Skippers Canyon Jet, Queenstown - Our First-Hand Experience

9 April 2019

Skippers Canyon Jet – Our first-hand experience


Experiencing a jet boat in Queenstown is so iconic that it’s almost a right of passage, but with so many to choose from, we are often asked which is the best jet boat in Queenstown?  In our expert opinion, as each offers its own different style of Queenstown adrenaline, it normally depends on what type of experience you are looking for, and that’s where we are always happy to help, with some genuine, honest local advice tailored for your group.

Our MajorDomo Queenstown concierge team are always on hand to offer tips on their personal favourite Queenstown activities and love nothing more than having a yarn about their first-hand experiences – below, our lovely property manager Amanda has shared a write up of her personal favourite Queenstown Jetboat, the Skippers Canyon Jet:

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, looking for your next extreme fix – then look no further.  If you are looking for the perfect family adventure – then look no further.  If you are keen to explore breathtaking beauty and want to travel back in time to the gold rush – then look no further.  If you’re a local or a Queenstown regular and think you have immersed yourself in everything that our slice of paradise has to offer – think again!

Basically, if you are looking to be absolutely blown away from the moment you step foot on the bus until you are dropped back into town – then look no further than the Skippers Canyon Jet!


Just the drive into the canyon is an adventure by itself and you can expect to be entertained by the wittiest and knowledgeable host. You won’t just feel the adrenaline rush through your veins the moment you step onto the jet boat, but all the way into the canyon. You will be driven down the very windy Skippers road, complete with chiselled rock faces and sheer cliffs -a truly nail-biting and exhilarating experience.


For the brave, there are a few opportunities to step out and take pictures that will not disappoint even the most seasoned photographer – the perfect backdrop to capture the most spectacular memories that will last a lifetime.


The jet boat ride is obviously the most popular activity and a real crowd pleaser regardless of any adventurer’s age. My top tips for anyone considering this experience is to make sure you are wrapped up warm, and bring sunglasses to protect your eyes – the speed of the boat can make it difficult to keep your eyes open without them! We were given waterproof jackets to protect us from getting wet, but I would recommend wearing some warm layers to protect against the windchill if its a cooler day.


The ride is simply thrilling, with the driver whizzing through spots where normal boats won’t dare to go. The manoeuvrability of the jet boat, slicing just inched from the canyon walls and the sheer speed that they are able to travel will literally have you glued to the very edge of your seat and begging for more!

The Skippers Canyon Jet experience is superb value for money and an absolute MUST to add to your list of adventures!

Amanda was lucky enough to experience Skippers Canyon Jet’s “Jet Boat Tour”, but for something a little different, their “Alpine Adventure package” is definitely one to check out.  As always, if you’d like to chat to one of our team to plan your next stay with us, please do get in touch


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