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Shotover Jet Takes Another Step Towards Converting Their Fleet to Electric

Naut is delighted to announce that they will be working with one of New Zealand’s leading tourism operators Ngāi Tahu Tourism, proud owner of Shotover Jet.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism has signed a contract with Naut, for Naut to undertake a feasibility study to build a new fleet of electric jet boats. The initial scope of work will be for Shotover Jet’s fleet; however, Ngāi Tahu is looking to convert all their jet fleet to electric, including Hukafalls Jet and Dart River Adventures.

With Shotover Jet’s goal of converting 50% of their boats to electric by 2030, the signing of the feasibility study was a step in the right direction. Naut’s passion and expertise really shone through making them a crucial piece of the puzzle, says Jolanda Cave, General Manager of Ngai Tahu Tourism.

To enable the delivery of the feasibility study, Naut has engaged the expertise of SSC Marine, Gurit, Parry Naval Architecture, McKay and WEBBCo. This is a team with proven experience in working collaboratively to deliver customised electrically propelled marine vessels, having delivered the fully Electric Ferry Ika Rere, a first for the Southern Hemisphere.

We are really excited to be working with Shotover Jet on converting their fleet to electric. Our team will be producing a feasibility study with the end goal of designing and building a new style of jet boat, that delivers all the thrills of the current jet boats, while helping Ngāi Tahu Tourism meet their climate change goals. We look forward to showcasing Naut’s advanced electric technology and working with some great NZ companies, all while make the solution beautiful and exciting in the process – says Fiona Bycroft, CEO of Naut.

Naut is an electric propulsion technology company from Northland, New Zealand. Naut designs and manufactures electric propulsion systems for the marine industry, focusing on products for 6 to 12m trailer or marina boats. Naut aims to bring the pure joy of electric propulsion to the boating world creating a net positive experience for both people and the planet; whether this be through Naut’s electric propulsion products or working with our partners to deliver bespoke electric boat design and build packages. 

Shotover Jet is a world-renounced jet boat experience, taking passengers on a jet boat ride through the Shotover River Canyon, near Queenstown New Zealand. Shotover Jet is owned by Ngāi Tahu, one of the leading tourism operators in Aotearoa. Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s purpose is to ‘make the connection’, with their customers, through people and to their place.


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