The Experience

The Experience

Real Jetboating, Real New Zealand

Experience a thrilling, high-speed one-hour adventure from Frankton Marina or Queenstown Bay, skimming across peaceful Lake Wakatipu with its backdrop of spectacular mountains before plunging between dramatic high cliffs. Hold on tight as the jet boat twists and turns its way through braided river, travelling up to 90 kilometres per hour in just centimetres of waters.

Get alongside nature at its most dramatic: travel past towering cliffs hugging the water’s edge and untouched scenery encapsulating New Zealand’s wild natural beauty. Return to Queenstown taking in the spectacular views of the Remarkables Range, Cecil Peak and Kelvin Peninsula. If the famous 360 (degree) Hamilton spins executed by your driver don’t leave you breathless, the scenery will.

For those wanting to extend the thrill while visiting Queenstown join our journey taking in the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and the eclectic mix of old and new kiwi architecture hugging the shore before racing under the Kawarau Bridge, gateway to the stunning wilderness beyond the renowned Kawarau Falls Dam.

Please bring (in Summer): your camera, a warm jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, dress according to weather conditions.

Please bring (in Winter): your camera, a warm jacket, hats, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, dress according to weather conditions.

Book your Queenstown jet boat experience today.

The History

The History

An Internationally Respected Duo

Ducan Storrier and Neville Kelly - 'Masters of their craft'.

Internationally respected and world renowned for their pioneering expeditions, Neville Kelly and Duncan Storrier have steered a daring course through some of the most challenging, uncharted waterways in the world - from Argentina to Zambia. Their passion and prowess extends to competitive racing with both men holding international titles and Duncan winning the World Jet Boat River Racing Championship.

Applying these skills and their love of jet boating to the creation of Thunderjet was a natural progression for these expert drivers who can effortlessly handle Grade 5 white water and combat whatever nature throws at them with expert driving. Neville and Duncan won’t cut corners when it comes to your safety: their record is exemplary and with 50 years combined experience they know how to minimise the risks - for maximum fun.

Neville Kelly and Duncan Storrier take their inspiration for global adventure and discovery from Kiwi jet boat inventor and explorer Sir William Hamilton and choose to use exclusively Hamilton Jet Boats.

52 years ago Sir William used his kiwi ingenuity to create a jet propelled boat that finally allowed farmers to reach their sheep hiding away in the wilds of New Zealand’s southern high country. But he did more than that, refining jet propulsion and creating the modern jet boat in the process. His pioneering innovation has been embraced by many of New Zealand’s top drivers including Neville and Duncan.

Sir William Hamilton was not only an inventor but an explorer who, along with Sir Edmund Hillary, led a jet boat expedition up the Ganges River in 1977. Hamilton’s quest for adventure, discovery and technical perfection has set the benchmark for the Thunderjet team who want you to share in their intrepid journeys on Queenstown’s waterways.

Our Machines

Our Machines

The Thunder Fleet & Impeccable Safety Record

Unparalleled technology and an exemplary safety record.

Neville Kelly and Duncan Storrier’s unsurpassed reputation in the industry, 50 years combined experience and a multitude of national and World jet boat racing titles between them mean you’re in safe hands.

State of the art technology combined with the drivers’ impeccable safety record allows for maximum fun and minimal risk. With self-draining floating decks, Thunder Jet’s innovative Macraft jet boats cannot technically be submerged, making them the safest ever built.

At the forefront of water jet technology, the boats’ two V8 engines and powerful 700 horsepower are designed to get you up to speed in no time.

The jet boat’s high efficiency, outstanding manoeuvrability and shallow draft capability set you up for an exhilarating adventure!

Passenger safety and satisfaction...

...is unquestionably at the forefront of our operation. Thunder drivers are a fine blend of personality, skill and professionalism, paying scrupulous attention to detail to ensure passenger safety. The Thunder fleet is stringently maintained to the highest level of commercial operating standards. As a passenger, should you have an existing physical condition, please let a member of our crew know prior to engaging in this experience.

Thunder Technology

Setting new standards for commercial jet boating

  • 750 Horse Power Twin V8 Engines
  • Built in floatation tanks
  • Self draining deck
  • Marine sound system
  • Hamilton Jets 213 jet pumps

During your jet boat adventure your driver will explain the functioning of our powerful machines.

Value Experience

Value Experience

Your Complete Jet Boat Experience

Thunder Jet Queenstown offers a complete jet boat experience at a competitive price.

Adult Rate ADULT
$105
Child Rate CHILD (4-15yrs)
$60
Family Rate FAMILY (2A+2C)
$270

Groups, Conference & Incentive Rates
Please contact us for these rates.

Gift Vouchers

Give your friends or family a present that will leave them with great memories and a smile on their face – a trip with Thunderjet on some of the world’s most pristine, stunning waterways.

Prices valid 01 October 2010 to 30 September 2014.

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Share an Iconic New Zealand Experience

  • Gift Voucher - Share an Iconic New Zealand Experience

Give your friends or family a present that will leave them with great memories and a smile on their face – a trip with Thunderjet on some of the world’s most pristine, stunning waterways.

We can provide vouchers to fit your budget and if you’ve got a special event or occasion in mind we can tailor-make a package to suit.

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