Shotover Jet

It's turbulent times for Queenstown's adventure tourism industry. It's the sector that's put the resort on the international map, but that's of little use when international visitors, because of the Covid-19 crisis, can't get here for the foreseeable future. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to three...
By PHILIP CHANDLER The couple who made Queenstown's Shotover Jet world-famous are devastated owner Ngai Tahu Tourism's bailing out. The big corporate last week announced it's closing its tourism businesses, including Shotover Jet and Glenorchy's Dart River Jet, "for the time being",...
Queenstown’s world famous for its adventure attractions.  Think Shotover Jet, bungy, rafting, skydiving ... the list goes on.  However, because the current Covid-19 pandemic's likely to mean New Zealand's borders don't reopen for a long time, this sector's in...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Country-singing superstar Kenny Rogers, who died last month, aged 81, had a special affinity with Queenstown. He first visited the resort in 1973 when touring NZ with his then-band, First Edition, returning in ‘97 to perform an outdoor concert...

Shotover’s buzz

One of Queenstown's biggest tourism players is looking to make waves in the eco-tourism sector. Ngai Tahu Tourism, which owns Shotover Jet, confirms it's investigating how to power its famous jetboats with electric engines. Chief executive Quinton Hall says: "We currently...

Shock at Shotover

Root rot may have caused a massive willow tree on the banks of the Shotover River to fail on Tuesday afternoon. The official investigation's underway after the tree fell in high winds injuring five people – including two children –...
Five people have been injured, two critically, after a tree fell on a group of people at Queenstown's Shotover Jet base. A St John spokesman said three helicopters and multiple ambulances were in attendance. Two people have been critically injured, one...
Jetboat driver Joseph Coutts struck gold while completing routine maintenance in the Shotover River. While moving rocks near the historic Oxenbridge Tunnel to clear Shotover Jet's boat access, he scooped out an old mining relic from the riverbed that dates back to the early 1900s....
A Queenstowner with a fear of birds built a fort to deter weka while completing an Outward Bound course. Rebekah Harp spent 21 days in the bush and describes the long-legged native creatures as unwanted guests. She netted a Queenstown Lions...

Kennedys jet off

Leading Queenstown tourism personality David Kennedy and his family are leaving town. The former Destination Queenstown boss is Ngai Tahu Tourism's southern regional head honcho and popular Scene columnist. He's taking a top job at Lincoln University, near Christchurch, starting late...
Celebrity season has opened in Queenstown. Batman actor Aaron Eckhart snuck into the resort last week. Other big names spotted in Queenstown in recent days are Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural, Grey's Anatomy and The Walking Dead), Sacha Baron Cohen, better known for his Ali G and...
Shotover Jet launches a book next week to celebrate its five decades in adventure tourism. Mountain Scene takes a sneaky peek The elderly American woman shrieked with excitement and fear as the Shotover Jet hurtled through the canyons in shallow water nerve-rackingly close to...
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