Shotover River Heli Rafting + Thunder Jet

Shotover River Heli Rafting + Thunder Jet is an action packed half day tour. An adrenaline-fuelled helicopter ride will add to the rush of Shotover Rafting combined with 1 hour jet boat experience across Lake Wakatipu and along the Kawarau River.

Departing the Go Orange base at Queenstown you will travel to the rafting base to sort out your rafting gear. After a short briefing you then head off to the heli-pad for an exciting heli ride into Skippers Canyon up to Deep Creek. Here you will receive a detailed safety briefing and meet your river guide and companions. Raft the river starting with the easy stuff before hitting the white water of the lower canyon.

Paddle numerous rapids such as After Shock, Jaws, Toilet and Sequel during the 1.5-2 hrs of rafting. Following hte rafting you then head over to the Thunder Jet for 1 hour of thrilling jet boat action, including world famous 360° spins, skimming the water at exciting speeds of up to 95km/h, going the furthest distance of 47km, and delightfully complemented by our storytelling commentary.

Shotover River Heli Rafting + Thunder Jet is the complete set of ultimate Queenstown experiences, perfect for your next New Zealand adventure.


  • Go Orange Thunder Jet Ride across Lake Wakatipu and along the Kawarau River
  • White water river rafting on the Shotover River
  • Helicopter ride into the rugged Skippers Canyon


  • All transfers from Queenstown and between tours
  • Helicopter ride into the rugged Skippers Canyon
  • All rafting equipment and clothing
  • Extensive safety instructions and paddling techniques
  • 1 hour Go Orange Thunder Jet Boat ride
  • Hot showers and sauna


Rafting departures: 08.00/13.00 01Oct-17Nov & 01Apr-31May, 08.00/10.00/13.00/15.00 18Nov-31Mar

Thunder Jet Boat Departures: 09.00/11.00/12.00/13.00/14.00/15.00/16.00/17.00/18.00 01Oct-30Apr, 10.00/12.00/13.00/14.00/15.00/16.00 01May-30Sep

Itinerary may be reversed or split over 2 days to suit customer preferences.Tour does not operate 25 December.

Note: transfers from your hotel are not provided.

Additional Info

Children: Rafting is not available to children under 13 years. Under 18, requires a guardian, conditions apply.
What to Bring: Swimwear and towel
Please Note: It is recommended that no valuables be brought along. Minimum weight requirement - 40 kg. Rafting trips require a minimum 8 people to operate. Food is available for purchase at own cost.
Operated By: Queenstown Rafting (Go Orange)