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Old 02 July 2007, 00:05   #1
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Awesome - and they take the public on this!!!
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Old 02 July 2007, 02:36   #2
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The jet boats of that type are very common in New Zealand, operating on Lake Rotorua, Huka Falls and many others. Shotover looks like a good one though, possibly one of the most spectacular!
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The jet boats of that type are very common in New Zealand, operating on Lake Rotorua, Huka Falls and many others. Shotover looks like a good one though, possibly one of the most spectacular!
Shotover has become slightly 'over commercialised'. The boats are as big as buses and that has taken the edge off it. I did at Westport on the west coast of the South Island. 4 of us togged-up and got in 15ft bare Ali monster with a tuned 7.4ltr lump spinning a 2stage Hamilton Jet. We were then towed across two fields by an ancient Fordson Major and backed into the river. That Shotover clip was seriously tame compared to what 'Doc' was doing with this thing. I was terrified.

http://www.tourism.net.nz/new-zealan...venture-tours/

The pic of the boat is not his boat.
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i wonder how huch one of those shootover things are? I could have a lot of fun on one of those...
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I've been on the Huka Falls Jet. It was pretty awesome, missing trees and things by inches, driving in 3 inches of water right by the bank, the occasional 360 spin at 40mph.
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Well call me a suck, but that thing looks like it's about a sneeze away from a crash on more than one occassion. I'm all for thrill rides, but all it would take is a slight miscalculation on the part of the helmsman and those folks (who probably don't understand the potential for "real" danger...) would be splattered all over the rocks. There's a fine line between "adventure" and serious misfortune...

It does look like fun though!
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Well call me a suck, but that thing looks like it's about a sneeze away from a crash on more than one occassion. I'm all for thrill rides, but all it would take is a slight miscalculation on the part of the helmsman and those folks (who probably don't understand the potential for "real" danger...) would be splattered all over the rocks. There's a fine line between "adventure" and serious misfortune...

It does look like fun though!

OK, you're a suck. Seriously, I agree with you completely - I had those same thoughts when watching the video. A quick google search supports your position.

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/423466/55257


http://www.scene.co.nz/cms/opinion/2...art1000285.php

http://www.safeoutside.org/risk/Proc...cant accidents
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If people wanna take part in these extreme sports then why not! people know the risks so thats their problem not anybody else's. countries like oz and NewZealand have a big extreme sports following, anyway many 1000's x more people are hurt in cars than extreme sports.
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I visited Queenstown in 2001, primarily to take a ride on the Shotover Jet. I arrived there a couple of days after the council had closed the ride down, due to an accident where the steering failed and bounced the boat off the canyon wall, putting several Aussie's in hospital.

I ended up taking several trips with the Kawaru company, that was just as exciting, but without the risks as they use a different bit of the river.
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Looks like it was pretty popular. I found another of their vids that showed three of those jet boats.

Cool boats
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