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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
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10:30 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.
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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$90.04
12:30 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.
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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.

Reviews (652)
1 - 5 of 652 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
The ride of our lives

Fabulous experience, bouncing through rapids at high speed, and doing 360s. Sam the driver was outstanding, making us feel safe, but energised by the stunts he pulled. Altogether awesome!

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank NewyJP
Reviewed 4 days ago
Awesome jet boat ride

I loved every bit from start to finish and it was a ride of a lifetime and the information of the river was really intriguing

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank ellieinvercargill
Reviewed 5 days ago
Exhilarating and Awesome

My family ( 2 adults and two boys aged 11 & 13) visited in December. From start to finish the ride was great, fast and fun. Driver Shannon, was lovely, funny and dropped in some great bits of info whilst flinging us along the river...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kate S
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Kate, we're so glad you had a brilliant time with Shannon! Thanks for the recommendation! Please come again! :)

Reviewed 5 days ago
"AWESOME RIDE, AWESOME EXPERIENCE"

This company is extremely professional and friendly. Our boat driver Sam was awesome, friendly and an extremely skilled driver. He made the runs over, through and up and down the rapids, speeding through, doing 360 spins in rock outcropped canyon sections not much wider than...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Max B
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Max! Rapids Jet is locally owned and operated so customer service is very important to us, glad it shows! We're wrapped that you had a blast, you'll have to come again! :)

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
excellent value for money!

had a great time with my partner on this today! the tour guide was very knowledgeable of the river and took time to answer our questions, we didnt feel rushed on the tour and he even did donuts in the 8 litre v8 jet boat...More

Thank andrewcZ8258HR
Rapids Jet T, Front Office Manager at Rapids Jet, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Cheers for the recommendation Andrew! Those drivers are pretty cool and full of knowledge! You will have to come again! :)

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