In the upper reaches of the mighty Shotover River, near Queenstown New Zealand, lies Skippers Canyon. Once the scene of an amazing Gold Rush discovery in the 1860’s, today you can have an adrenaline rush aboard one of these amazing jet boats.Just getting there is a spectacular ride on its own! With breathtaking views and rugged terrain, getting there is half the adventure. Skipper Canyon Road was carved by the gold miners by hand over 140 years ago. It is one of New Zealand’s most scenic roads, but it is so dangerous your rental car insurance won’t be honored if you drive down there.
Originally developed by Mr. Bill Hamilton back in the ’50s to allow local farmers move freely around their huge sheep stations on the shallow New Zealand rivers, jet boating quickly became one of the most sought after activities amongst tourists in Queenstown.
- This location was used in “The Fellowship Of The Ring” movie.
- A ninety-one year old Englishman is the oldest customer to experience a Skippers Canyon Adventures jet boat ride on the Shotover River.
Watch the video below. You’ll scoot and slide in a boat hovering inches above the water and inches from menacing rocks. An adrenaline rush without being tied to a bungee cord.