Jet Boat Ride +Milford Sound Cruise
JET BOAT & MILFORD SOUND CRUISE
*Due to recent weather events and damage to Milford road, Milford road is open to Coach services only. We recommend booking our Jet Boat + Milford Sound Day Tour Combo for travel to Milford Sound*.
Combine the ultimate Milford Sound nature or scenic cruise experience with the thrills of a Jet boat ride in Queenstown.
You have the freedom of choosing when you want to travel as well as saving your money!
We’ve teamed up with the original Milford Sound cruise operator Southern Discoveries to offer you some amazing deals.
Southern Discoveries offers the most modern cruising experience in Milford Sound. Cruises are available to suit every time-frame, interest and budget.
On your one hour KJet Jet boat trip, you get twice the fun on two rivers, the world famous Shotover and Kawarau. Our expert drivers take you across water that’s less than 5cm deep in some places, reaching speeds of up to 95kph and of course plenty of 360° spins.
Please note it is not possible to do both products on the same day, as Milford Sound is approximately 5 hours each way from Queenstown. Products must be booked together at the same time to receive the combo deal.
- 60 minute Jet boat ride in Queenstown
- Choose from a Milford Sound Scenic Cruise or Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Southern Discoveries Milford Sound Cruise: Cruises depart daily 9am – 3.15pm (summer) and 10am – 2.45pm (winter). All cruises depart from Milford Sound Visitor Centre, please check in 20 minutes before departure.
KJet: Every hour on the hour, 10am to 3pm. Leaves from Main Town Pier, Queenstown. Check in is 15 minutes before departure.
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KJet Jet boat trip
Q. What should I wear on the Jet boat?
A. For your comfort we recommend that you dress for the weather conditions on the day, keeping in mind that in our boats you will be travelling at 95kph and therefore the wind-chill can be frosty! Don’t forget to bring a waterproof jacket, your sunglasses, (or goggles in winter) sunscreen, as well as hats & gloves in winter months. Please ensure your little ones are dressed especially warm.
Q. Can I take my bags on the Jet boat?
A. We offer complimentary storage for small backpacks and handbags, however, due to the recent news of Covid-19 being present in Queenstown, we request that you please leave your valuables at home.
Q. Can I take my camera on the Jet boat?
A. On our trip there are many fantastic photo opportunities so YES, we’d love you to take your camera on board to capture these moments and share them. However, your camera is taken on board at your own risk, keep in mind with Jet boating there is the risk of getting slightly wet and we need you to be able to hold on to the hand rails, especially during our 360° spins. If you need more information about this please chat to our Reservations Team and Drivers when you check-in for your trip.
Q. Will I get wet on the Jet boat?
A. Part of the fun with Jet boating is the spray and drama! If you are really worried about getting wet then please request to our staff that you sit in the centre seats of the boat. Please note we can’t guarantee seating. We recommend you bring your own waterproof jacket.
Q. What is your child age?
A. Our child age is 5-14 years. Our Infant age is 2-4 years and travel for FREE with an accompanying adult, as long as they can fit a lifejacket.
Q. What are the weight/height restrictions to ride KJet?
A. Children – there is no height restriction to ride KJet. However, children must be able to fit into one of our life jackets. Adults – we do not have a weight restriction to ride KJet but you must be able to fit into one of our life jackets. We have a wide variety of life jackets available going up to a maximum size of 4XL.
Q. Can I ride KJet if I am pregnant?
A. Unfortunately, pregnant thrill-seekers are unable to ride KJet.
Q. Can you Jet boat in the winter?
A. Absolutely! We also have heated hand-rails to keep your hands toasty and warm.
Milford Sound Cruise
Q. Where do the Milford Sound cruises leave from?
A. All cruises leave from the wharf at the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal and return to the wharf following the cruise.
Q. How long does it take to drive from Queenstown to Milford?
A. It takes approximately five hours to get to Milford from Queenstown depending on the time of year and road conditions.
Q. Do you provide disabled/wheelchair access?
A. There are disabled parking spaces outside the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal building. The only vessel with wheelchair access is Pride of Milford (Milford Sound Scenic Cruise) where access to the vessel is by ramp. There are no wheelchair accessible toilets onboard the vessel, instead these are located in the cruise terminal building.
Q. What clothes should I wear/bring?
A. Due to the changeable nature of the weather in Milford, it’s a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket, warm clothing and wear comfortable, closed shoes. Raincoats are provided for passengers on Encounter Nature Cruises and Discover More Cruises.
Q. What’s the weather like in Milford Sound?
A. Milford Sound is one of the wettest places in the world with an average annual rainfall of 7 metres per year. Rainfall can reach 250 millimetres in 24 hours and creates dozens of temporary waterfalls (as well as a number of more permanent ones) that cascade down the cliff faces, some reaching a thousand metres in height, and is why it’s renowned for its spectacular waterfalls and rainforest. The temperature in Milford can vary depending on the season and can go from an average high of 19C in summer (Dec – Feb) to 9C in winter (Jun – Aug). All Southern Discoveries vessels have spacious indoor areas with comfortable seating for cruising in all weather conditions.
Q. Will I see wildlife?
A. Milford Sound has an abundance of wildlife and is home to New Zealand fur seals and bottlenose dolphins year-round. Rare Dusky dolphins are also known to visit the fiord. The world’s rarest penguin, the Fiordland crested penguin, visits Milford during the breeding season (November) and moulting season (March/April). While there is wildlife in Milford Sound, we can’t guarantee sightings as these are wild animals in their natural habitat
Q. Is there anywhere to get a coffee and snack in Milford?
A. The Discover Milford Sound Information Centre & Cafe is located in the Milford Sound village.
Q. Is there any other important driving information we need to know?
A. From May to September, winter driving conditions apply and you are required to carry snow chains. No petrol stations are available past Te Anau, so fill up before you leave. There is free car parking at Milford Sound. From December to March, please allow up to one hour to park your vehicle, and then allow 10 minutes to walk from the car park to the Milford Sound Visitor Terminal. Check in time is 20 minutes before your cruise departure.
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Only KJet offers over 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world’s most stunning locations.
what to bring:
Face mask & latex gloves