Kapoors Year 9B: Australia and New Zealand travel blog

The Queenstown Area Is Rife With Adventurous Activities, This Is The Only...

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This Was Our First View Of The Shallow Shotover River, I Wondered...

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We Climbed Back Up The Long Flight Of Stairs And Stayed To...

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We Wanted To Watch For Awhile As The Boats Unloaded And Loaded...

This Is How They End The Ride, The Best Thrill Of All...

To Give You A Better Sense Of What It's Like, See My...

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This Display Shows A Mock-Up Of The Engine That Powers The JetBoats,...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Queenstown and Wanaka has to say about Shotover Jet:

“The Shotover and Kawarau are Queenstown’s most popular rivers to hurtle along. The lengthier and more scenic Dart River is less travelled. The Shotover Jet Company provides half-hour trips through the rocky Shotover Canyons, with lots of thrilling 360-degree spins.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

We didn’t plan on spending a great deal of time in the Queenstown area; there was so much more to see on the South Island and then we planned to fly to Australia and spend six weeks there. We had allotted about a month for New Zealand and it wasn’t nearly enough time – we had already skipped over a great deal of the North Island and had flown all the way down to Christchurch, instead of simply taking a ferry across from Wellington to Picton.

Knowing that Queenstown is the ‘adventure capital’ of New Zealand, it felt like we should just do at least one activity, just to say we didn’t completely wimp out. We are so happy that we tried the zip line over a series of waterfalls when we were exploring the coast of western South Africa. This would give us something to remember in the Queenstown area.

Visit Shotover Jet


Hey, turns our Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cornwall road the jetboats at Shotover. If it was a thrill for them, then we’d just have to give it a try ourselves. It was better than we ever could have imagined!

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