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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 & 11am and 2pm 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 duration 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 January 23 to January 29

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7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$49.00
  • Child$65.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$89.00
  • Child$65.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$65.00
  • Child$65.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$65.00
  • Child$65.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$59.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$65.00
  • Child$65.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$65.00
  • Child$65.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$89.00
  • Child$65.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$65.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$65.00
  • Child$65.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$69.00
  • Child$65.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$65.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$125.00
  • Child$65.00

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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Holly King-Turner from New Zealand wrote on 28 January 2017

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Goldfields Jets

What an amazing jet ride loved the 360 spins took my daughter who is 8 she had a blast we wanted to do it again. The crew were all really awesome, professional and caring for everyone on the boat highly recommend these guys 🙂

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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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Jeff R from New Zealand wrote on 15 May 2017

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Good, but short

Written up as "40 minutes of jet boating" I was disappointed that boat time was just less than 25 minutes. This puts it at around same as Shotover and other river runs. The run only just got into the canyons, which were great. Beautiful scenery, informative and friendly guide, still had loads of fun. But the distance and time spent seemed on the light side. Have done Dart and Shotover before and would rate this on equal footing per dollar spent.

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Bianca from New Zealand wrote on 12 April 2017

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Great jet boat fun!

This is definitely worth doing with a Bookme deal. My husband and I paid $60 each (which is much less than the other jet boat companies). We really enjoyed our experience. My only disappointment is that the jet boat ride felt much shorter than 25 min, and that rather than going in a straight line for start to finish, we drove up and down the same section of the river over an over. This was a bit of a let down, but is understandable given there's only a small bit of canyon they can boat on. The 360 degree spins were super fun and a major highlight, and we ended up getting the photos included which was a really nice perk! Thanks Goldfields Jet!!! :-)

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HADIJAH from Malaysia wrote on 04 April 2017

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We Like It!

First time on a jet boat. Awesome experience. Our driver was a lot fun and pretty, and a brief history into the area which was very interesting. My group keep talking about it for days about it. Picture will describe your feeling

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