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Experience the rush of a thrilling jet boat ride and discover the fascinating history New Zealand's most historic gold mining region...

Highlights

  • Discover the spectacular Kawarau river and gorge by a thrilling jet boat ride
  • Navigate narrow spaces and exciting rapids with an expert driver
  • Learn about the historic Gold mining history and journey to the Goldfields Mining Centre
  • Finish with our unique 360-degree spin!

Take a spectacular 40 minute jet boat ride through the heart of one of New Zealand's most historic gold mining regions in a specifically designed Goldfields Jet boat.

Enjoy a thrilling ride with extensive commentary on the rich gold history of the area as well as other points of interest.

The trip departs from the Goldfields Mining Centre and heads south down-river into the shallow braided waters of the Bannockburn arm before turning up river heading into the spectacular Kawarau Gorge. With the river narrowing, rapids begin to form and before long you arrive at the foot of the impassable Staircase Rapids where you begin your return journey back down river to the Goldfields Mining Centre, finishing with our unique 360-degree spin.

Location:

The Goldfields Mining Centre and Gold Fields Jet are located on State Highway 6 in the Kawarau Gorge between Queenstown and Cromwell. Just 30 minutes from Queenstown, it is an easy day trip or the perfect adventure interlude when traveling to or from Queenstown.

Departures:

On the hour 9am-4pm in summer & 10am - 4pm in winter

Adult $125.00
Child $65.00

What's included

  • Full-length protective spray jackets and M.S.A. approved life jackets

Duration

  • Allow approximately 1 hour for the whole experience

Restrictions

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Minimum numbers apply for booking to be confirmed. Tickets are strictly non transferable and non refundable - Please ensure you select the correct date and time (bookings are time and date specific). Please also note that transport is not provided and that you must make your own way to Goldfields.

    Adult prices apply to ages 14+

    Child prices apply to ages 5-13 - please provide child's ID. Children must be over 22kgs to participate.

    Please dress suitably for the conditions on the day

    For the best discount deals and specials, check back to this page as they aren't always available on the Bookme home page

Available Bookings from February 23 to February 29

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sun 23 Feb
Mon 24 Feb
Tue 25 Feb
Wed 26 Feb
Thu 27 Feb
Fri 28 Feb
Sat 29 Feb

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$70.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$60.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$60.00
  • Child$50.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$65.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$60.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$60.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$60.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$60.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$60.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$60.00
  • Child$50.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$60.00
  • Child$65.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$55.00
  • Child$50.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.8

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Monique from Australia wrote on 30 March 2018

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Exciting

Enjoyed this when we were in NZ we had a talented lady driver that gave us good information about the gold mining that had taken place there whilst on the boat...

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Racheal Katipa-Hemopo from New Zealand wrote on 22 February 2020

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FUNTASTIC!

Had a great, funtastic experiance! Straight away you’re greeted by awesome receptionists/ front of counter people. The two ladies at the front were super friendly and helpful. Scrub the doggy is super cute. The tour guide Bruce was really funny and informative, my partner and I managed to find gold flakes while gold panning, and the jet boat ride was super cool. Cam was a great driver, we did heaps of cool 360 turns, and he informed us of some of the history of the lake. 10/10!

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Nick Denman from United Kingdom wrote on 12 February 2020

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Great fun

Friendly staff - exhilarating ride - great value experience!

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From Goldfields Jet

Thanks for your awesome review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience!

Agusta Fuapla from New Zealand wrote on 03 February 2020

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Amazing jetboat ride

A good way to relax, loved the 360spin, was awesome.

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From Goldfields Jet

Thanks for your awesome review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience!

Suzy from New Zealand wrote on 31 January 2020

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Excellent

Wow this was such a blast my two girls and I loved it , so much fun , Sean the guy driving was excellent right man for the job by far. Lady at counter was great to. Excellent way to run fantastic fun , thanks so much

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From Goldfields Jet

Thanks for your awesome review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience!

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