A commercial jetboat has crashed in the Kawarau River in Central Otago.

It was carrying 23 passengers when it was involved in an incident on the Kawarau River, about 1km from the Kawarau bungy bridge about 10.45am.

Go Orange Acting General Manager Russell Thomas said emergency services were called and the Harbour Master informed.

"Five people were treated at the scene for minor injuries with one taken to hospital for further assessment," Thomas said.

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A commercial Go Orange jetboat has crashed on the Kawarau River near Queenstown, injuring five people. Photo / James Allan
A commercial Go Orange jetboat has crashed on the Kawarau River near Queenstown, injuring five people. Photo / James Allan

"Our immediate concern is for our passengers and staff involved."

They had all now been moved from the area and those affected were being provided support.

"The safety of our visitors and staff is a priority in everything we undertake," he said.

"A full review of the incident will occur and the company is working closely with authorities."

Jet boat operations will not be running for the rest of day.

A police spokesperson confirmed they had been told that had five people had suffered minor injuries.

Emergency services were called at 11.05am to a report of a jetboat crash on the Kawarau River, close to State Highway 6. Photo / James Allan
Emergency services were called at 11.05am to a report of a jetboat crash on the Kawarau River, close to State Highway 6. Photo / James Allan

There have been several jetboat crashes on South Island rivers in the last year.

One person died after a crash on the Hollyford River on the Fiordland National park last March, and another person died in a jet boat crash near Wanaka Airport last February.

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Nine people were also injured in a jet boat crash on Queenstown's Shotover River in Skippers Canyon on February 23 last year.

Ten people were on board the boat when it crashed into rocks.

The passengers were part of a group of tourists from Thailand and Canada.