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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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  • High-adrenaline ride is an exciting way to see the Waikato River 
  • Combine great scenery with a thrilling boat trip
  • Maneuverable jet boats are limited to 11 passengers
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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride
From US$91.70
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12:30 DepartureMost Popular
35min Jet boat experience. Speeding off at 80km/h you will encounter two sets of fantastic white water Rapids. These will show you the narrowest part of the Waikato River.
From US$91.73
10:30 Departure
35min Jet boat experience. Speeding off at 80km/h you will encounter two sets of fantastic white water Rapids. These will show you the narrowest part of the Waikato River.
From US$91.73
4:30 Departure
35min Jet boat experience. Speeding off at 80km/h you will encounter two sets of fantastic white water Rapids. These will show you the narrowest part of the Waikato River.
From US$91.73
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Overview

Speed through white-water rapids and straightaways on a thrilling Waikato River jet boat ride that hits up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour through some of the river’s narrowest parts. The jet boat spins, banks, and makes hairpin turns, then surfs the powerful waves at Nga Awa Purua Rapids. Sit back, hold on, and keep warm with your spray jacket and heated handrails.

What to Expect

Make your own way to the Waikato River—New Zealand’s longest—where you are suited up with spray jackets and receive a safety briefing.

Climb into a powerful, maneuverable jet boat and pull into the current of the Waikato River, speeding upstream to the Aratiatia Power Station, then spinning back downstream toward a series of churning rapids.

Hold on tight as you encounter the Washing Machine and Hay Barn, exciting rapids in a narrow stretch of the Waikato River, and continue to the powerful Nga Awa Purua Rapids, where your driver surfs the jet boat on standing waves. Continue downstream to see the Waikato River’s thermal activity, as well as some gorgeous riverside scenery, before powering back upstream on the exciting return trip to the jet boat base camp.

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1 - 5 of 578 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago
Fantastic! THIS is the one!

The only whitewater (rapids) jet boat ride in the country they say, and it was awesome. Loved the power station too. The whole trip was epic!

Thank Shane J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
35 minutes of fun!

Great, friendly team of people to greet you and get you ready for the ride. The ride itself was just non stop fast paced fun. Drivers are incredibly good at handling those boats! Perfect for thrill seekers but also if you’re just looking for a...More

Thank Aimee B
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the fantastic review Aimee! We loved having you! Please come again. :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing !!!!!

Best jet boat ride ever, fantastic crew very professional. Cool as twists and turns thrills galore...

Thank nighteyes2018
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Cheers for the amazing review! Please come again!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
This is THE Jet Boat ride!

The whole experience from intial enquiry through to receiving our photos almost instantly is done in a thoroughly professional and very friendly manner. The ride through the rapids though is at another level altogether, absolutely brilliant! Skipper Dave was witty and informative and he can...More

Thank David H
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the awesome review David!! Please come again!!! Cheers :)

Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile
AMAZING!!

We thoroughly enjoyed the Rapids Jet ride, it was an awesome experience !! Shannon was our driver and he was great 😄 high recommendation for all ages !!

Thank shevannasullivan
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you for the review Shavanna!! We are proud of our Shannon!

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