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Jetboating on the shotover river

We had to unwillingly wake up early this morning as we'd booked in on a 9ish shotover jet boat, the original intention being we could then slot a canyon swing in that afternoon and make our bus to Te Anau the following morning, however that all went horribly pear-shaped so now we were really just waking up early for no good reason.  That is not something I am inclined to do willingly, it's just not normal.

After tumbling down the steep hill (I'm sure the elevation of our hostel warrants it's own gondola) we grabbed a bacon and egg roll from the cafe opposite the Station (brilliant coffee!) and dug through it's grease down by the water, entertained by watching the geese and ducks attack small children.

Me and my bro jet-boating (front left two)
Upon check-in for the Shotover jet, we were a little unsure about just how 'thrilling' this was likely to be given that the majority of passengers looked like they were on god's waiting list.  We persisted however, since it seems the Shotover jet is "the" thing to do in Queenstown

A 20 minute bus ride had us out by the shores of the Shotover river, and before you could raise the question of whether you had to pay extra for a working boat (they had been closed a week earlier due to engine trouble) we were in life-jackets and loaded in to the boat. We were quite fortunate since the two front seats had been preserved for some small children, but they had gone missing in action (I suspect the ducks and geese) so my brother and I piled in front and centre.   The guide was friendly enough, completed the now obligatory new zealand guide spiel that insults Aussies and ensures we are coated with the most water. Then we were away...

Bottom line is that the shotover jet is well worth doing, you hurtle along next to canyon walls, and the driver comes so close to passing objects that you can't help your heart from pumping a little.  A few 360 degeree spins are thrown in and before you know it you're done, but realise that you've been smiling the entire time so you must of enjoyed it!  Not too surprisingly for Queenstown, a fortune could be spent on photos, but I limited myself to just the action shot which I think captures it quite well.

The rest of the day was a bit of a blur really, knocked over some logisitics for clothes/food/transport for the Milford track and then hit the happy hour circuit.  Having spent a fortune on a small amount of alcohol the previous day, we realised that following the happy hours is definitely the way to go in Queenstown.  Filled ourselves up with some giant burgers at a takeaway shop on Shotover st and we were both ready to collapse in bed, which is always somewhat disconcerting when the sun's still up...

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Jetboating on the shotover river
Jetboating on the shotover river
Me and my bro jet-boating (front l…
Me and my bro jet-boating (front …
photo by: genetravelling