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Code Blue – Shotover River Ride February 28, 2016

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2016.
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Shotover River Ride – Steve and Judy in the back on the port side. It was an early ride of 9:15am on a sunny day. This woke us up.

Shotover River Ride – Steve and Judy in the back on the port side. It was an early ride of 9:15am on a sunny day. This woke us up.

Code Blue – Followers 2-28-16

Shotover River Ride — These boats are 4.5 meters they tell me and go up to 80 Km per hour. The ride lasts about 25 minutes and I think we did six 360 degree turns. This is a thrill a second, river ride coming within inches of bolders, rocks and skimming in water that is shallow, as the boat can fly in water about 4 ½ inches deep. The boats have 700 hp V-8’s and normally run at about 4050 rpms in their speed runs. They are made of aluminum and use twin Hamilton jets for water propulsion, developed by a Kiwi. They started in 1965 as a sight-seeing item and quickly turned into a thrill ride. Now with over 3 million riders and with over 50 years of service. Presently there are several jet boat ride companies throughout New Zealand. But this one located in Queenstown is the original. Google “shotover river ride queenstown NZ’. I suspect they have video demo rides you can watch. Enclosed is a picture of our ride.

We’ve now moved on to Mt. Cook sightseeing from the east side. Staying in a campground holiday park in a place called Glentanner. We have a view of Mt. Cook from our campsite. We’ll be here for a couple of days of hiking, then head to Christchurch.

 

Steve and Judy
s/v Code Blue
Near Mt. Cook, Glentanner, NZ

 

 – s / j –

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Comments»

1. Marie & Greg - February 28, 2016

Definitely a “thrill ride”! Fun photo.

2. Pam Driscoll - February 29, 2016

Wow!!! Looks scary!


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