There are three major lakes (Wakatipu, Wanaka and Hawea) and two major rivers (Shotover and Kawarau) in the Queenstown Lakes District. That means one thing: plenty of water sports. Take a seat in Hydro Attack ­­– a semi-submersible, jet-powered, two-seater boat shaped like a shark – to zigzag your way across Lake Wakatipu at high speed. The boat goes from 0 to 80km/h in 3.9 seconds, dives two metres underwater, and makes six-metre-high jumps above the surface. It’s the kind of rush you’d expect from racing an F1 car – only on water. Or take a ride through the Shotover River in a jet boat for 360-degree spins and dramatic views of the world-famous canyons.

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