in the heart of Queenstown
What we provide
What to bring
Please bring sensible clothing and footwear. You are more than welcome to wear your sunglasses, hats and other accessories should they be securely fastened to your body – if they fly off, we can’t pick them up. Don’t forget to bring your camera, Go Pro’s and video devices. Selfie sticks are also welcome! We want to see your adventure!
Remember to tag us on social media here @goorangenz
Summer - Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Warm Jacket & Camera (at own risk)
Winter - Sunscreen, Hats, Gloves, Sunglasses, Warm jacket & Camera (at own risk)
My wife, son and I managed to bring our dates forward from tomorrow afternoon after some bad news means my wife has to fly out tomorrow morning. Thanks for being so accommodating! Our pilot/skipper, Harley, was entertaining and the ride itself covers some pretty stunning territory on the Kawarau River. The views of the waterfront homes and the towering Remarkables are gorgeous. Plenty of 360 spins and closeups of the banks, willows and logs along the way. It’s pretty cold, so wear a jacket at least, and expect to get a little wet. Overall, an enjoyable 1hr trip, that was worth the money.
Really enjoyed this, Levi our driver was brilliant with lots of explanations, funny too. The hour went by so quickly, glad we booked the longer trip. Ladies make sure you tie your hair back so you can see the view!
In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions our customers ask about our trips. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.
Why should I choose Thunder Jet?
Apart from the fact that we are awesome, our Jet boats travel further and cheaper than any other Jet Boat in Queenstown. Covering 44Km down the Kawarau River giving you that real wilderness experience. We offer a trip packed with famous 360 degree spins and navigate under not one, but two bridges. Our drivers are also pretty epic, spinning quality yarns and playing the best tunes.
How old do you have to be to ride with Thunder Jet?
There are no age limits, however we are unable to take children under 13kg.
What are your weight restrictions?
You just need to be over 13kg. There are no upper weight limits.
Will I get wet?
It is not our intention to get you wet however we can’t control the weather and sometimes our spins can get a little powerful. Meaning you may experience a light spray of water but that’s why we give you spray jackets.
Can I take my camera?
Of course! The Jet Boats travel at high speed and take you to some epic photo spots. Just keep it covered when we spin, we wouldn’t want it getting wet. Go Pro’s and selfie sticks are also welcome, just hold on during those spins.
Can I take my bag?
Unless you require your bag on the boat for medical reasons we suggest you leave it with us on land. We have lockers that we can store your belongings in until you return from your experience.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes. Jet Boating is an excellent family activity to be enjoyed by all. Bring your kids, they will love it!
Will I get seasick on the Jet Boat?
Hopefully you won’t. Our Jet Boats travel at speed and we throw in a few 360-degree spins, however if you’re feeling a little queasy just let the driver know.
Can I ride on the jet boat if I am pregnant?
We don’t suggest you Jet Boat if you are pregnant, sorry!