Shotover Jet (Queenstown)
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Jet Through the Set of "Lord of the Rings"
Queenstown is the home of every kind of wild thrill imaginable, all amidst a magnificent scenic backdrop. My boys have never been ones for extreme adventure, so going to the top of Bob’s Peak via a slow-moving gondola to see the city from a dizzying height was perfectly suited for their age level. Even better, however, was the half-mile long winding Skyline track that hurled them down the hill on hand-controlled luge carts. One of the city’s premiere adrenaline-inducing activities, besides bungy jumping which originated twenty years ago at the nearby Kawarua Bridge, is jet boating. We’re not talking about simply flying down a river at breakneck speeds. Operators like Shotover Jets will launch you down river surrounded by tall canyon walls while doing multiple 360-degree spins. Although they would gladly have taken our 9 and 11 year-olds for the 30 terror-stricken minute ride, I decided the less harrowing, lengthier and more picturesque Dart River Jet Boat Safaris, an hours drive north of Queenstown in Glenorchy, was the better bet. It proved to be a wise move because the Dart River passed by several areas used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings and our driver was more than happy to provide us with the occasional full spin to add some sheer excitement into the mix.
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