The royal couple will test their nerves with a ride on the
Shotover Jet. Photo / APN
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be just half a
metre away from deadly rocks when they ride the
adrenalin-fuelled Shotover Jet as part of their trip around the
The couple will be taken on the world-famous jet on the
Shotover River on Sunday afternoon before heading to
Amisfield Winery, where they will probably welcome a tipple
after the breath-taking ride.
The jetboat ride, known for its on-the-edge excitement, takes
goes through the Shotover River Canyons.
Regional general manager of Ngai Tahu tourism David Kennedy
said there was a pool of two drivers, and whichever one was
chosen to take the royal couple on the ride wouldn't be
holding back because of their important passengers.
"(William and Catherine) have requested a normal Shotover
Jetboat trip, which is always cautious but it's still the
most exciting jetboat ride in the world."
The driver would not be holding back, just because he had the
second in line to the throne on board, Mr Kennedy said.
"They'll be doing 360 degree spins and going within half a
metre of the rocks."
He could not guarantee the couple would get a good drenching
on the ride "but potentially there's always a bit of spray
that comes into the boat".
The drivers were experienced and had each clocked up
"thousands of hours" of driving on the water.
"They're pretty relaxed about the whole thing."
The company was "pretty excited" about their famous guests.
"We're expecting that there'll be some great international
coverage - it's an iconic New Zealand product and a New
Zealand invention, the jetboat."
There would be extra security deployed along the river and at
the base, Mr Kennedy said.
The river would be closed to public for the afternoon.
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ